And that rule is that Parking Control Officers won’t give you a ticket for parking on a sidewalk so long as its street sweeping time, so, you know, the SFMTA is “making money” well enough already, thank you very much.
That’s life in the big city…
That was the windup, and here’s the pitch, for our old AAA car club building / brand-new apartment building:
“100 Van Ness combines elevation with elegance offering highrise living with sweeping multi-million dollar views. Our amenity filled Rooftop Terrace elevates 374 feet above ground creating panoramic views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Bay Bridge, Twin Peaks, and everything in between! This world class building is conveniently located within walking distance to public transportation, shopping, dinning, and entertainment.”
(Remember, these aren’t just million dollar views, they’re “multi-million dollar views,” whatever the Hell that means.)
(And remember, 100 Van Ness is a “world class building” – it’s all they talk about at Versailles these days, I’m sure…)
Now, why do they charge $3090 (and up!) per month for small studios? Well, so you can subsidize the rent of all your new BMR neighbors, so that people who lived in SF longer than you auslanders can pay just $1139 a month for much larger two-bedrooms. It’s the Circle of Life, or something.
Oh, and even tho this building be old, there’s no rent control, having to do with the date on the Occupancy Permit. So maybe you’ll get a $1000 a month rent increase after you first year’s lease is up, who knows.
Anyway, the refurbishment looks pretty much done these days. The current view from the south:
And from the north, with City Hall, with the highest classical dome in the Western Hemisphere (yes, classical, highest, Western, if those are the parameters, SF wins the contest) in the foreground:
And where’s the closest gro sto? IDK. One supposes the “ghetto Safeway” at Church and Market, but I’m not sure.
Well here’s the official notice, seen in the Western Addition just north of the Panhandle and, I might add, just after election time:
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Mind you, these aren’t big big city blocks the likes of which you’ll find in SoMA or out in the Avenues. These are small blocks chock-a-block full of bus stops. Check it, and remember that Ashbury used to have stops as well.
So hurrah for the SFMTA.
You’d make it simpler for the fuzz if you’d transfer your booze to a water bottle or something. Simply putting your 40 in a paper bag or, in this case, black fabric(?), doesn’t cut it.
So they’ll pour your brew out right in front of you. And then quickly move on to the friction of the day, no muss, no fuss.
Now if you want real “high-speed motor traffic,” well then look to the 280 freeway.
But if you want a poorly-designed glorified freeway offramp with lots of slow-moving bumper-to-bumper gridlock, well then Octavia is your bingo.
See? This is typical. Traffic has been jammed up here starting about a week after this road opened. This is exactly what low-speed traffic looks like:
No it’s not!
Lying hurts your case. Lying doesn’t help your case.
Here’s what things looked like on August 1, 2014 at a MUNI bus stop that just debuted as a new “commuter shuttle” stop:
I think MUNI meant to say MUNI/COMMUTER SHUTTLES instead of MUNI-COMMUTER SHUTTLES, but who knows.
Note that the small print advises those with Concerns or Complaints to
go to Hell call 311.
Here’s the place, on Hayes at Clayton:
Things were pretty sedate around here before the shuttle program began. (Yes, Hayes is a thoroughfare, as it has the 21 Hayes bus line but that bus doesn’t run as much as the nearby #5 Fulton just to the north or the lines on Haight just to the south.)
Anyway, some of the area NIMBYs are upset, so they started a direct mail campaign and they posted fliers about.
Like here on this rather dirty building, which lost some paint when the fliers came down cause the tape they used was extra strong oh well:
So that’s it – life here is pretty much the same as far as I can tell. I’ve jogged past these two stops, the inbound and the outbound right across the street from each other, four times now, during times when I know that there are hundreds of people milling about the 415 / 628 waiting for dozens of shuttles, and I haven’t seen nothing.
Perhaps the NIMBYs were wrong? Perhaps all good and bad points about life in the 94117 will remain unaffected?
[UPDATE: Oh, here you go, NIMBYs:
“Carli Paine, an SFMTA transportation manager, said about 80 percent of shuttles using Muni stops take passengers to destinations within San Francisco, while the other 20 percent take passengers to destinations outside the city.”
So I don’t know what that means for this particular stop – it could be that only one entity wants to use it. So it could be 100% intra-city, who knows. Oh, what’s that, NIMBY. You’re still upset? You’re all offer me solutions, offer me alternatives, and I decline? OK fine. Have it your way. But keep in mind that most of your “neighbors” aren’t up in arms over this issue, most of your “neighbors” disagree with you. And in any event, August 1st, 2014 will not be the End Of The World As We Know It. You’ll feel fine.]
Here’s a direct mail campaign to “save” the SFMTA MUNI DPT bus stop at Hayes and Clayton.
It comes from somebody who has a lot of energy to post and mail flyers, but this effort is coming waaaaay too late in the process.
Now I’m probably a little too close to this issue myself, but I’ll point out that UCSF employees could be the biggest beneficiaries of having the corner of Hayes and Clayton included as inbound and outbound stops during the trial. And I’ll note that UCSF simply gives money to the SFMTA by, among other things, using the bus stops of the 21 Hayes for public relations advertising. And actually, there are so many UCSF shuttles on Fell and Oak that the unneighborly “neighbors” of NoPA probably don’t even notice them any more.
In any event, it’s a free country so you’re free to mail anybody anything.
And I’ll say that it would be nice if our slow and expensive MUNI system would itself use these bus stops more often. (And the 21 Hayes, in particular, still has too many stops.)
Reader Note: If you can’t read the above, I took another shot and posted it below. One photo used a smaller lens and the other one, well, it has focus issues owing to the bent paper, oh well. And I amazed by how different the yellow-y colors look using auto white balance from two different cams, oh well.
Lisa: I’d like 25 copies on Goldenrod.
Lisa: 25 on Canary.
Lisa: 25 on Saffron.
Clerk: All right.
Lisa: And 25 on Paella.
Clerk: Ok, 100 yellow.
Be afraid, NIMBYs.
Be very, very afraid.
And make sure to inventory every slight you experience this Sunday and then repeat all of them to everybody you know for the the following two weeks so that everybody can now how you, the poor millionaire homeowner, has suffered uniquely owing to this street party what existed long before you were even born.
And just look at it – it’s pointed right towards you! Arrrgh!
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Enjoy your cellphone tower, Western Addition.
Now do you want to say that the top of Hayes Street Hill (aka Alamo Heights, aka the Hayes Street Cut, aka just a little bit east of Hayes and Pierce) FEELS like the highest point, well then be my guest, Gentle Reader.
But after you go down Hayes to Fell and Divisadero, you’re back to climbing a long climb until you get to the pass at Prayerbook Cross well into Golden Gate Park. So the “gentle downhill to the ocean” don’t start, as was widely reported, at the HSH, but rather several klicks away in GGP.
I declare victory.
The BtoB peeps were early with the signs telling all about this Sunday’s annual fun-run / community gathering.
That _should_ cut down on the number of towed cars hauled away early Sunday morning, but it might not – we’ll see.
(Oh and the panicky NIMBY millionaires of Alamo Heights appear to be one notch less panicky this year, for some reason. Yay!)