When is the Steam Pipe Underneath McAllister and Larkin NOT Steaming?

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

Via ActionNewsSF, you might search to find a KGO-TV bit covering the traffic-disrupting venting steam pipe at McAllister and Larkin today – it’s more steam than usual, that’s for sure.

But this area of Civic Center right in front of our Asian Art Museum (this year, it’s Shanghai) is basically steaming all the time, right?


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This intersection is usually steaming, unless it’s flooding. Like this:

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Oh well.

As per usual, it all happens on (or near) McAllister Street, Gateway to the Golden Gate Park Panhandle and home of the Snickerdoodle bike path (Route 20), your best way of getting over Alamo Heights while avoiding the abysmal, Hayes Valley NIMBY-designed Octavia Boulevard 24-7 traffic scrum.

The New York-Style Steam Vents of San Francisco’s Civic Center – Here Be Dragons

Friday, November 20th, 2009

New York City has been famous for rising clouds of steam ever since the New York Steam Company started providing service back in 1882. (Honey, hath thouest seen thy steam bill this month? It’s huge!)

San Francisco does its best to keep up, as here, in Civic Center at McAllister and Larkin, a problematic intersection that’s seen all sorts of problems lately. Oh well, enjoy the condensation cloud.

HC SVNT DRACONES – Here Be Dragons:

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Injunction-defying bike rack in the middle of the street or just another steaming sinkhole fence? You Make The Call.

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