This is what passes for fast food in Japan these days:
Click to expand
I couldn’t believe it.
People have been tooling around Golden Gate Park in their cars for more than 100 years, but it’s never been tougher than now to get around and find a space on the weekends.
This is what MLK Drive looks like from 9th Avenue on a summer weekend – it’s a parking lot. You’d be better off walking:
Click to expand
And here’s where you’ll find cyclists and bikers on MLK when things are bad – they just lane-split in the middle of the road. That’s how bad it can get.
Now, if you want to approach the park from the north, from the Richmond District and then head right to that $4 per hour Music Concourse garage, well then be my guest. The problem with that is that the garage gets full sometimes. In that case, you should be able to (eventually) find a space on Fulton (for free on Sundays and some holidays.)
Or you could make a try for Stow Lake, where it’s always free to park. Pretty easy to get to from the south. Just follow the blue arrows past the boat house – if you can find a place near the east end of the lake then you’ll have to walk just a couple minutes to get to wherever you’re going.
Whatever you do, don’t try to circle the Music Concourse or use MLK between 9th Ave. and the southern entrance to Stow Lake. You’ll be traveling at one MPH if you’re lucky and there’s a good chance the southern garage entrance will be blocked off. You’d be better off trying to find a free space on MLK east of 7th Ave. or on Lincoln (where it’s free to park on Sundays.)
Bay Area “serial entrepreneur” Stuart Skorman (be sure to read his congratulatory, self-written Wikipedia entry here) has used a tiny piece of his remaining millions to pay PR-types to promote his Big New Idea. That’s right, the founder of Berkeley’s closed-down Elephant Pharmacy wants to restrict tobacco sales in California to pharmacies only.
Yes, that’s contrary to recent trends in the 415 und 510, but Stuart wants the chance to cross-sell nicotine patches and gum. In his words, this would be “good for business.” Read all the deets below and here, at HealthyPharmacies.org.
The view from my tenement apartment’s living room, betwixt the roof of a garage and the hard partiers upstairs. Will Mr. Skorman’s proposal serve to slow this cascade of cigarette butts? We Can Only Hope:
Whatever survives the ten foot fall stays there forever, out of reach. Oh well.
That was the wind-up, and here’s the pitch:
San Francisco, Berkeley Missed Public Health Opportunity by Moving Tobacco Sales Out of Pharmacies
Pharmacy Pioneer Stuart Skorman Says Only Pharmacies Should Sell Tobacco, Help Smokers Quit
San Francisco and Berkeley missed an opportunity to help smokers quit when the cities moved all tobacco sales out of pharmacies, according to a new Bay Area health initiative. Instead of having smokers buy cigarettes in convenience stores and at other retailers, smokers should buy cigarettes only at pharmacy counters, says Stuart Skorman, founder of Elephant Pharmacy.
Launching HealthyPharmacies.org, Skorman is focused on making pharmacies centers of health and wellness at the community level. “They can’t just sell medicines to people who are sick. They must educate consumers and give them tools to lead healthier lives.”
Keeping cigarettes behind the pharmacy counter would do just that, Skorman says. When a smoker asks for a pack of cigarettes, pharmacy staff would have the opening to offer nicotine replacement, such as the patch or gum, or point smokers in the direction of counseling and other tools. The approach wouldn’t require a prescription for tobacco but would offer smokers tools to help them quit.
Ever more deets, after the jump
The answer to this question depends on how you look at it, of course, but it’s interesting to note that this new electronic sign was placed a mile away from the Music Concourse Garage, on a rainy weekday, during winter.
Empty streets, full garage, for some reason:
Click to expand.
Or for that matter, what about next month, when Evolve 2009 will attract Charles Darwin fans to the CAS?
Here’s what some of the neighbors think: the garage is an attractive nuisance that encourages visitors to queue up and idle in their cars all around the councourse on the weekends. If the garage were bigger, wealthy tourists could just drive in easily and be done with it. If the garage were smaller, maybe the tourists would find somewhere else to park.
(Next question: is it too expensive (three bones an hour, on the tweekends) or too cheap? Vested interests could make the case either way.)
Let’s all be patient during the upcoming Great Music Concourse Traffic Crisis of 2009. We’ll figure it out.
And aren’t we lucky to have such popular attractions in our backyard?
Yes we are.