Posts Tagged ‘hole’

Our Long Parochial Nightmare is Over: The Vandalized Slides at Panhandle Playground 94117 have been Replaced by RPD

Monday, September 8th, 2014

Well the slides at the Panhandle Playground have been replaced after three months of absence.

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1. Perhaps the RPD spokesmodel meant that the entire slide complex was being repaired, as opposed to the $2000 plastic slide itself. I don’t think it would have made sense to repair the slide itself, due to liability issues for starters. This is a brand-new slide, one that’s similar enough to the original.

2. So some wealthy, non-profit people came by with clipboards to say that this particular playground currently earns a “D” grade? Well, OK fine, but if you talk to the people who actually use the place, they, more or less, give it an “A” grade, you know, except for the slide that wasn’t there all summer long. Mmmmm… What’s up with that?

3. Supervisor London Breed’s office was unresponsive to the email contact sent by a group of concerned parents, apparently. So she gets an “F,” or an Incomplete perhaps. (I’ve worked at two similar offices, with about ten or one hundred times as many constituents, and if the elected in charge found out about something like this then there’d be a 20-minute yell-fest and/or a passive aggressive note sent to a (lower-case “s”) supervisor to “fix this.”) So, obvs, a “communication issue” occurred, I just don’t know how common this is with her office.

4. RPD has a policy to not repair anything in a playground if it’s due to be revamped in the next two years? That’s my understanding. Does that mean that this playground won’t get revamped anytime soon? That’s my understanding. Why’s that? Read on, Gentle Reader.

5. What RPD really wants is area parents to get together to raise something on the order of [bites right pinkie finger] one million dollars, you know, the way they do things in rich areas of SF, like Sea Cliff (ala the new Mountain Lake) and Presidio Heights. Only then will RPD put your playground at the top of the fix-it list? OK fine. The funny thing is that most of the money that gets used to refurbish existing playgrounds is paid for by the non-rich, from some bond. But all this doesn’t matter for the playground at hand, because:

6. The slide vandalized in May 2014 has been replaced in September 2014 and the users are now satisfied. No $5,000,000 modernization from the RPD is needed, frankly. [Oh what's that, RPD - this old-school playground costs you a lot of coin to maintain? Well, then why don't you fix it up, RPD, you know, using the money we give you?]

And that’s the end of this story.

Vandalized Panhandle Playground Slide Crisis Enters Its Second Month – Won’t Somebody PLEASE Think of the Children?

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

Amy Stephenson of Hoodline (fka uppercasing) has the deets on the The Case Of The Missing Panhandle Slides

Now here’s how the purple slides looked back in happier times, before The Attack of May 2014:

But then, sometime at the end of May, I’m guessing May 30th or May 31st, you know, the weekend, some vandal(s) (I’m guessing “young punks” or “hippies”) put a giant hole in the leftmost slide. Ouch!

So, first it was all like this…

…and then it was all like this – an even bigger hole:

But then on the following Monday (June 2nd), somebody from SFGov (DPW? RPD? SFPD?) came along and added some red DANGER tape:

And then soon after that, up went the plywood and then somebody came along and did a more permanent fix and so that’s how things look today, near the end of June.

Now I’m just assuming that the hole was the result of vandalism, but I don’t figure how else it could have happened.

(Can I blame SFGov for the hole? Nope. Not at all.)

(Can I find fault with how SFGov was/is handling the issue? Nope. Not at all.)

IMO, fixing these slides proper would be a big job, so simply getting another big old piece of plastic might be the best course of action. And that might take a while. I’m figuring a resolution by the end of July is reasonable – sorry kids.

In mitigation, the playground still has one working slide.

In the meantime, WON’T SOMEBODY PLEASE THINK OF THE CHILDREN?

Life and Death on Hippie Hill: Great Blue Heron vs. Botta’s Pocket Gopher

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

Hey look at this silly goose on Hippie Hill in Golden Gate Park:

So you notice the new gopher holes and you figure there might be some action so you pass the assembled hippies talking about philosophy or drugs or whatever.

Oh, much closer now:

I’ll spare you the shot of this boid waiting above the gopher to give you the lunge:

Poor little feller:

And now, down the hatch…

without a scratch

Remembering the Time It was Acceptable to Dig a Giant Hole in the Sidewalks of Divisadero – How Many Drunken Peds Have Fallen?

Monday, October 7th, 2013

Just look at this thing.

It’s about four feet too far to the left.

IMO.

Betwixt Page and Haight:

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Does This Look Like Berkeley to You? – The Charming Lake Anza Swimming Hole on a Dreaded Sunny Day

Monday, June 24th, 2013

As seen on Saturday by Amy Chen:

But watch for that e coli

Wow: “Coyote on the Moon” – This Critter in Golden Gate Park Owns the Night

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

From photographer David Cruz:

“Golden Gate Park before sunrise, coyote holds it ground and watches over its golf course.”

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Endgame: The Great Pit of California Street Has Now Been Filled Up, Hurray

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

I don’t know about manhole covers and I don’t know why it took four months to do something that should have taken one day.

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Anyway, I think this issue has been resolved…

The Great Hole of California Streets Demonstrates How a Place Like Mexico City is More “Innovative” Than San Francisco

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

This what what you would find on California Street in the Financial District since last year – a manhole* cover hole right in the path of cyclists on Davis Street:

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I don’t know, I thought that San Francisco could have handled things a different way. So I made this post.

But the next day? Nothing. And since then, nothing, until just a few days back when we got this solitary cone:

OK fine, I guess that’ll do, but I wondered why this half-assed solution took months and months.

Anyway, here’s the scene from just one day later, last night, actually:

See? Somebody actually cared enough to implement a better, temporary solution. Let’s call this a three-quarter-assed approach.

After four fucking months, that is.

Now down in Mexico City, a man in a sombrero would have looked at similar hole in the street and he would have said, “Mañana. We’ll fix it tomorrow.” And then, you know what? They would have actually fixed things the next day! They would have put up cones or safety sawhorses or whathaveyou.

Which, of course, is what eventually happened in the heart of San Francisco’s  Financial District but only after months and months.

Let’s all look forward to Mayor Ed Lee’s next pronouncement about us being the Innovation Capital of the World

*Person hole, people hole? C’mon, just tell me what to call it these days and I will, I don’t care about using the old term or some new term.

 

After Four Short Months, San Francisco Finally Fixes The Great Four-Inch Crater of California Street in the Financial

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

See, first the intersection of California and Davis was all like this.

Which I thought could be a little dangerous for cyclists, especially roadies, especially in the rain and whatnot.

But of course nothing happened for four months.

But now it’s all like this:

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What can I say but thanks to the SFMTA or the DPW or whomever for this “innovative” solution.

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!

Ed Lee Gets It Done!

Run Ed Run!

Brownie, you’re doing a heck of a job.

The Great Four-Inch Crater of California Street: A Fairly Large Hazard for Cyclists

Monday, December 12th, 2011

At Davis in the Financial District

I didn’t measure how far down the drop was from the street to where my foot is in the photo, but it’s pretty far.

Wow.