Posts Tagged ‘i-80’

Uh, the Homeless Tents are Back – On Division, Under the I-80 – This is Exactly What November 2015 Looked Like

Sunday, August 21st, 2016

First one tent, then another, and then, around Thanksgiving 2015, there was a whole line of tents on both sides of Division, 13th Street, or whatever this French Connection-style road is called.

August 20, 2016:

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At that time last year, I was thinking that the SFPD was going easy on the homeless having to do with the end-of-the-year holidays, or the (anticipated) El Niño rainstorms, and I also wondered if preparations for the unexpectedly expensive and unpopular corporate party for the NFL’s 50th Super Bowl were a factor.

These days, I know that tents with cheap but functional fiberglas poles can be had for like $25, which seems a lot cheaper than what I can recall that the old North Face Outlet sold aluminum-poled tents for, even at a super duper discount.

Those are the four factors I can think of for why 2015 became the Year of Sidewalk Tents in Frisco.

Anyway, these tents are back, as of August 2016.

If You Like Your Bridges without a Lot of Foofaraw, then the Alfred Zampa Memorial Bridge at Carquinez Strait is for You

Monday, July 11th, 2016

As seen on the I-80:

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You can’t get simpler than this…

Here’s the OTHER Part of the “Berkeley’s Big People” Art Installation: Bros Flying Kites, Mostly

Friday, January 15th, 2016

You’ve seen the northern end, now here’s the southern end:

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OK fine…

Mercy Sakes Alive, Looks Like We Got Us A Convoy, a Huge Military Convoy, on the I-80, Heading East

Monday, January 11th, 2016

I aint never seen this:

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I can remember seeing some HUMVEEs on the “Interstate” freeways of Honolulu,* but H1 Hummers were the smallest of the lot here. Look at these beasts – I bet they put out more NOx than a TDI VW:

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Here’s what you need, an 8×8 Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck (HEMTT) M984 wrecker

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About ten vehicles altogether…

*Yes, just one city has three entire interstate freeways inside of it

Motorized Farming in the Great Valley in 2016 Doesn’t Look All That Much Different Than What It Must Have a Century Ago

Thursday, January 7th, 2016

So you got your crew, your crew conveyance and some port-a-potties out there, and probably some hand tools

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Take out the port-a-potties and the van and this scene could be from 1916 just saying…

But Is It Art? Huge DinoCar, Central Valley Near the I-80

Thursday, January 7th, 2016

In my day, we’d call this a brontosaurus, but then again we also called Frisco Frisco, plus at that time they learned us that Pluto was a full-on planet so oh well don’t listen to me, I’m sure they have a better word than brontosaurus these days, when kids don’t learn (how to smoke and) how to name dinosaurs from Flintstones reruns…

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The Only Thing More Berkeley than the “Berkeley’s Big People” Sculptures is the Lengthy, Overbudget Process Behind Them

Tuesday, January 5th, 2016

I’d never really looked at this expensive hunk of fiberglass afore.

Oh, Kenneth Baker hates it:

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Obviously conceived before the rise of iPhones…

Here‘s the whole story.

Presenting Unpopular Mayor Ed Lee’s Tent City: Hundreds of People Living on the Northern Sidewalks of 13th Street

Monday, December 14th, 2015

The north part of each block of the stretch of road underneath the I-80 from 11th Street (where Costco #144 is) to Valencia is now occupied by numerous tents.

I’ve seen four in a row before but this kind of thing is unprecedented, IMO:

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Some blocks might have 15 tents, one after the other, these days? I’ll check next time I’m down there.

In other news:

Lee’s approval ratings plunge as voters sour on S.F.’s direction

The Colorful I-80 Freeway Overpass Paintball Test Pillar of the IKEA District, Emeryville, CA 94608

Monday, September 21st, 2015

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The Best Political Ad in History: “FRIENDS OF OBAMA” ADOPT-A-HIGHWAY Sign, on the I-80

Monday, September 21st, 2015

What comes next, FRIENDS OF TRUMP?

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Wonder how much the naming rights for this sign cost…