Posts Tagged ‘inner’

Advice for Newcomers: Here’s Why the Rent’s Cheaper Out in the West Side, Out in The Avenues, in The Sunset and The Richmond

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

So I don’t get this bit about The Avenues, this little ditty that’s all about informing supposed “misinformed newcomers,” ’cause it’s coming from the greatest Misinformed San Francisco Newcomer of all: Gannett Co. Inc’s The Bold Italic, a blog about the SF Bay Area and, oddly, Los Angeles too, a little bit.

I’ll tell you, I know all about the Richmond and Sunset Districts. I’ve actually lived out there, believe it or not, during part of my quarter-century in the City and County (but mostly the City) of SF. And, I’ll tell you, these quite similar areas have their good points, but also they have their bad points.

And one, just one, of these bad points is the Avenues are cut off from the rest of the city, owing to geography. And this fact isn’t helped by our famously-horrible transit system (which might at some point get better, like a BART subway to La Playa or something) but also our poorly-designed network of roads (which is congested already, by design, and is only going to get slower, by design). Things are so bad out there that bike riders are tempted use streetcar-only tunnels to get back to the City Proper.

And then there’s the fog issue, which isn’t going away no matter what. Some people living out there claim it doesn’t really exist. But it does, I knows it.

And then there’s the concomitant ironic naming issue. Let’s start with The SUNset District. Cover your eyes, avert your gaze, West Bay residents:

“If you start at the Bay Bridge and head west along most major streets in San Francisco, you’ll eventually get to a magical land of misery known as the Sunset. The name is a joke, and perhaps even a way to trick tourists: The sun rarely visits the Sunset, not even when it sets. The primary weather element in the Sunset is fog—thick, endless, depressive clouds of it that wash up from the ocean to completely saturate the land. I lived in the Sunset for a single, terrible year. Before I moved there, I used to be one of those snobby city-dwellers who’d look down on suburbanites who couldn’t handle San Francisco’s famously capricious climate. I’d heard the Sunset’s weather wasn’t great, but hey, how bad could it be?

It was bad. Too bad for me; after our lease was up, my wife and I moved to the suburbs. Looking back, what bothered me most wasn’t the terrible climate—though I did hate it—but the vast difference between the Sunset’s weather and the weather everywhere else. Whatever meteorological patterns applied in normal parts of San Francisco didn’t seem to apply to the Sunset, which meant that forecasts for the city held no sway there. If the weatherman said it was going to be 80 and sunny, it was probably 55 and cloudy at my house.

And now, let’s move on to The Richmond District:

“Did the sand dunes in the northwest corner of the city look like Richmond, Australia? One story for the naming of the district is that early settler George Turner Marsh thought so, and named the area around his home such. (Other sources credit a neighborhood booster named George Fletcher for suggesting the name.)”

I’ll tell you, the average daytime temperature in Richmond, Victoria [not the other Richmond in NSW, which is prolly even hotter], Australia these days is 84 degrees freaking Fahrenheit – isn’t it ironic, dontcha think?

So, transportation and climate are just two reasons why rents are lower Out There in The Outer Lands, in the Great Sand Waste, you know, in comparison with the City Proper.

I could go on and on, and, as a matter of fact, I have, and it pisses some people off. Sorry. I just don’t understand why certain people are so defensive about where they live.

So enjoy your pride, Avenues People…

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…but please don’t mislead those “misinformed newcomers,” as you call them.

Especially if you yourself is a well-financed but struggling start-up blog hailing from a Fortune 500 company out of Northern Virginia…

Introducing Loop, the 24 Hour Convenience Store at 19th and Lincoln What Looks Like an Audi Dealership

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

All the deets, via Hoodline.

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When they were building this thing last year, I thought it was going to be a tall apartment building…

Vox Populi: “Putin is Your Friend!”

Monday, January 5th, 2015

As seen in the Sunset District:

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Ghost Car, Arguello – Classic First-Generation Malibu – Rolling In My Six-Four

Monday, December 22nd, 2014

[UPDATE: Reference to the hundrum Richmond District omitted. And somehow, I accidentally changed my Canon’s Mode switch to Manual, which I didn’t think was possible, you know, due to the safety. With my 1D, this would be impossible, but with a 5D, it’s possible, obvs to me now. Anyway, this photo was way overexposed. It was all … foggy.]

Or is it a ’65? I can’t tell.

Nevertheless, this ride was an arresting sight, creepin’ down Geary turning towards Arguello in the Richmond District:

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All this guy needs is 16 switches, and hollow-points for the snitches.

And maybe some D’s.

Play us out, Dr. Dre.

[Female voice w/ Jamaican patois:]
Eeeh, whappn no baby
You look good ina ya car eh
Longtime mi watch ya mi wha chat to ya
And ya a gwaan like ya nuh wha chat to me
So whappn Dre tell em whe di eff a gwaan nuh

Saying Something Nice About the Sunset District: It’s Right Next to Strawberry Hill / Island in Golden Gate Park

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

I’ll tell you, I used to live in the Sunset District, for a short time, when I was in my twenties, and now I’m in my forties and most of what I remember is the relentless fog.

Here’s what I’m talking about.

And these days, I keep hearing from the current residents, the Fog Truthers, people who Deny The Fog.

Oh well. Having dispensed with the Fog Issue, here’s your view of Strawberry Hill / Strawberry Island, looking down (up?) 17th Avenue, on a dreaded sunny day:

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Some people in the Sunset go there every day / every week, so good for them.

And all the Airbnb’ers of the Funset should get on over there as well, if only just once.

So there, I’ve said something nice about the Sunset…

Remarkable New “KOBE BBQ” Restaurant is The Talk of the Richmond District – Turning Heads at 4112 Geary

Monday, November 10th, 2014

Let’s check YouTube:

“‘Kobe beef’ painted on the wall. Bar-B-que.”

See? It’s stupefying.

And The Yelp is hilarious.

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IMO, the LED “OPEN” sign hanging from the fire alarm is the piece de resistance, pardon my French.

“Let me paint a picture for you.  Kobe BBQ is a one-story half of a building, painted entirely black.  No windows.  The words “Kobe BBQ” are painted in big red letters on the top half of the building with a big red arrow pointing down to the door.  At night, the entrance is lit up with bright lights and there is a lighted “Open” sign next to the entrance on top of a sample menu.”

Ikoo, ikoo, everybody let’s go…

The Beautiful Overhead Wires of the Inner Sunset – Wires are Energy, Communication, Transportation – Wires Are Life

Monday, November 10th, 2014

What do you see here? It’s a Rorschach test deal:

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There are some millionaires out there who think that we should take tax money, mostly from non-millionaires of course, and use it to get rid of all these cables and wires and whatnot and replace them with a more expensive approach.

I cry foul.

Inner Sunset Cerberus: Sleepy Bulldogs Obstructing Ninth Avenue in Front of the Nopalito

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

The horror…

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…the horror:

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This Two-Door Station Wagon Must Be the Coolest Car in the Sunset – Chopped and Channeled and Wonderful

Friday, September 26th, 2014

Another local discovery from San Francisco photographer James Corrigan:

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Word on the Street, Outer Avenues Edition: “LEAVE MY CITY, HIPSTER SCUM!” – Pretty Harsh for the Middle Richmond

Friday, September 5th, 2014

It would take me a long time to find this billboard again, as I rely on street signs to tell me which Avenue I’m on* after I’ve crossed the city limits and entered SF County. (Anyway, it’s near this place – but is it the Inner Richmond or the Middle Richmond? I just can’t tell.)

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I sense a little friction.

“I beg of you, Monsieur, watch yourself.  Be on guard.  This place is full of hipsters, hipsters everywhere, everywhere.” –The Dark European

*I suppose there are people out there that you could blindfold and then release at some random place in the Richmond District and then they’d know their exact location based upon sounds, wind patterns, smells, etc. You know, ppl with Local Knowledge. I’m not one of those people (even though I was very close to being redistricted into District One a few years back, oh well).