Posts Tagged ‘Innovation Capital of the World’

The “Innovation Capital of the World” Uses Old-School Tech: Leaning Over with a Piece of Chalk at the End of a Stick

Friday, May 15th, 2015

There are pros and cons, of course, to using a stick to chalk-mark car tyres and then coming back two or three hours later to see if the car has moved away, in accordance with the 415’s infamous Residential Parking Permit Program.

Here’s what it looks like:

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An actual world capital of innovation would employ GPS and license plate scanners, these days, right?

Anyway, on the pro side, this method works, sort of. What some people do to stick it to the man is to rub off the chalk marks to buy a few more hours of free parking, until the next round of SFMTA marking and checking, but that’s agin the rules – you could get in trouble for that, one supposes.

On the con side, our PCO’s are routinely Bending Over with Piece of Chalk at the End of a Stick. The reason why it costs our SFMTA an excessive amount of money to run the RPP program is because there’s no market discipline at work here, there’s no incentive for the SFMTA to save money because of how CA state law works, oh well.

Anyway, just because your Interim Mayor says that your town is the “Innovation Capital of the World” doesn’t necessarily mean that your town is actually the “Innovation Capital of the World”

Oak Street Blues: What Happens to Your Bike When You Lock It Up in Appointed Mayor Ed Lee’s San Francisco

Thursday, May 15th, 2014

So yeah, the chain and the padlock worked, but you’re going to need some way of keeping the wheels attached, when the freaks come out, at night.

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In mitigation, this ride wasn’t all that expensive to begin with…

Lesson: You Gotta Lock That Down

Good News: We’ve Found Your Stolen Bicycle on Market Street! But, Uh Oh

Monday, August 27th, 2012

Bad News: It’s all in pieces in a shopping cart driven by a man with all sorts of tools at hand.


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That’s how it goes on the Mean Streets of San Francisco, the innovation capital of the world, or something.

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.