Posts Tagged ‘ivy’

If Lech Walesa Doesn’t Like Gay People, Then Why Does San Francisco Honor Him with Lech Walesa Street?

Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

The News of the Day:

“Walesa said in a television interview on Friday that he believed gay people had no right to sit on the front benches in parliament and, if there at all, should sit in the back ‘or even behind a wall’.”

And here is Lech Walesa Street, off of famous-for-its-gay-people Polk Street, near famous-for-its gay-people Market Street, and just a half-block from world-famous San Francisco City Hall:

The former Ivy Street, at Polk:

OMG, OMG, Meet Hundreds of Adorable Goats Today at the Presidio! Nature’s Lawnmowers Come to the Golf Course

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012

Get on up to the Presidio today at 1:00 PM to see hundreds of goats being delivered to clean up the areas surround our Presidio Golf Course. Deets below.

And then, to make your day completely hurcine, go ahead and nosh on a warm Goat Cheese Naploleon at the popular Presidio Cafe:

GOAT CHEESE NAPOLEON – warm Laura Chenel goat cheese, puff pastry, sweet & spicy pecans, fresh berries & balsamic dressing

It’s the circle of life, or something, nom nom.

Oh, here they are:

Three Boer Goats via Jennifer Schwalm

(When young, these critters kind of look like dogs.)

All the deets:

“NATURE’S LAWNMOWERS” REPORT FOR TOUR OF DUTY AT PRESIDIO GOLF COURSE

Date: Tuesday August 7, 2012

Time: 1:00pm

Location: Presidio Golf Course; behind the clubhouse (300 Finley Road, inside the Arguello Gate)

Who: The Presidio Trust and Arnold Palmer Golf welcome a herd of goats to the Presidio Golf Course to tame the overgrown ivy, blackberry and hemlock that have popped up around the links. The goats will arrive at 1:00pm on Tuesday, August 7 and will be corralled at the clubhouse for about an hour when the public can “meet the goats.” After all the goats are unloaded, they will be shepherded by three border collies to a site near the driving range.

What: The 250-300 Boer goats begin their culinary odyssey in an overgrown thicket behind the driving range. The hungry herd’s two-week tour of duty will be spent chomping through weeds and transforming them into natural fertilizer, allowing native grasses to flourish. Once the unwanted vegetation has been eaten back, not only can errant golf balls be retrieved, but serpentine soil will be revealed. The hope is long buried seeds will sprout, enabling native wildflowers and grasses to once again take root and thrive. The goats’ next stop will be a wetland area near the 4TH hole now thick with thistle and hemlock.

The project is part of a broader effort to upgrade the course using sustainable means whenever possible. Improvements are planned for every hole and bunker on the course, including the creation of so-called “fuzzy bunkers” using native plants and grasses. The result will be a course that is both more attractive and more challenging, with a less manicured and wilder look evocative of traditional Scottish links courses.

Originally constructed in 1895, the Presidio Golf Course is the second oldest course west of the Mississippi. Long restricted to members of the military and the exclusive Presidio Golf Club, the course was opened to public play 1995.

The goats are supplied by California Grazing, a holistic land management company that provides brush and weed control through grazing.”

See you there!

Open Air Bathroom, Buena Vista Park, San Francisco, California

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

As seen from the sidewalk of BVP East:

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Know Your San Francisco AIDS Foundation Needle Exchange Program – Nine Operations Each Week

Monday, October 17th, 2011

It’s been a while, and things have changed a bit, so here we go again.

As seen behind the Church Street Safeway:

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All sites offer the following services:

  • Sterile syringe exchange
  • Safer injection and sex supplies
  • Printed resources and information on drug treatment, medical care, and health & social services

Additional services available at individual needle exchange sites are listed below along with site times and locations.

Site listings by day of the week

  • Monday, 7pm – 9pm: Ivy Street (between Polk & Van Ness/Grove and Hayes, next to Tom Waddell Clinic) (Yahoo! map)
    • Anonymous, free, oral HIV testing – Tenderloin Health 
    • Urgent medical care
  • Tuesday, 10am – 12 noon: 117 Sixth Street (near Mission) (Yahoo! map)
    • Urgent medical care and referrals
  • Tuesday, 6pm – 8pm: Duboce (between Church and Market) (Yahoo! map)
  • Thursday, 12:30pm-1:30pm: Martin De Porres @ 225 Potrero Ave between 15th & 16th  (Google map)
  • Thursday, 7pm – 9pm: Hemlock Alley (between Post and Sutter/Polk and Van Ness) (Yahoo! map)
  • Friday, 12 noon – 2pm: 117 Sixth Street (near Mission) (Yahoo! map)
    • HIV, Hep C testing, 12-2pm
  • Friday, 6pm – 8pm: 234 Eddy Street (near the Windsor Hotel) (Yahoo! map)
  • Friday, 7pm – 9pm: Mobile Outreach based at 16th Street @ Mission (Yahoo! map)
  • Saturday3pm – 11pm: 117 Sixth Street (near Mission) (Yahoo! map)
Get the FAQ after the jump.
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Why Does Narrow Webster Street Widen into a Boulevard for Just 11 Blocks?

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

You all know Webster Street, right? It’s Fillmore’s little buddy, taking people from Market Street north all the way up to our mismanaged Marina Yacht Harbor.

But take a look here to see what happens after it crosses Hayes Street. It turns into boulevard for some odd reason, for some 11 blocks, only to shrink back down again into a regular street at the intersection at Bush.

Looking north. The traffic heading up this street, (like the silver SUV) needs to jog right to get on the other side of the very wide median See that? It’s goes parking lane, bike lane, slow lane, fast lane, huge median, fast lane, slow lane, bike lane, and then another parking lane:

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Here’s a bird’s-eye view. From Grove to Bush, from the Western Addition to “Little Osaka” (the cartographers’ favorite term for what people actually call Japantown in real life) it’s an unbusy boulevard, for an only-Gaia-knows-why purpose:

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I cry foul.

Here’s a modest proposal – why not de-boulevard (v.t.) Webster by getting rid of the useless treed-up median and the twin northbound lanes for the entire three-quarters of a mile? Would anybody miss the median and the extra lanes? I mean, Fillmore does the all the heavy lifting with traffic and buses and whatnot, right?

That would leave us with 200,000 square feet of space to do whatever we want with. What would you do with 3.5 football fields worth of space?

In Japantown, some people already want to shut down the northbound lanes for extra parking or for temporarily housing businesses displaced by planned seismic upgrades for buildings on Post Street. But why not just kill the whole boulevard now in one fell swoop?

(Poorly-designed Octavia Boulevard has the opposite problem of having too much stalled traffic idling away, blocking travelers journeying east and west. Oh well.)   

In conclusion:

 What do we want?

A de-boulevarded Webster Street!

When do we want it?

Now!  

(Repeat as necessary.)