Posts Tagged ‘j-town’

Shabby, Rusted Japantown – We’d All Have Been MUCH Better Off Without REDEVELOPMENT, Ch. CCLIX – Concrete And Clay And General Decay

Thursday, August 17th, 2017

Our J-Town is sort of a mess, not that I’m complaining, not that I’m calling for a “Fix-It Team” to drop everything and work on the solitary issue, that I, the monomaniacal activist, care about, no not at all. Let me explain.

All this Redevelopment stuff, all this concrete put in in the 1960’s is not up to snuff earthquake-wise – the garage, the east mall, the west mall, just entire blocks of Redevelopment. How on Earth can you bring things up to 2017-era minimal standards without spending a metric shit-ton of (non-existent) money? Well IDK.

And if even if you had the money to spend, how long would it take? How many years? What they’ve been talking about, for years/decades is an entire redo, a Re-Redevelopment, which would entail kicking out all the shops and restaurants, the bustling successful ones along with those just scraping by, and have them go … go where exactly? How about excessively wide Webster Street? I’m talking about the actual street itself – take out a couple lanes and the median and set up temporary shops, you know, Hayes Valley-style. That was a proposal.

And then, tens of millions of dollars (and who knows, nine figures?) could be poured in to seismic up.

(And to pay for this, there would have been a $100k tax on condos, so good luck with that – do you want to build up Japantown with slivers filled up with 500-1000 new condo units? Well, that’s what some people wanted.

Anyway, the moral of the story is for SFGov to not be so goddamned confident with future projects. Kind of like, “Don’t Just Do Something, Just Stand There.” And maybe we should instead spend our money on fixing up our Mistakes From The Past.

JMO.

And now, Japantown, a land of Wind and Ghosts:

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And car break-ins, of course, for tourists and locals alike. The expensive signs make everything better though, some feel:

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So you want to build a bridge, young Designers and Architects and Planners, but you don’t want to maintain it, that’s Someone Else’s Problem? You want to get it on to Make the Baby, but you don’t have the Staying Power to take care of the Baby. It sure as Hell looks that way:

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But newish banners – that’s the solution, so far:

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In the meantime, Concrete and Clay. 

And General Decay

FIN

And Frisco’s Highest-Rated Cake Bakery is Yasukochi’s Sweet Stop on Sutter at Buchanan – And Groove On Its Groovy Logo

Tuesday, December 15th, 2015

This is heavy lift – garnering 4.5 Yelp stars at a bakery in the somewhat dreary, windswept Western Addition.

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Find it inside the Super Mira Market corner sto’

OMG, It Will Kill Us All! – $400 Pusheen Super Jumbo 41″ Plushie on Sale Now in J-Town – Remember, Christmas is Coming

Monday, December 14th, 2015

Presenting Pusheen:

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At Kinokiniya Bookstore:

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Mr. Miyagi 94115 – A Clean Machine in J-Town – Wax On, Wax Off

Tuesday, December 1st, 2015

These people on Post in their 80(!) year old, concours-ready ride are from car-obsessed L.A., I’m guessing…

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It Turns Out that Skateboarding IS a Crime – This Sign in J-Town Tells Us So – But It’s Been Cleverly Defaced

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

See? The board icon has become a unibrow and the wheels have become eyes.

And a stickerer has covered over the NO in NO SKATEBOARDS.

See?

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Did you know that people make up their own signs to fool the public into thinking that their official? People do.

(You know what other signs you can see in Japantown these days? “FOR LEASE” signs. Oh well.)

OMG, the Newish Daiso Japanese Dollar Store at Post and Buchanan is Huge – It’s Totally Out of Control

Thursday, August 18th, 2011

I’ll tell you, I’m probably passing by the bustling two-year-old Daiso store on relatively flat Post Street like twenty times a week and yet I had no idea it was there until just recently.

(The reason being is that this Daiso is hiding in one of those horrible 60’s-style, earthquake-unsafe, concrete mini-malls* that make J-Town look like a ghost town, like the Land of Wind and Ghosts, even though sometimes Japantown has a lot of foot traffic in some of its stores.)

Anyway, the Yelpers think that this outlet is small, but I think it’s huge. You should get over there just for the laughs. I guarantee you’ll find something you’ll enjoy seeing (even if you don’t buy anything).

So, go to that horrible concrete tower** what symbolizes Japantown and then head across that horrible concrete plaza towards downtown and you’ll bump right into it. (I think there’s a new sign that says “East Mall” or something – right there.

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22 Peace Plz
Ste 400
San Francisco, CA 94115

Enjoy!

* They Should All Be Destroyed. And hey, thanks San Francisco Redevelopment Agency! What’s this you say? You eliminated “blight” in the Western A? Hellooooo, R.A.? You is blight. You are the #1 blight producer in the 415! Veritably, you are the melon-farming C&C Blight Factory. A little self-awareness would help. Hey, why not have a ceremony and apologize to everybody about what you’ve been doing in the Fillmore the past half-century plus? All right, Go Forth and Sin No More.

**Actually, it’s somewhat historically accurate (I think it’s inspired from similar towers in the Nara region) to the shock of most Japanese, who consider it something Chinese, or something, just anything but Japanese-style.

1865 Post in J-Town: From Yelp-Fraudulent “Kabuki Kitchen” to “Sundance Kitchen” to Nothing in a Few Short Years

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

First, it was all like this, the Kabuki Kitchen at 1865 Post near Fillmore, where a little five-star Yelp Fraud didn’t have the intended effect:

So then it was all like this, with a new name and menu for Bob Redford’s joint right next to the Sundance Kabuki movie theatre:

But now it’s all like this, all closed up:

Oh well.

Hey, maybe if Japantown hadn’t chased away so many tenants all these years there’d be a critical mass of foot traffic?

Maybe. Storefronts on Post what were empty in 2005 are still empty in 2011.

The whole place looks like a ghost town (a cold, 1960’s-style 100% cement ghost town) at night, pretty much. (Concrete and clay and general decay…)

Oh well.

Sunday Streets Western Addition to Run From Fell-Masonic to JapanTown on Sept. 19th

Monday, July 26th, 2010

Word comes from the Pedestrianist about this draft map of the upcoming Sunday Streets in the Western Addition. But a new map could be coming soon.

See? That would be a lot of territory to cover, and parts of it would be quite hilly indeed. The pass over Alamo Heights is at McAllister and Divisidero (which is why the Snickerdoodle bike path is there), but I guess they don’t want to shut down Divis.

Anyway, at the very least, this is one of the proposals. I’ll tell you, a lot of fixie riders will not be able to handle this part of Golden Gate Avenue – going up (lack of gearing) and going down (lack of brakes).

Suffice to say this will be the territory covered, mas o menos. Anyway, I thought I’d share it with you, as I was unaware of any map at all.

(Look forward to a revised map. I’d be shocked if this version gets green-lighted)

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.)

In San Francisco’s Japantown, Crane Horse Boat is Tsu-ru, U-ma, Fu-ne

Saturday, October 17th, 2009

You can learn a lot when you visit San Francisco’s Japantown

The Great Mall of Buchanan, at night:

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