Posts Tagged ‘jtown’

Famous San Francisco Photographer David Yu Unleashed on “Animation on Display 2012″ in Japantown

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

Hello, ladies. Do you all like getting dolled up on the weekends and going to events? Events like Animation on Display 2012 in J-Town?

Well, then you ought seek out famous San Francisco photographer David Yu, why not?

This could be you!

All photos by and copyrighted by David Yu

I guess I could try to duplicate this style. First I’d be all, well, I need a new camera, maybe one of these, and then I’d need a new lens, maybe one of these, and then I’d need a PhotoShop coach, maybe someone like David Yu, etc…

There’s Free WiFi in Japantown Courtesy of the Japanese Cultural and Community Center and AT&T? Hurray!

Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

Remember that jackass mayor we had not too long ago? Remember all his unkept promises, like Citywide Wi-Fi for San Francisco?

I do. Bad times. I think it was 2005.

Anyway, these days the few areas around town you where you can rely on free govt. Wi-Fi are around federal housing projects. (One time my Samsung could see the Valencia Gardens WiFi all the way from Civic Center. Good times.)

Anyway, I guess “jtown connected” is the Wi-Fi you can get on Post in the Western Addition.

See?

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Hurray!

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.)

J-Pop Festival a Huge Success in Japantown – the Debut of the “New People” Building

Monday, August 17th, 2009

You knew that something big was going in Japantown when you saw this big sign go up last week – lots of people worked late into the night to make sure Saturday’s opening of the glassy “NEW PEOPLE” centre went off without a hitch.

Putting the finishing touches on the second-floor carousel at 9:00 PM. Click to expand:

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And here’s the result Saturday morning, via the ubiquitous Steve Rhodes, who, like Visa, is Everywhere You Want To Be:

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And, bonus, J-Town hosted a J-POP Summit to celebrate the building’s opening. Hello Kitty, Harajuku Girls, etc. in the house:

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Post Street, as witnessed by Elanine A.

Read all about Saturday’s festivities here, via Robert Selna and here, where you can see tofu connoisseur and Supervisor Ross “The Boss” Mirkarimi helping to kick things off.

Excelsior! Good Luck NEW PEOPLE BUILDING!