Posts Tagged ‘la playa’

Mondrian House, Outer Outer Sunset District, West of the Western Addition, San Francisco County

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

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The Current La Playa Safeway is a Time Machine: It Will Take You Back – Visit Before It Gets Replaced, Replaced By This

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

I guess the Safeway people have resolved not to put any more money into the La Playa store, and that makes sense considering that The Future is just around the corner.

The current set-up is straight outta the 1970′s and it looks it, for better or worse – it’s shabby-chic but without the chic:

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No matter, Safeway La Playa is the place people hit for bonfire wood and cheap beer before heading out to an evening at Ocean Beach, and that will always be true.

Twas ever thus.

A Dirty Harry Situation Out in the Outer Sunset – Dead Pool of the Avenues – Don’t Let This Mini Motorcycle Under Your Car!

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

I had to back my Olds 98 into a Rockford Files-style J-turn and then haul  all the way to La Playa, for fear of this possible assassination attempt:

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After all, Safety First – you can’t be too careful out there on the mean streets* of San Francisco.

*And Avenues…

The San Francisco Equivalent of Parking on the Lawn: Putting the Park Back Into the Parkside

Friday, May 30th, 2014

In the wild, wild west part of San Francisco County, people have been paving over their front yards for parking space.

Thusly:

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Now is this kind of thing kosher?

Sometimes not.

To wit:

It’s illegal to pave over your yard, but it’s pretty widely ignored, and people do it with impunity.”

The process of getting homeowners to comply is “complaint driven,” which means nobody has the will to enforce Da Law Out West, oh well.

The Somnolent Outer Sunset “La Playa” Shows Signs of Life – Fewer Boarded Up Windows – $5 Large Pizza, $4 Toast

Friday, April 4th, 2014

Here’s a shot from the 4000 block of Judah betwixt 45th and 46th avenues.

Man this place is bleak, no matter what you call it. But it’s between Ocean Beach and city part of San Francisco so it’s not a bad place for a coffee shop, I s’pose.

Hey look, one of the boarded up businesses is getting worked on, right there at 45th:

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But whoops, that former gas station / car service station has been sitting empty for a long while.

On the other side of the street is a rare San Francisco 7-11 featuring $5 large pizza.

This place is what it is, I don’t see the point of the gov’mint trying to change it.

Anyway, read the link above and see if some people aren’t being a tad optimistic…

The Reason Why Arguello Isn’t Called First Avenue, Plus Bloggish Snark from a Century Ago, Plus NIMBYs!

Monday, September 13th, 2010

Arguello Boulevard used to be called 1st Avenue, back in the day. (That makes sense since it’s right next to 2nd Avenue.) The story of how it got its name changed to honor José Darío Argüello a century ago can be found in the SF History Encyclopedia.

Check it, there was an official San Francisco street renaming commission with a sweeping proposal:

“The scheme called for First Avenue to become Arguello, Second Avenue to become Borcia, Third Avenue to become Coronado, continuing for all 26 letters of the alphabet. Starting with Twenty-seventh Avenue, the streets would be designated by male or female saints, starting with San Antonio and ending with Santa Ynez at Forty-Seventh Avenue. Unable to find Spanish saints with names beginning with K, Q, W, X or Z, they chose first Alcatraz, then Ayala for Forty-eighth Avenue and La Playa for Forty-ninth Avenue.”

See? So when you talk about your favorite new restaurant on the 200-block of Clement, just tell your friends the joint is between Borcia and Coronado – they’ll love it.

This cartoon from the ‘Xam certainly is irreverent, borderline snarky:

And The Embarcadero used to be called East Street?

“Lost! Lost in barbarous Mexico”

But the renaming scheme ran into a little blowback from racist NIMBY landed gentry residents and insular neighborhood associations, much as it would today.

“The neighborhood newspaper, The Richmond Banner, editorialized on November 19: “If the wishes of the twelve of our “patriotic” supervisors are carried out, our Sunset and Richmond districts will soon be known as the Spanish Town of San Francisco, and ‘The Spanish will then have taken San Francisco’ notwithstanding Dewey’s victory at Manila Bay several years ago.” The editorial contrasted the twelve who voted for the name changes against the five “true Americans” who resisted the proposal to “Spaniardize” the districts. “The people of Sunset and Richmond are fully aroused and will never submit to the insult and injustice heaped upon them by the majority of the Board of Supervisors.” In closing, the editor pledged, “Sunset and Richmond districts will stand together and fight this miserable surrender of American names to a finish.”

O.K. then.

But, as you probably already know, everything got worked out in a Grand Compromise:

“Bowing to the pressure, the Commission agreed that the avenues could remain unchanged except for First Avenue and Forty-ninth Avenueand the alphabetical cross-streets would be the only other western district streets to be renamed, except for the Geary Street extension. The name of Point Lobos was removed from most of the Richmond, but would be given to the curving road that extended from Fortieth Avenue to the Cliff House.”

And here’s the conclusion:

“The street naming of 1909 started with the noblest of motives. It soon took on the atmosphere of a farcical comic opera. The outraged citizenry made exaggerated claims rife with bombastic racism, nationalism and religious partisanship.”

Same As It Ever Was