Posts Tagged ‘leavenworth’

Twitterloin Update: Adieu Big Boy Market – More Uncritical Source Greasing from CW Nevius – La Muerte del Niño Grande

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

Here’s a statement about the northern Twitterloin from CW Nevius inTenderloin nonprofits vs. bad apple corner stores:

“He hired a security guard and installed lights and cameras, but he and the people at the neighborhood’s other service agencies know where the real problems originate — the handful of lawless corner stores.

So, the “real problems” of the Tenderloin originate from a handful of lawless corner stores?

Uh, nope!

The test will be when the handful of corner stores get shut down and then the New Day doesn’t dawn, of course.

(One supposes that Nevius needs to “add drama” in order to justify his high-salary, low-effort gig.)

Now obvs, if SFGov is sufficiently motivated, it can “dramatically” change the character of a high-crime corner or a block pretty much at will. (Like at Jones and Market, the former open-air, stolen iPhone Apple store in front of the check-cashing place. Post an officer not just for one shift, but for all shifts and then people will get the message to move on.) But I’m skeptical of SFGov doing much more than that, of it “bringing a new day” to the TL. I heard the same type of thing when I lived in the area, back before Nevius white-flighted to The Creek in the East Bay, and periodically I keep hearing the same-old-same-old from some of the bad apple service agencies that Nevius is in communication with. (You know, like the one with the chief exec who sometimes threatens to sue and almost always belittles The Neviusese’s employer, for instance.)

Naive newcomer Nevius is far more optimistic than I on this score.

In any event, if SFGov can shut down an individual store and CW Nevius wants to cheerlead from his empty nest condo in SoSoMA, that’s fine. But it’ll be a long wait for a “new day” in the TL.

Oh well.

Background: The Big Boy Market at 180 Golden Gate is no more as of 2014.

And here’s a shot I took, from 2011 – it seemed to piss off the people hanging about. (Everything’s filtered ‘cept for the DRUG-FREE SCHOOL ZONE (or should it have been SCHOOL-FREE DRUG ZONE?) sign:

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Hey Nevius, why don’t you spend a Night in the Twitterloin ala this guy? You know, have a hat cam on, or have a drone hovering overhead to record your interactions. Or, just keep on doing the same old, waiting for Randy Shaw to email you with his latest Crusade, that kind of thing. I suppose you get paid the same either way…

‘Til next time, Niño Grande.

The death of a giant baby
Well, it happens a lot ’round here
And if you think peace is a common goal
That goes to show how little you know
The death of a giant baby
Well, I’d rather not get involved
I never talk to my neighbor
I’d rather not get involved
Love, peace and harmony?
Love, peace and harmony?
Oh, very nice, very nice, very nice, very nice
But maybe in the next world

What’s “A San Francisco Landmark?” – You’d Never Guess – Not Even with 100 Tries – Certainly, It’s Big

Monday, January 12th, 2015

Here it is:

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Here’s the answer:

In-N-Out Burger, Jefferson Street, Fishermans Wharf

(I saw the landmark part first and then looked up to see the sign.)

I’ll tell you, the In-N-Out is in no way a San Francisco Landmark.

(I wonder who signed off on this one?)

Google 2845 Leavenworth to get a Street View.

I guess In-N-Out wanted a big-ass sign and the “urbanists” didn’t want anything to mar the “character” of the Fish Wharf so it had to go half way up the block towards Beach?

OK fine…

Rarely Seen: A Tagger Artist and His Work, Just Moments After Its Creation in the “Uptown” Tenderloin

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

[UPDATE: A Berkeley resident who’s practically become a member of the Willie Brown / Ed Lee administration in San Francisco calls the Tenderloin the “Uptown Tenderloin” for some reason. Check it out here.]

Bro was fast – too fast for me.

But rest assured he was the one who scribbled the white markings on this drainpipe in the 94102:

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What does it mean? What message does this misunderstood urban street yoot mean to convey?

I know not.

The Church of UC Hastings Law School

Thursday, January 10th, 2013

100 McAllister in the Tenderloin / Twitterloin started off life as a church / hotel.

Can you tell? 

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Taxi and MUNI Driver Organizing Meeting Coming August 1st, One Day Before the Great Transit Strike of 2011

Friday, July 8th, 2011

I’ve told you before, taxi drivers, and I’ll say it again.

If you want to get healthcare and if you want local govt. to take you seriously, become a MUNI driver.

Anyway, the latest deets are below.

One of the group of San Francisco taxi drivers who isn’t afraid of a little protest, obviously. She has three kids and she’s from Brazil – maybe she’ll be at the big meeting:

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Do I think it’s remotely possible that the bulk of a shift of taxi drivers will go on strike? No.

Do I think it’s probable that MUNI drivers will go on strike on August 2? Also no.

Anyway, the latest:

SF Transit Operator/Taxi Drivers Organizing Meeting August 1st

An open meeting is scheduled for Monday, August 1st, 2011 from 6pm to 9pm, between San Francisco taxi drivers and MUNI bus workers. (Everyone is welcome)

These meetings are to strengthen relations between the taxi workers and bus workers, and to envision a more united and organized public transit worker front. Taxi drivers of late have been protesting 5% credit card fees, rear seat payment terminals, and electronic waybill tracking.

Some MUNI and TAXI workers have voiced OSHA health and safety complaints. They are also protesting Proposition G, which is said to prevent workers from negotiating on their work conditions.

The MTA has recently approved a $233 million contract towards its controversial $1.6 billion project to begin tunneling under Chinatown. Meanwhile, taxi workers and MUNI workers are seeking to combine their efforts to not be forgotten and fight for their rights and demand to have what’s theirs.

WHEN: Monday, August 1st, 2011 from 6pm to 9pm.
WHERE: 201 Turk St. between Jones and Leavenworth.”

TL Update: Is Leavenworth and Golden Gate a “Drug-Free School Zone” or a School-Free Drug Zone?

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

The sign that you can see in front of the Big Boy Market (aka Niño Grande with the “e” in a different font, showing that it was forgotten about, initially) indicates the former, but my eyes, after witnessing zero schools and mad drug dealers shouting, “Five-oh, five-oh,” well my eyes say the latter.

But why don’t you drop by to say hi and then judge for yourself. After all, this part of the unreconstructed Uptown Tenderloin Crime District is rated a perfect 100 by Walk Score. It’s a Walker’s Paradise, they say. (But IRL, it’s not – you should totally stay out this part of the TL, IMO.)

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‘Til next time, Niño Grande.

UC Hastings Law School Ought to Put a Windmill on top of the 100 McAllister Building

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

Why not?

It’s always windy up there on top of the dorms, right?

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It could become the symbol of the school or something.

(Get a big enough mill up there and you’d be generating enough electricity for the all the students’ grow lamps.)

I’m not saying this would be easy. And I’m not saying that it would “make money.” And the bird lovers, they wouldn’t like it.

But I am saying that this is a good place for a mega windmill.

In conclusion, UC Hastings Law School Ought to Put a Windmill on top of the 100 McAllister Building.

Thank you, drive through

Hipster Era Ends on June 3, 2010 at Cafe Royale – It’s the Hipster Apocalypse!

Monday, May 31st, 2010

Tenderblog brings news of the Hipster Apocalypse arts show at Cafe Royale (800 Post at Leavenworth) running ’til June 27th.

Drop by and you’ll get to see works from:

Mario Delgado, D Young V, Megan Wolfe, Albert Nguyen, Kevin Buckley, Teppei Ando, and Tamar Solomon

Don’t miss the opening reception on Thursday, June 3rd, from 8:00 PM  to Midnight. 

The manifesto:

“Ironically, although hipsters have existed in one form or another for decades, the hipster movement has become more mainstream, influencing the American status quo by supporting alternative art, music, and fashion. Like an epidemic of entitlement, the hipster condition has spread across America and over the seas to Japan and other countries susceptible to American culture. We see hipsters every day riding their fixed-gear bicycles on their way to studying film at local art schools. They drink the most expensive coffee and the cheapest beer. Imagine a world where alternative culture is pop culture; a world where Vampire Weekend plays the half time show at the Super Bowl instead of Bruce Springsteen; a world where stores selling used records and clothing are as large and as common as Walmart. The purpose of this show is to create awareness of the hipster way and the rise in demand for outrageous moustaches, vacuum sealed jeans, high-school sports tee shirts, and the over-consumption of Pabst Blue Ribbon.” 

That’s harsh. Harsh but fair.

“Café Royale is a neighborhood coffee & tea house and beer & wine bar offering a wide assortment of international beers, wines and distinctive sake and soju cocktails. Located in the heart of San Francisco, the Café supports the work of Bay Area artists throughout the month through visual arts exhibitions, music programs, art markets and events to benefit nonprofits.”

See you there!

Is This Section of Filbert Street the Steepest in San Francisco?

Tuesday, August 19th, 2008

It sure looks steep. But what about this:

22nd Street in San Francisco, California is one of the steepest streets in the world. Between its intersections with Church and Vicksburg Streets in the Noe Valley neighborhood, it has a maximum gradient of 1:3.226, or 31%, the same as Filbert Street in San Francisco.

Can these two blocks be exactly the same, steepnesswise?

Filbert betwixt Hyde and Leavenworth. The thing is that the block starts off pretty flat up near Hyde and then…whoosh. Any block with steps carved into the sidewalk is very very steep, of course:

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Perhaps Adam, Jamie, Kari, Grant, or Tory, the Mythbusters of the Discovery Channel, could investigate the simplest or cheapest way to see which street has the steepest grade, and then test things out?

Some people should put their lives on hold until this important issue gets resolved.

The Steepest Streets in the City

1. Filbert between Leavenworth and Hyde (31.5% grade)
2. 22nd Street between Church and Vicksburg (31.5% grade)
3. Jones between Union and Filbert (29% grade)
4. Duboce between Buena Vista and Alpine (27.9% grade)
5. Jones between Green and Union (26% grade)
6. Webster between Vallejo and Broadway 26% grade)
7. Duboce between Alpine and Divisadero (25% grade)
8. Jones between Pine and California (24.8 grade)
9. Fillmore between Vallejo and Broadway (24% grade)