Posts Tagged ‘lights’

East Bay Update: JESUS SAVES, on a Hill, 200 Yards Tall, Sometimes Lit Up at Night

Friday, June 23rd, 2017

Lights out in 2010 but it’s all lit up in 2017. See?

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This thing is huge – you can’t miss it.

The Poorly-Designed Intersection at 4th and Market Compels Pedestrians to Queue Up in the Street

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

Thusly:

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For some reason, north-south travel has been prioritised here, so people going along Market have to wait wait wait at a red light for no real reason than, IDK, the laziness of those at MUNI, who can’t be bothered to adjust the timing of the signals to reflect ongoing construction?

Looks that way.

Ppl respond by waiting in the street, as seen above, or jaywalking, when they see that nothings really going on during their long long red light…

PORT F SAN RANCISCO

Friday, March 17th, 2017

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First We Steal the Hetch Hetchy Valley, a Little Yosemite, and Then We Waste the Electricity It Provides

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

In 1870, Muir called Hetch Hetchy Valley “a wonderfully exact counterpart of the great Yosemite.”

Then we flooded it, for water and for the juice, the precious juice.

And now we waste the juice by leaving our lights on all the live long day:

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Oh well.

SFFD Ladder Truck Gets Blinged Out with Purple Lights

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016

IDK why purple:

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I guess it stands out under the glare of red lights?

Keep up the good work, SFFD.

SFMTA Inspector Pledges “Safe Streets” But Runs Red Lights on Market

Thursday, July 28th, 2016

I guess he sort-of-stopped in the middle of this crosswalk on Market outbound near Jones…

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…like you can see more than one red here, when the light is against you…

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…but a second later he was off again, to wait for the reds at 7th:

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The signals at the goofy intersection of Market, McAllister, and Jones seem to be messed up lately, IDK why. There was a big redesign to make most of McAllister a two-way street in this area and that worked out OK I s’pose but this hasn’t been a good place to be in 2016.

(Note that the anti-pedestrian chains on the north side of the foot of McAllister have been removed, perhaps to fight crime. This place is pretty dysfunctional, of course.)

Anyway, here’s the kicker – the quite insincere I PLEDGE SAFE STREETS bumper sticker on the back:

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On It Goes…

Staging is How You Move Real Estate – Or Something – I’ve Never Seen This

Thursday, June 30th, 2016

What’s going on here?

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License Plate Update: It’s Not Just Bridge Toll Evaders, Now Law Enforcement Likes to Use Paper “Dealer Plates” – A Strange Convoy

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016

Here we go – mercy sakes alive, looks like we’ve got us a convoy, on Webster Street. Who inside? IDK, prolly a VIP from some authoritarian regime, like the Peoples Republic of somewhere or some other place where they occasionally need to roll the tanks through the capital to maintain power. Here’s the driver, with a giant black Mercedes / Chrysler Sprinter maxi-van with tinted windows:

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Tinted windows don’t mean nothing – we know who’s inside

Well, fair enough, it’s a free country over here, right? But what’s this – no license plates? Is that kosher? Could it be a violation of the California Vehicle Code Section 5200? Mmmm. Or maybe this van was bought just last week, down in the OC*?

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And who’s running with flashing red and blue lights in the convoy? An escort of about eight SUVs with illegally tinted front windows and, guess what, more paper license plates:

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Oh whoops, here’s an SUV with a regular plate, the only one I could see:

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Anyway, I’ve never seen this kind of thing.

*Don’t call it that.

If You’re Looking for Rainbow-Colored, Electrified Paper Lanterns Hanging from Trees, Head Over to Market Street

Thursday, June 9th, 2016

The installation looked a bit tricky:

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‘Cause you know, many Frisco street trees kill / harm people who aren’t horsing around in them. Our poorly-selected municipal sidewalk “forest” is tres fragile, non? (I would have expected an expensive ladder truck and an expensive crew of five or so SFGov workers. You know, now I’m starting to wonder if this is an official project. Maybe it’s some kind of prank, who knows.)

MUSICAL INTERLUDE:

You hung your lights in the trees
That’s how many came to grief

Oh here we go, all done. Look, Jennifer Aniston approves:

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(Hey, why do we have Victorian-era, 17 foot tall magazine ad towers on the sidewalks and Streets of San Francisco? IDK, political corruption? And what’s the steampunk roof thing for? IDK. And why does it say “San Francisco?” Do people forget where they are sometimes? I mean who signed off on this cheesiness? Why don’t we just ash can these things?)

Anyway, this is the scene south of the slot betwixt 4th and 5th as of yesterday.

Perhaps more electrified paper lanterns are coming? Perhaps…

Urbanist-Style, Designerly Street Lights vs. Regular Old Street Lights – What’s the Difference?

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

The new ones are in the back, on Divisadero:

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If you can see some great difference betwixt the stylings of these street AND you think it’s a great idea to tax the Little People in order to replace perfectly good, utilitarian, existing street lights, then YOU’RE a part of the problem.

Sry.