IDK why purple:
I guess it stands out under the glare of red lights?
Keep up the good work, SFFD.
I guess he sort-of-stopped in the middle of this crosswalk on Market outbound near Jones…
…like you can see more than one red here, when the light is against you…
…but a second later he was off again, to wait for the reds at 7th:
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:
On It Goes…
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:
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*?
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:
Oh whoops, here’s an SUV with a regular plate, the only one I could see:
Anyway, I’ve never seen this kind of thing.
The installation looked a bit tricky:
‘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.)
You hung your lights in the trees
That’s how many came to grief
Oh here we go, all done. Look, Jennifer Aniston approves:
(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…
Rivets and lights always pose an issue for Clear Channel / SFMTA, operator of America’s Worst Big City Transit Agency:
IRL, these rivets would be painful, but that kind of thing doesn’t seem to stop fashion pioneering…
So IDK, one supposes that all these street lights about town have photovoltaic-type switches that have gotten occluded (ala putting a piece of paper on the right side of my car’s dashboard to turn the headlights on / waving your hand in front of my TV to cover up the sensor to get it to go dimmer) over the months and years and that’s why they burn all the live-long day, for weeks, months, and what’s next, years?
Anyway, here’s the other lamp on my short block – I’ve never shown you this one afore.
ASSIGNMENT DESK: Hey SFGov, how much does it cost to this light in the daytime for a year? Multiply that by how many lights?
Look to the Skies for Signs and Wonders