Everything’s changing these days…
I don’t know, man:
And yes, that’s a real security guard, locked and loaded for bear.
And when I say infamous, I mean this flash mob thing from aught-ten.
And, oh yes, no photos allowed, of course.
I just don’t know, man…
Not much has changed here since earlier this year, except now illegal u-turn drivers are getting stuck all perpendicular on Masonic, owing to the City Target West lower parking lot’s appeal to shoppers this holiday season:
There _is_ a left turn only green arrow where the whole Geary / Anza intersection comes to a stop to let three to four Target shoppers make a left or U turn, but this unique approach is failing.
Any solutions to this one, SFMTA?
On it goes…
Who knows, maybe they‘ve soft opened already by this late date? IDK.
Here’s all I know about this “Mexican” “Restaurant”
Chipotle Mexican Grill
2675 Geary Blvd San Francisco, CA 94118
Today 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
Anyway, here’s what it looked like a week ago, complete with acres of free parking right out front:
Speaking of which, man this place is going to be hard to get to – nobody would purposefully design the streets around City Centre Mall the way they are these days. First came Sears and then came the rise of the millionaire NIMBY neighbors (yes even here, in this bleak place) and then you mix in five decades of random happenstance, and then you’ll end up with a rat-maze of one-way streets and left-turn onlys.
Here’s the map:
If you’re at Geary and Mason, simply enter Target, take the escalator upstairs, exit Target and then take the Great Chipotle Tunnel past the Panera Bread and boom, there you go.
Bon Courage, I guess.
Here’s the sitch – drivers southbound on Masonic south of Geary want to get to the City Target lower level parking lot.
Here we go, looking south, with City Target to the left and behind a bit, so drivers need to make a U-turn at the light:
To help with this, our SFMTA rigged the traffic signals (which were paid for by Target, BTW) to start the green light phase of Masonic with a left-only signal for southbound traffic only, allowing one, two, three, or four cars to make a left or hang a Louie, depending on how alert the drivers are.
However, drivers who aren’t at the start of the queue know that it’s simpler and faster to make the U-turn further north, as this car just did:
So now we’re looking north, Gentle Readers, in all the rest of the shots – Tar-GHEY du Ci-TAY is to the right.
So the question is whether this is an illegal turn over the double yellows…
This sedan is making a legal left to go east on Anza as the Jeep in the background is making an illegal U to get to City Target:
I saw three drivers do this in about ten seconds the other day. I’m thinking it’s illegal but drivers are unlikely to get busted for doing it.
Now the bonus part about making a U-turn to use the lower lot is that it’s easier to find parking there and it’s generally easier to exit from, depending on where you’re heading after your shopping session.
I’ll say that once you’ve gone past the lowest parking level, getting out of the City Centre mall and back on your way can be convoluted – like even the best path might appear to be the “wrong” way to go.
Of course, nobody would design a system such as this – it’s just an accident of history. The question is how to handle things.
IMO, the SFMTA handled this sitch the wrong way.
Mid-July is the official anticipated opening date for the new Chipotle located around back of the City Target Mall at 2675 Geary atop Mervyn’s Heights.
As you can see, Chips has firm beachheads in the northeast and southwest, and now Food With Integrity is invading the Great Middle of Frisco:
This one’s a done deal, and who knows when another “grass-roots” effort will spring up with locals demanding a Chipotle for their neighborhood, as with CastroRestaurant@chipotle.
After a giant Fail Whale landed upon the efforts to bring a Chipotle Mexican Grill to the masses at Church and Market a few years back, the purveyors of America’s Favorite Mission-style Burrito set about making things work up at 2675 Geary.
And lo, here it is:
Soon enough, everybody living on the wrong side of Divis will be able to Live Más and Think Outside The Bun…