Posts Tagged ‘market’

Can Market Street Support THREE Walgreens Drugstores on Just TWO Blocks? Well, Take a Look

Friday, February 24th, 2017

All what’s left at 776 Market as of last night.

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Saul Sugarman has the deets at Hoodline.

Mother of All Potholes, Market Street, USA

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

Not knowing how deep it goes is the scariest part of it.

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Never seen it this bad, in all my years…

Trouble in the Twitterloin: “Activists Project ‘Mouthpiece of Fascism’ on Twitter HQ”

Friday, January 27th, 2017

(The word Twitterloin means different things to different people. To me it refers to the expensive, wasteful, tax holiday enterprise zone what goes from this building down Market and into the Tenderloin.)

Anyway, this happened yesterday:

Via Jim Fairbrother:

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Via Alan Marling:

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The press release from two days ago:

 

“Thursday: Activists Project “Mouthpiece of Fascism” on Twitter HQ 

SAN FRANCISCO – Tomorrow, activists will gather at Twitter headquarters and demand the company stop collaborating with Donald Trump. By spreading his words to millions, they are making his lies seem true and allowing him to bypass the vetting process of traditional media.

@realDonaldTrump has always lied on Twitter. Now that he’s the president, every lie is fake news – such as the claim that millions voted against him illegally. He has always been racist on the site. Now his racism leads to hate crimes – more than one thousand have been reported since Nov 8. He has always been abusive. Now his abuse incites death threats, such as against union leader Chuck Jones. Donald Trump has always been ignorant, but now on Twitter his ignorance could start nuclear war.

The local activist Alan Marling organized the event, and he is far from alone in his desire to see Twitter take a moral stand. According to a January 10th article on Washington Post, a super majority of people believe Donald Trump should give up his personal Twitter account. Fully 47% of Republicans disapprove of his Twitter use, including one Rep. Justin Amash, who tweeted, “Dude, just stop.” The Chinese government also resents Twitter diplomacy, as reported in a New York Times article on January 4th. As the @POTUS account is tweeting the same content as @realDonaldTrump, @POTUS will likely have to be suspended to satisfy the activists.

Until their demands are met, they will use a projector to light the Twitter headquarters with messages such as “Propaganda,” “Irresponsible,” “Profits off Hate,” and “Mouthpiece of Fascism.”

“Because of Twitter’s anti-abuse policies, because of their stated commitment to social justice, and because they do business in San Francisco, they should ban @realDonaldTrump,” said A.E. Marling of refusefascism.org, lead organizer of the protest. “Giving voice to a fascist and allowing him to spew his hatred and ignorance not only threatens to destroy our democracy, but could also lead to the next world war.”

WHAT: Activists project “Mouthpiece of Fascism” on Twitter Headquarters

WHERE: 1355 Market St, San Francisco.

WHEN: Thursday January 26, 2017, at 5:45 pm.

Refusefascism.org is a Call-to-Action signed by prominent scientists, actors, musicians, intellectuals, activists, religious leaders, and over 3,000 others  to “Stop the Trump/Pence Regime Before It Starts!” Signatories include: Imam Aiyub Abdul-Baki, Justice Committee, Islamic Leadership Council of New York; Ed Asner, actor; Bill Ayers, activist, educator; Charles Burnett, filmmaker; Isabel Cardenas, Salvadoran-American activist; Margaret Cho, comedian, actor; Chuck D, rapper, author; Joe Dante, filmmaker; Carl Dix, Revolutionary Communist Party, USA; Alex Ebert, musician; Niles Eldredge, evolutionary biologist; Eve Ensler, playwright; Merrill Garbus, Founding band member, tUnE-yArDs; Pastor Gregg L. Greer, Freedom First International, SCLC; Lalah Hathaway, singer; Marc Lamont Hill, CNN commentator and professor, Morehouse College; Chase Iron Eyes, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe; Evelyn Fox Keller, Professor Emerita of History and Philosophy of Science, MIT; Robin D.G. Kelley, Gary B. Nash Professor of American History at UCLA; Wayne Kramer, musician; John Landis, filmmaker; Vic Mensa, rapper; Debra Messing, actor; jessica Care moore, poet; Thurston Moore, singer, songwriter, guitarist of Sonic Youth; PZ Myers, evolutionary developmental biologist; Rosie O’Donnell, comedian, actor; Arturo O’Farrill, composer and musician; Michelle Phillips, musician; Milton Saier, PhD, Professor of Molecular Biology UCSD; Yusef Salaam, one of the Central Park Five; Michael Shannon, actor; Danny Simmons, visual artist; David Strathairn, actor; Alice Walker, author; Cornel West, writer and professor; Saul Williams, poet and performer. (Organizations, institutions listed for ID purposes only.)”

 

Disrupt MUNI: LUXE-Style “ON-Demand” Valet Parker and UBER Driver Team Up to Block a #5 Fulton on Market – HONK, HONK

Thursday, January 26th, 2017

Just a little slice of life here on Market outbound near Monty.

The driver on the bus goes honk honk honk/ honk honk honk / honk honk honk at this scooter-folding LUXE driver, who is fixing to stow away the black Chevy Volt for a customer:

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The problem is that it’s hard to park or even stop legally in Frisco. So that fuels demand for “on-demand” parking I s’pose, but that also makes it very difficult for the employees to work legally.

Anyway, the MUNI operator was pissed as Luxe Dude took his time to fold his Razor scooter and, eventually, drive away…

[Oh look at me riding the MUNI. Of course I almost certainly have more hours, years, decades, miles getting about Frisco on foot, by bike, and by car than you, Gentle Reader, and the officers/employees of, IDK let’s name them, SFWALK, SFBIKE, SFVISIONZERO and the boards / management at the SFMTA / SFCTA, so that means we’ve excluded some of the members of the 10K membership SFBC – some of those ppl have more bike miles than I – and we also gotta exclude some longtime MUNI operators for driving miles in Frisco. OTOH, many many ppl about town have more time sitting on MUNI BART than I. In fact, this was my first time to successfully use a Clipper Card, after two prior failed attempts. (The first time was due to the five(!?) days it takes to load a card and the second time, well, I guess the Clipper system was down that day for that bus – I’ve never seen that before. And I had a few TransLink cards, back from when they were handing them out like candy, but any I had got an acetone bath, you know, to see what was inside.) And actually, that’s my bike on the front of the bus, with a flat tire. I always try to make sure I don’t delay the bus more than a few seconds whenever I load up a bike, because Transit* First, right? Anyway, it just strikes me as funny that your bidness model entails making money off of blocking traffic on Market. Which is not to say I’ve never dropped ppl off in the Financh or SoMA or wherever, it’s just that I do it better than average. That means that I take pains to not block MUNI buses.]

*The real definition of this word, not the made up BS / BoS version what’s burned into our charter, right?

American Beauty-Style “Dancing Bag” Appears at 3rd and Market – It was Roundly Ignored by Passersby, Oh Well

Friday, January 6th, 2017

Somebody(ies) was horsing around with a plastic bag yesterday, but nobody noticed AFAICS.

You know, like in American Beauty

First it was all like this:

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And then it was all like this:

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Next time I see this, I’ll have video for you, Gentle Reader.

Sadly it was NOT the most beautiful thing I’ve ever filmed…

Kiosk-Enabled Open Air Bicycle Chop-Shop on Market Near Second is Now Out of Control

Friday, January 6th, 2017

Parts from many stolen “donor bikes” are here – maybe a couple dozen?

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And how many Franken-bikes could you build with the parts here? IDK, maybe a half-dozen?

On It Goes…

Frank Chu and His Signs, December 2016

Thursday, December 29th, 2016

Frank ran into some trouble back in the 1980’s but I’ve never had any issues with him, after hundreds of encounters at area events over the decades.

If I had to guess, SHEPARD is for astronaut Alan Shepard and AIRCRAFT CARRIERS is a reference to the Russian-built Admiral Kuznetsov / Varyag / Liaoning and the like. I mean they’re sort of like aircraft carriers:

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Expensify is paying the bills these days:

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This guy from Quiznos sandwiches cut an ad deal with Frank a long time ago, and that put then-unknown Quiznos on the map, or so the story goes.

Leaving you with this – here he is from a decade back at the final Castro Halloween, when he encountered some dude dressed as Frank Chu. (And later that night, a kid from the projects shot nine people on Market near Noe and that was the end of Halloween in the Castro.)

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This has been Frank Chu and His Signs, December 2016.

 

Ballsy Driver, Market Street

Tuesday, December 20th, 2016

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The Steam Grate in Front of OLD NAVY at 4th and Market: Somebody Sleeps Here Every Night, or So It Seems

Thursday, December 15th, 2016

Random shots from 2016:

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It Takes a Village (of SFMTA PCOs to Monitor Just One Intersection During the Evening Drive)

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016

Consider 1st and Market here:

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Sometimes they have four Parking Control Officers here, to do what, watch the lights turn green yellow red? Well actually I think they’re there to make sure frustrated commuters dont block the box of First and Market.

But I think just one could get the job done, srsly.

And consider that the pensions of these people are underfunded. Woefully so.

But who knows, maybe next time I’m out there, there’ll be 8 PCOs onsite and they’ll be doing twice as good a job…