Posts Tagged ‘masonic’

The Great Median of Masonic is Upon Us

Wednesday, August 30th, 2017

I don’t exactly agree with those who wanted this new median, but nobody asked me.

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The relatively new one on nearby Divisidero hasn’t worked out.

NB: Those Heavy-Looking Orange Traffic Barriers on Masonic Aren’t Filled, Offering Little Protection

Wednesday, August 30th, 2017

Of course they could be filled, but that would be a PITA for the workers:

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Just saying.

The Craziest Frisco Infill Development Scheme Ever: Five Units with Just 3.5 Feet of Frontage – At 1846 Grove AND 1815 Fulton

Wednesday, August 30th, 2017

Presenting 1815-1823 Fulton Street aka 1846 Grove Street – it’s that large parcel that prolly should be part of the backyards of people who live on the block bounded by Fulton, Masonic, Grove, and Ashbury in the 94117. But it’s not, so the plan now is to have this land used for five new units.

Access will be just to the right (east) of Bistro Gambrinus along a 100(!) foot path what’s just 3.5 feet wide.

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This was the old plan, with just four units. The lot looks like Oklahoma with the panhandle part pointing upwards:

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So, how do you get your furniture in? Through the 3.5 foot wide access canyon on Fulton. I guess it’s wide enough, but how would get materials to the site? And forget about a garage, right?

Man, when the neighbors find out about this, well, some of them will not be pleased, I promise you.

Hey, if you want to yammer about this plan, come to the Page Branch of your San Francisco Public Library on September 6th, 2017 at 7:30 PM for the mandatory Pre-Application meeting. I’m sure they’ll have plans for the current proposal.

This is Masonic. The back fences of these places are the eastern edge of the access path:

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Oh here it is – this is your view from the sidewalk of Fulton. This is all the frontage you get to share with four other units:

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Existing gate:

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Fulton again:

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And a wide angle view:

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Now let’s go around the block to what I’m guessing is 1846 Grove. I suppose this area wouldn’t change:

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I don’t know what else could be done with this parcel. So I suppose this plan would be the highest and best use. But I’ve never seen anything like it.

Here’s something from 2006, when the plan was to use the Grove side for access:

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Dear Mr. Teeters: Planning Department staff has reviewed your letter of December 15, 2005, requesting a determination of the procedural requirements for development of an interior lot with a 3’-6” wide pedestrian access to Grove Street. Both proposed schemes involve the construction of two structures of two dwelling units each. Scheme A keeps the lot as it is, while Scheme B subdivides the lots. I have made the following determinations.

1. Scheme A requires the following applications: • A variance under Section 134 for construction in the required rear yard • A variance under Section 151 for the lack of parking • A conditional use application under Section 209.1(g) to develop more than two units on the lot. • Building Permit Application with Section 311 neighbor notification

2. Scheme B requires the following applications: • A variance under Section 134 for construction in the required rear yard • A variance under Section 151 for the lack of parking • A variance under Section 121 for the lack of street frontage • Building Permit Application with Section 311 neighbor notification • Application for subdivision through the Department of Public Works.

This application does not need to be initiated or complete prior to Planning Department approval, however approval will be conditional on subdivision approval.

UPDATE: Early indications are there will be some opposition, to say the least:

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The Secret is OUT About Using the LUCKY PENNY PARKING LOT to Shop at Trader Joe’s #100 on Masonic

Tuesday, August 29th, 2017

It says a lot about Frisco Planning that a simple gro sto is so packed with people, oh well.

Anyway, parking at the 100th Trader Joe’s continues to be a bear. So much so that people continue to park in the northbound lane of Masonic and then dash across five lanes of traffic.* Has somebody gotten killed doing this? Yes, in this very spot, not that long ago:

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The reason why people do this is because it’s a PITA to approach TJS100 from any direction but north. This is by design. Oh well.

But look:

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A formerly unwritten policy got written down and a small lot at Geary and Masonic became officially available for use. Now, you can easily approach from the west, south and east, by using the south entrance of the Lucky Penny lot.

Oh, about that Lucky Penny. It was a terrible, terrible diner:

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Believe me. Sad!!!

Anyway, it got shut down for some housing project, so the parking lot became the Land of Wind and Ghosts, an empty gallery for taggers. See? (That pole sometime vibrates in the wind, back and forth, like a G6, like a G6, like the Tacoma Narrows Bridge.)

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It was a cat and mouse game of paint and repaint. After a while, things got cleaned up, to make room for new tags:

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But then this unused public realm got activated and people started using the lot again, but for shopping at Joe’s.

Did the average shopper notice? IDK. The queue for People With Cars (this is an actual phrase – I didn’t make it up) still sometimes would go Over The Hill towards the Pine Euclid area. I mean that’s gotta be 20 cars in line to get into the cramped TJ’s lot sometimes. And some of these people have rented a Getaround car just for one shopping trip – they’re On The Clock, tick tick tick. Anyway, during these busy times, the LP lot would be half empty, oddly, as if people didn’t know they should park her.

But these days, the Lucky Penny lot gets all filled up – it wasn’t like this even a few months ago. People have learned The Secret.

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But there’s a Threat. It’s that darn housing project. Now I don’t think that TJ’s shoppers are in a position to “save” this temporary lot, but, Man, they sure will complain once they get kicked out for construction.

And then the new building, with perhaps 200-300 residents will have underground parking spaces for like nine cars? Well, that’s something that’ll be up for debate. Area Residents want this parking space number to be around 100 spaces. (They care not about any alleged housing crises. They care about their daily street parking crisis.) Activists would prefer the aforementioned nine and Planning? Well, Planning will come in somewhere inbetwixt, one surmises.

Let’s save that conflict for The Future…

*Or, they park on Ralph Waldo Emerson Street, walk onto the roof and then down the stairs and then into the grocery. This is kind of crazy but it happens. Of course, this rooftop parking could be avail for the typical TJ’s shopper, but the residents of the Emerson cul-de-sac** would burn down City Hall afore they’d allow that.  

**I said “sack.” Heh. Good one, me. 

Here It Is, a New Bike Lane for the Vaunted SFMTA “Streetscape” “Improvement” Project on Masonic

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017

Here’s the west side of Masonic betwixt Hayes and Grove these days:

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This doesn’t seem like much, this doesn’t seem like much of a “transformation” of this windswept corridor:

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Are old people going to hug each other more? I guess? Actually, all these people look like they just scored, or are about to score, or want to score with you, Gentle Reader:

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It’ll be the Miracle of Masonic! Or something.

Anyway, the primary effect will be more congested rush hours and fewer bike riders on the sidewalks.

But we’ll see.

In the meantime, feel free to continue to ride on the excessively wide sidewalks, where they exist, depending on conditions. And by that I mean the hilly blocks north of Fulton in particular. 

You know, like this:

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That’s the choice that most people make. Some transition back to the street after passing McAllister, Golden Gate and Turk. Others cruise all the way to Anza, where the existing sidewalk turns normal. Downhill is a different story of course. Most stay in the street the whole way. I tend to wait at Mcallister and then start coasting when I know I’ll pass Fulton with a green. (This kind of bike riding isn’t “comfortable,” mindless, thoughtless bike riding for ages ranged 8 to 80, but I’m not sure this stated goal will be attained whenever this pork barrel project gets completed. We’ll see.)

That not very busy sidewalk you see above will get even wider, and a median will go in so that will push the two lanes of traffic to the right a bit. I don’t know what’s going to happen to the trees. Maybe they’ll stay. (Of course, the ones that made up a small grove near the MUNI stop on Geary inbound at Masonic have already gotten the chop, for some related art project, oh well.)

And all these plans are just a guess, as I don’t keep up.  Maybe they’ll get done next year? IDK

Frisco Pot Bus – This Neoplan AN440A #43 Masonic Used to be a Square, But Now Hangs in the Haight

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017

What a nerd, Man. Old #8127 used to be a regular bus.

But now, this is how it rolls, this is how Frisco rolls:

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All right, that’s a wrap:

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Annual Move-In Weekend at Our University of San Francisco Appears to have been Well-Managed

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017

Less contentious compared with years past, you know, AFAIK.

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Sorry for this snoozer of a post, but there you go…

Haight-Ashbury Sidewalk Hearts Honor London Breed for being a Part of the Summer of Love? – Somehow

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

Here you go:

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It’s the 50th Anniversary, of course. Oh look, some of them have names:

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And look, London Calling:

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IDK.

Your 50th Anniversary SUMMER OF LOVE EXPERIENCE is Ending Soon – Catch It by August 20th, 2017

Friday, July 21st, 2017

At our de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park.

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I liked it.

All the deets.

Troubador, Masonic

Friday, June 23rd, 2017

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