Posts Tagged ‘NOPA’

Know Your Absurdly-Named New Microneighborhoods of SF: “WEST NOPA” – It’s West of North of East of the Panhandle

Friday, April 24th, 2015

Oh. c’mon!

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All right, work with me, people. What we’re talking about with “West NoPA” is the area west of north of east of the Golden Gate Park Panhandle. At what point do microneighborhoods get absurd?

Here we go, the Panhandle is in green, the area literally north of the Panhandle is marked in dark grey, NoPA is the area to the right that’s actually northeast of the Panhandle, and the new “West NoPA” is marked in red:

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What happens next:

SoPA, for South of the Panhandle? Yes, some people already use this term IRL.

EaPA, for East of the Panhandle? No, this one hasn’t caught on, IRL.

North of NoPA, for north of northeast of the Panhandle? Yes, for reals.

DivCo, for Divisadero Corridor? Yes.

Of course, IRL this is all in the Western Addition.

And actually, the Western Addition is Everywhere. In fact, it’s where Ansel Adams was born in 1902, all the way up there at Jackson and Maple:

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The More You Know…

Anyway, now that we’ve pushed Gannett Co. Inc’s The Bold Italic all the way back to Northern Virginia, we only have our Born and Raised Nativist NIMBYs to blame for our ongoing process of microhoodization…

Is NoPA Cooling Down? After Months and Months, Retail Space at 803 Divisadero is Still Available

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

IDK, if the NoPA part of the Western Addition is so hot hot hot lately, you’d think that this space at 803 Divisadero near Fulton would have gotten a lease deal going by now.

The sign what’s still in the window:

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Before, it was Film Yard Video (parting shot: “NETFLIX IS EVIL!”), then it was a illegal condo/supposed tarot reading place (you know, yet another one of those joints), and now it’s a black hole sucking energy from the “DivCo” “Streetscape” just south of North of NoPA.

(Oh what’s that, you’re not interested ‘cuz you want to run a full-on restaurant? Well, 1751 Fulton is just around the corner (sort of ) and it’s still available after years and years of slumber. But instead of $6k per month, it would run you $18k…)

KEEPING THE PANHANDLE WEIRD: 2015 “Now Festival” Runs April 19th-25th – A Massive Schedule – “Slackline City?”

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

Get all the deets from Fun Cheap SF.

Note the carve out for the afternoon of Annual 420 Day, held, as always, on April 20th.

Note Slackline City in a city park – is that legal? IDK. We’ll see. (IMO, RPD’s signs banning affixing items don’t match our Park Code.)

Note Chalk The Panhandle – is that legal? Not that I know of. Again, we’ll see. (Chalk ads like those on the sidewalks of Fulton promoting the Now Festival last year could certainly get NL in Dutch with Dennis Herrera.)

Do the people at NeighborLand, people like Dan Parham, Candy Chang, and Tee Parham, know about these issues? Are they aware? I know not.

And now, on with the show:

Sunday April 19

10 am: Rock ‘N’ Swap – McClaren Center, 2130 Fulton St

11 am: Lindy in the Park: Free Outdoor Swing Dance – JFK Dr. between 8th and 10th behind the de Young Museum

11 am: Slackline City – Fell and Clayton St

11:30 am: Kubb Tournament – Fell and Clayton St

Noon: Belated Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt - McKinley Statue

Noon: Non-Motorized Transportation – Unite – Meet at the beginning of JFK Drive

Noon: Community Beach Volleyball Tournament - Ocean Beach south of the Cliffhouse

Noon: Chalk the Panhandle – Panhandle Park McKinley Statue

1 pm: Field Day – Panhandle Park – McKinley Statue

2 pm: Live Band Silent Disco – Panhandle Playground Area

2 pm: Psychic Friends Pop-Up Healing Station – Panhandle on the east side of Masonic

2 pm: Vinyasa Yoga in the Park – Meet at McKinley Statue in the Panhandle

3:30 pm: Cookie Bake Off and Recipe Exchange – Panhandle Park, McKinley Statue

5 pm: Community Art Creation – Panhandle Park McKinley Statue

9:30 pm: Sunday Sessions at Madrone – Madrone Art Bar


Monday April 20th

9 am: Pop Up Yoga – Central and Fell

1 pm: Peanut Butter Jelly Parklet – Haight St near Clayton

6 pm: Let’s Get Knotty – Panhandle Park – McKinley Statue

6:30 pm: Let food be your medicine – Richmond YMCA 360 18th avenue

7 pm: Human Centered Design Community Prototyping Workshop Explosion – 2097 Turk Street SF; St. Cyprian’s Church

7:30 pm: Richard Goldstein “Another Little Piece of My Heart” Book Release – The Booksmith

8:30 pm: Pub Quiz at Nickie’s – Nickie’s – 466 Haight St


Tuesday, April 21st

11:30 am: USF Earth Day Celebration – Gleeson Plaza – USF 2130 Fulton St

Noon: Tuesday Air Raid – all over SF

6 pm: Bibliobicicleta – Panhandle Park – Fell and Central

7 pm: Love Thy Nature Film Screening plus Honoring John Muir’s Birthday – The Vogue Theater

7:30 pm: RADAR Banned Book Series, YA Edition! Hosted by Michelle Tea – The Booksmith

7:30 pm: SF Wisdom Hackers Salon #2 – 1554 Fulton St

7:30 pm: Urban Groove Jam Session – St. Cyprian’s 2097 Turk St

10 pm: Brass Magic at Madrone Art Bar – Madrone Art Bar, 500 Divisadero St


Wednesday, April 22nd

11 am: Earth Day Photo Booth Parklet – Haight St. near Clayton

Noon: Tetherball – 611 Baker St

6 pm: Loops and Shutters – Madrone Art Bar, 500 Divisadero St

6:30 pm: Library Film Night – Park Branch Library

7:30 pm: Louella Hill: “Kitchen Creamery: Making Yogurt, Butter & Cheese at Home” Book Release – The Booksmith

Thursday, April 23rd

11:30 pm: Mid-Day Party at USF – USF Gleeson Plaza

3 pm: Referee the Wiggle – Waller and Steiner st – The Wiggle

7 pm: Variété – Bay Area Storytellers – Second Act, 1727 Haight St

7 pm: …And NOW For Something More Intimate – 1554 Fulton St


Friday, April 24th

11:30 pm: Potluck Picnic and Board Games – Panhandle Park, McKinley Statue

2 pm: Edible Plants Education & Workshop – USF Community Garden 2500 Turk

2 pm: Free Flower Friday – Panhandle Park – McKinley Statue

2 pm: USF Community Garden Workday – USF Community Garden – 2500 Turk St

2:30 pm: Homeless Youth Alliance Hosts Game Group – Park Branch Library

3 pm: DMV Concierge –  entrance to the San Francisco DMV

3:30 pm: Help Keep the Park Clean – Panhandle Park, McKinley Statue

4 pm: Giant Crossword Puzzles – Panhandle Park – meet at McKinley Statue

6:30 pm: Emergency Bookswap featuring Courtney Moreno – The Booksmith

7 pm: Mystic Tea at Tea Oasis SF featuring Tarot Mystic Inbal Meron – The Center SF 548 Fillmore St

7:30 pm: Folked – The Red Victorian, 1665 Haight St

7:30 pm: B-Movie Night, Revenge of the Hecklefest – Second Act, 1727 Haight St

11:59 pm: Midnight Pajama Silent Disco – Secret Location


Saturday, April 25th

Noon: Chalk the Panhandle – Panhandle Park McKinley Statue

Noon: Hero Ball – 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament with Costumes – Panhandle Park Basketball Courts

1 pm: Decentralized Dance Party (DDP) – Location TBA

2 pm: Panhandle High-Five Bike Ride – Panhandle Park – McKinley Statue

1 pm: Mobile Bike Repair Station from Yellow Bike Project – Panhandle Park – McKinley Statue

2 pm: Geo-Caching – Meet at McKinley Statue – Panhandle Park

7:30 pm: NOW! Closing Ceremonies – Never Ordinary Saturday – St. Cyprian’s,

These “Rain Gardens” on Fell Street are Now Complete – Will They Make You Like the SFPUC More?

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

IDK, maybe they will.

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Of course, this design is the “beautiful” version. (What would an ugly rain garden look like, one wonders.)

And look, the “natural” weeds have already been carefully planted. Is our PUC going to water these weeds, you know, during the months and months when we don’t get any rain at all, to keep them green and “beautiful?” We’ll see.

(BTW, if you label the PUC the PUC, at least a few employees / contractors / interns / somebody who has access to the PUC’s email system just might hector you about instead calling the PUC “SF Water,” or SF Water Power Sewer. Let’s hope our SFPUC isn’t paying its employees $114 an hour on the side to email about how “confused” I am with my belief that the SFPUC can, at least sometimes, be rightfully be called the SFPUC.)

But, Gentle Reader, the well-paid PUC outreach people say that you can take a “tour” of these rain gutters if you want. Email at ssip@sfwater.org

Disturbia: Trail of “Bloody” Footprints on Hayes Leads to $5 Million House That Used to be a Baptist Church – Good Friday?

Saturday, April 4th, 2015

Nuala Sawyer of Hoodline just snapped this photo in the Western Addition – all the deets here:

Disturbing Footprints Leave Neighborhood Concerned

Via Nuala Sawyer:

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(Now I’ll tell you, whenever I leave bloody footprints, the trail generally, how do you say, attenuates as I move on. Moving on…)

Sure seems curious that this trail starts at the more-trafficked part of the NoPA / Western Addition and leads to 601 Broderick, the THERE GOES THE NEIGHBORHOODhouse, which, of course, used to be Gethsemane Baptist Church.

And then this building got sold for $5 million(!) as a Single Family Home.

And now it stands out, IMO, in an area of expensive houses.

Oh, here you go, CurbedSF’s Tracy Elsen called these transactions “our absolute favorite flip of the year.”

And here’s some assigned reading from Building Talker James Hill

601 BRODERICK: NOSTALGIA AND AMNESIA

But of course, I don’t know who did what to create those imprints…

Here They Are, Our Brand-New “Beautiful. Functional. Rain Gardens” on Fell – Like Parklets, But for Weeds, Not People

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

[UPDATE: Our PUC writes in tell about how I’m confusing them with the CAPUC, the same way, one supposes that Mssrs. Matier and Ross got “confused” when calling them the PUC here. But take their tour if you want – see Comments.]

Remember the revival of “Victory Gardens?” I do. It peaked in 2009. But the new thang in urban gardening is upon us.

As seen on Fell, looking inbound:

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(Oh, and the microfences already indicate that no bike parking is allowed. So what’s the PUC going to do? Ticket your ride? Cut off your lock and impound your bike?)

On Fell, looking outbound:

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And look, clobblestones!

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Are these real cobblestones? One can’t tell. Should they be? One doesn’t know.

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All right, that was the windup, and now here’s the pitch, from the SFPUC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of PG&E:

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Are these realtor-backed parklets “beautiful?” I don’t think so. Will they “improve safety?” I don’t see how. And actually, spending tax and fee payer money on “streetscape” “beauty” instead of safety is the opposite of  “improving safety,” PUC. Oh, and PUC, if you ever want to talk about how best to “manage” California’s water resources for the benefit of all Californians, look me up, cause you’re doing it wrong…

All the deets:

Oak Street and Fell Street Pedestrian and Bike Safety Project

Picture of Bulbout Area

Learn More About the Project

Check out SFMTA’s project website to learn more!

Improving Traffic Safety and Enhancing Stormwater Collection

The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) is teaming up with the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) on the Oak Street and Fell Street Pedestrian and Bike Safety Project to integrate stormwater management with their traffic calming project.

In response to strong public feedback for more greenery and planting for the project, we’ve added rain gardens to the bulbouts along Oak and Fell Streets. A rain garden is a stormwater management technique which infiltrates stormwater into the soil, diverting water from going into the sewer. This addition to the project will benefit community members; not only will the project make residents and travelers safer, the rain gardens will add beauty and character to the intersections. Our partnership with the SFMTA will extend the improvements already underway. While the addition of green infrastructure will not result in any additional parking losses beyond what was approved by the SFMTA Board of Directors in May 2012, four of the bulbouts will be larger than initially proposed. Originally scheduled for construction in late 2013, the project is slated to begin construction in early summer 2014.

Contact:

For construction inquiries, please contact:

Dadisi Najib – SFDPW
Email: Dadisi.Najib@sfdpw.org

Luis Montoya – SFMTA
Email: luis.montoya@sfmta.com

Ari Frink – SFPUC
Email: afrink@sfwater.org

For more project information, visit SFMTA’s site here.

The Simple Joy of Playing Your First Round of Street Tetherball in the Western Addition Northeast of the Panhandle

Monday, March 16th, 2015

Look for San Francisco Chronicle writer and long-time east bay resident CW Get Off My Lawn Nevius* to decry this type of vandalism, you know, after getting contacted, once again, by Yet Another SFGov Department Head.

Oh, our youth, won’t somebody please decry our youth, won’t somebody please harp against the externalizes they generate while consistently ignoring the externalizes generated by older people, such as our Favorite Writer From The East Bay. Oh well, more street clean-up work for DPW:

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Ah, memories:

“[Appointed Mayor Ed] Lee has placed Nuru in charge of a city department with a $129 million city budget and 1,200 employees, despite Nuru’s proven history of directing his subordinates to illegally campaign for his mayoral benefactors. You couldn’t even make this stuff up, and even Examiner columnist Melissa Griffin flatly calls the move “stupid.”

Moving on…

Oh, here’s a graphic for Chuck:

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Perhaps CWNevius is overcompensating for his and his generation’s crimes of the past?

Mmmm…

*And that’s just the past month!

Once Again, the “Respect The Neighborhood” Millionaire Homeowners of the Western Addition Get It Wrong: “POST NO SIGNS…”

Friday, March 13th, 2015

Here you go, a RESPECT THE NEIGHBORHOOD notice in the Western Addition.

This isn’t a named part of the Western Addition I don’t think – it’s a bit east of the NoPA and the Alamo Square, but the NIMBY mentality is just the same as in those microhoods of the WA.

Legally, this is WRONG WRONG WRONG:

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And now it’s time for IRL

The public may post information on some utility poles if the postings follow regulations outlined in Article 5.6 of the Public Works Code. The law was adopted to ensure that flyers posted on public property do not contribute to litter or blight. Illegal postings in the public right of way may be removed by DPW’s Bureau of Street Environmental Services and are subject to fines from $100 to $500.  Call 311 to report.

Signs are defined as any card, decoration, poster, campaign sign, or any object containing or bearing writing that is affixed, posted or fastened to a utility or light pole that is permanently attached to the street or sidewalk.  Signs do not include handbills, banners or A-Frame boards. Bulletin boards designed for neighborhood postings are exempt from this regulation.

Signs attached to buildings and on private property are regulated by Part II Chapter I of the Building Code and violationsshould be reported to the Department of City Planning’s Code Enforcement or call 311 to report.

Tips for Legally Posting Signs on Public Property

To legally place a sign on a utility pole, it must:

Be less than 11 inches in height

No higher than 12 feet from the ground

Conform to the shape of the pole

Be attached with tape or other non-adhesive material such as twine, string or other non-metal banding material

Include a legible posting date in the lower right hand corner

Be removed after 10 days, if the sign is promoting a date specific event

Be removed within 70 days of the posting date

Not be installed on historic street light poles*, traffic signal poles or traffic directional sign poles.

* Historic street light poles are on these streets:

Market Street from 1 Market to 2490 Market

Mission Street from 16th Street to 24th Street

Grant Avenue from Bush Street to Broadway Street

The Embarcadero from King Street to Jefferson Street

Lamp Posts on Fisherman’s Wharf from Hyde to Powell

Howard Street from 3rd Street to 4th Street

Lamp Posts within Union Square

Mason Street from Market to Sutter

Sutter Street from Mason to Kearny

Kearny Street from Bush to Market”

Despite Its “Transit First” Policy, the SFMTA Will Vote to Make Parking Easier for Western Addition Residents on March 3rd – “Area Q”

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

Perversely, the less efficient our dull-witted SFMTA becomes, the more money it gets. Case in point is the new Area Q Residential Parking Permit area for the NoPA / Alamo Square part of the Western Addition – the MTA will approve its establishment on March 3rd, 2015.

It’ll go a little something like this:

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Supposedly, the SFMTA doesn’t care about this issue, since it’s “revenue-neutral” for it, but IRL, the SFMTA just loves this idea. The SFMTA wants to “manage” more and more and more always always always, despite its demonstrated incompetence at performing its core function, which is moving people around.

SFMTA “work rules” make the SFMTA inefficient. (I wonder if they have a list of all these rules.) So the less efficient it becomes, the more money it gets, perversely, in annual RPP revenue. (If the SFMTA operated a McDonalds, a Big Mac would cost $20 and take a half-hour to prepare, cause you know, cost-plus pricing, and you know, “work rules.”)

Anyway, the SFMTA wants to makes things easier for certain people to keep cars on the streets of San Francisco, so that’s a big clue on how it’ll vote come March.

What it actually wants is an annual household SFMTA tax levied on everybody, but this will have to do until that time comes…

An Energetic Street Youth Makes It “Snow” in the Western Addition by Climbing Up a Plum Tree and Shaking It

Friday, February 20th, 2015

Thusly:

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And if you think this a cherry tree, I’ll ask you what color the leaves are, and you’ll say plum, and I’ll say BINGO! Even in J-town, the blossoms you see are from plum trees…