Posts Tagged ‘NOPA’
What Looks Great to the SF Planning Department Looks Horrible to Me: What Was BofA Supposed to do with These Ersatz “Windows?”Friday, August 22nd, 2014
Was this what was intended for a bank branch?
A Case Study of SFMTA’s Controversial “MUNI-COMMUTER” Shuttle Program: The New Stops at Hayes and ClaytonMonday, August 4th, 2014
Here’s what things looked like on August 1, 2014 at a MUNI bus stop that just debuted as a new “commuter shuttle” stop:
I think MUNI meant to say MUNI/COMMUTER SHUTTLES instead of MUNI-COMMUTER SHUTTLES, but who knows.
Note that the small print advises those with Concerns or Complaints to
go to Hell call 311.
Here’s the place, on Hayes at Clayton:
Things were pretty sedate around here before the shuttle program began. (Yes, Hayes is a thoroughfare, as it has the 21 Hayes bus line but that bus doesn’t run as much as the nearby #5 Fulton just to the north or the lines on Haight just to the south.)
Anyway, some of the area NIMBYs are upset, so they started a direct mail campaign and they posted fliers about.
Like here on this rather dirty building, which lost some paint when the fliers came down cause the tape they used was extra strong oh well:
So that’s it – life here is pretty much the same as far as I can tell. I’ve jogged past these two stops, the inbound and the outbound right across the street from each other, four times now, during times when I know that there are hundreds of people milling about the 415 / 628 waiting for dozens of shuttles, and I haven’t seen nothing.
Perhaps the NIMBYs were wrong? Perhaps all good and bad points about life in the 94117 will remain unaffected?
A Plea from “NoPa Neighbors” to “Protect” a Solitary 21 Hayes Bus Stop from Being Used by Too Many PeopleThursday, July 10th, 2014
[UPDATE: Oh, here you go, NIMBYs:
"Carli Paine, an SFMTA transportation manager, said about 80 percent of shuttles using Muni stops take passengers to destinations within San Francisco, while the other 20 percent take passengers to destinations outside the city."
So I don't know what that means for this particular stop - it could be that only one entity wants to use it. So it could be 100% intra-city, who knows. Oh, what's that, NIMBY. You're still upset? You're all offer me solutions, offer me alternatives, and I decline? OK fine. Have it your way. But keep in mind that most of your "neighbors" aren't up in arms over this issue, most of your "neighbors" disagree with you. And in any event, August 1st, 2014 will not be the End Of The World As We Know It. You'll feel fine.]
Here’s a direct mail campaign to “save” the SFMTA MUNI DPT bus stop at Hayes and Clayton.
It comes from somebody who has a lot of energy to post and mail flyers, but this effort is coming waaaaay too late in the process.
Now I’m probably a little too close to this issue myself, but I’ll point out that UCSF employees could be the biggest beneficiaries of having the corner of Hayes and Clayton included as inbound and outbound stops during the trial. And I’ll note that UCSF simply gives money to the SFMTA by, among other things, using the bus stops of the 21 Hayes for public relations advertising. And actually, there are so many UCSF shuttles on Fell and Oak that the unneighborly “neighbors” of NoPA probably don’t even notice them any more.
In any event, it’s a free country so you’re free to mail anybody anything.
And I’ll say that it would be nice if our slow and expensive MUNI system would itself use these bus stops more often. (And the 21 Hayes, in particular, still has too many stops.)
Reader Note: If you can’t read the above, I took another shot and posted it below. One photo used a smaller lens and the other one, well, it has focus issues owing to the bent paper, oh well. And I amazed by how different the yellow-y colors look using auto white balance from two different cams, oh well.
Lisa: I’d like 25 copies on Goldenrod.
Lisa: 25 on Canary.
Lisa: 25 on Saffron.
Clerk: All right.
Lisa: And 25 on Paella.
Clerk: Ok, 100 yellow.
Chalet du Bank of America: Designed by NIMBYs and the Planning Commission to Co-Exist with the Western AdditionTuesday, June 17th, 2014
Now why should a bank branch look like this? Like, who lives up there? Oh, nobody?
As seen in the East of Panhandle Area (EoPA) just south of NoPA and north of SoPA:
IDK, perhaps banks should look like banks?
Just asking the all-knowing, all-seeing, and never-influenced-by-petty-politics San Francisco Planning Commission
A Video Visit to NoPA! – The Gannett Bold Italic Plus General Motors Equals WTF – Selling $4 Toast to TouristsMonday, March 31st, 2014
So let’s see here, for whom is this video?
Is it for tourists and people who lived in town for less than three weeks? Well, it has something to do with the Gannett Co. Inc The Bold Italic so the answer’s gotta be YES.
We’re selling Chevys here so that’s why the Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid is featured so heavily of course, but who drives the one block from Alamo Square to the touristy part of Divisadero? Is this real life?
Oh, and here are two relevant terms I happened to have learned in this particular decade, so they’re kind of new terms for things that have been around for a while:
1. Vocal Fry Register
2. Upper Thigh Gap (“Hey, stand in front of this white thing for contrast, or better yet, let’s put this white card right here, you know, temporarily, for contrast.” Is that how this worked?)
Hey Gannett, when are you going to make money in San Francisco, you know, to generate taxes to pay back the losses you’ve claimed on your ridiculous venture?
Just asking, corporate overlords.
Instead of doing this crap, why not do something real? This video shows why you’re a joke, The Bold Italic
Does the 94117 Want Helicopters Circling Above at 6:00 AM Videoing the Broken Water Main at 700 Waller?Tuesday, March 11th, 2014
NO! DO NOT WANT!
Now myself, I don’t care about the slow orbits this morning over the Castro, Western Addition, and the Haights.
But other people, they care about the white chopper with the blue tail.