Here’s the update from resident Leslie Straw:
A Sign of the Times:
Here’s the update from resident Leslie Straw:
A Sign of the Times:
Here’s the scene without any arrows pointing things out:
And here are the arrows:
And here are the bros:
Now it could be that bro was just checking out his own pad using his new toy, but man, some people might have been surprised if they saw this drone hovering just outside their windows.
The drone slowly increased altitude to rooftop level and I didn’t stick around to see where it went next.
This is How We Live in 2015…
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:
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:
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…
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:
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…)
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,
IDK, maybe they will.
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 email@example.com
Via Nuala Sawyer:
(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 NEIGHBORHOOD” house, 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
But of course, I don’t know who did what to create those imprints…
[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:
(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:
And look, clobblestones!
Are these real cobblestones? One can’t tell. Should they be? One doesn’t know.
All right, that was the windup, and now here’s the pitch, from the SFPUC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of PG&E:
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:
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.
For construction inquiries, please contact:
Dadisi Najib – SFDPW
Luis Montoya – SFMTA
Ari Frink – SFPUC
For more project information, visit SFMTA’s site here.
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:
“[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.”
Perhaps CWNevius is overcompensating for his and his generation’s crimes of the past?
*And that’s just the past month!