Posts Tagged ‘panhandle’

Wood Appears to have Been a Poor Choice for the Brand New Benches of the Golden Gate Park Panhandle

Friday, October 13th, 2017

This was the vision, mostly that of landed gentry millionaires with Strong Ideas about How Things Should Look:

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And this is the reality, of Life in the 94117:

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And this is the kind of post-vandalism fix-it job you can expect from Rec and Park, about a week or two after residents call the 311:

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Not saying I could do better, but we’re down to bare wood here people, with no finish at all on all, pretty soon, looks like.

This vignette makes me think Wood Appears to have Been a Poor Choice for the Brand New Benches of the Golden Gate Park Panhandle.

END OF LINE.

A Mystery Resolved – Or, How the Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill Reverse Commute to the Sunset Daily

Monday, September 25th, 2017

For some reason dese boids live in Frisco’s northeast but then commute southwest on a daily basis.

So in the morning, you see them over the Western Addition going southwest and then in the evening, you see them heading back northwest, as here over the Golden Gate Park Panhandle, as seen a while back:

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I haven’t ever seen this many in one flight outside of the Coit Tower / Financial District area.

I went looking for them about a dozen years ago – this was the view from the Filbert Steps:

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Seems they reside in the north and east of Frisco, but they reverse commute south and west, for food, I assumed.

And here you have it – the fruits of the Inner Sunset and also the berries of Forest Hill

I figured it was something like this, and now, after 12 years, I see that it’s so…

Look to the Skies for Signs and Wonders.

It Begins: Rec and Park Finally Gets Around to Painting Crosswalks onto the Panhandle Bike Path – But Who Has the Right of Way?

Friday, September 22nd, 2017

Here you go – this is this morning:

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And here’s the result. Crosswalks are laid out all the intersections this multi-use path has with Shrader, Cole, Clayton, Ashbury, Central, and Lyon, as I was just talking about a couple days back.

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So, who has the right of way at these intersections – is it bike riders or peds? Well, IDK. I know about the arguments, I just don’t know the answers. (Is this bike path a “wilderness trail?” I’ve heard that one, from an in insurance company trying to deny coverage.)

Anyway, I’m thinking that about 25% of the peds have quite deficient situational awareness on this path (including two of the three workers seen above) and about 15% of the bike riders are stereotypical jerkwads who “knows my rights” and go a bit too fast. When these two subsets meet up at these unusual intersections, accidents happen, oh well.

We’ll see how this goes. (One hopes our RPD could put up a little signage about a speed limit and who has the right of way, if that’s not too bold for RPD to consider…)

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How Well-Matched are Rec & Parks’ Brand-New and Quite Twee Wooden Benches with the Panhandle? Let’s Take a Look

Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

Not well-matched at all, it would seem:

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(Also, free hair curler!)

Here’s your background.

(Hey, is our RPD Board older, whiter, richer, and more suburbanite-minded than the locals they are employed to serve? You tell me, Babe. You tell me.)

Anyway, workers will take off these scribbles by removing the remaining surface treatment on these old-tyme, Elizabethan wooden slats, and then we’ll see how it goes…

Rec and Park’s New Sign in the Panhandle Directs Tourist Pedestrians AWAY from the Multi-Use Path Abutting Fell

Tuesday, September 19th, 2017

Let’s pay off on that headline right now.

Looking east from Stanyan:

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Enhance!

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Oh here we go: Bikes to the left, peds to the right, see?

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Now I say tourists ’cause locals already know that they can tread upon “the bike path” in the Golden Gate Park Panhandle.

The real solution would be to widen this path what functions as a sidewalk for the south side of Fell, but for some reason, our RPD SFMTA SFCTA DPW alphabet soup don’t want to do that.

(And their next step will be to add painted crosswalk-type lines on the multi-use path where it intersects with what would be the sidewalks of Shrader, Cole, Clayton, Ashbury, Central, and Lyon if it weren’t for the existence of Golden Gate Park, the better to avoid any more bike v. ped accidents.)

Anyway, for better or worse…

Heartless DPT: Can You Put a Note on Your Car to Avoid an SFMTA MUNI DPT Parking Citation? Sometimes, But Not In This Case

Friday, September 15th, 2017

And I’ll tell you why.

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It’s cause then everybody would do it and things would get out of hand. OTOH, if you are out there when they come around, trying to do a jump start or something, I think you’d have a better chance.

Just a note? I don’t think that’s going to cut it barring exceptional circumstances

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(And this note above here, along with its mate at the rear, did work. Hurray.)

SKATING, NO BICYCLES: How Some Alter the NO SKATING NO BICYCLES Stencils on the Golden Gate Park Panhandle Jogging Path

Wednesday, September 13th, 2017

This is what it could look like – this is my Photoshopped version to duplicate what somebody described to me:

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Anyway, the message is to leave this path to sk8trboies, one assumes…

Taggers Beset McKinley Statue in the Golden Gate Park Panhandle, Just After Its Big Fix-It Job

Friday, September 8th, 2017

These steps were fenced off for a couple months over the summer – here’s what it looks like now:

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Things get expensive and complicated what with sacrificial anti-graffiti coatings and whatnot.

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Real estate interests in the area thought they had a solution by proposing a big-ass fence to keep the hippies off of the steps, and I’m srsly…

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…this was a real proposal and this image was the mock-up they created, but the fence idea didn’t fly.

On It Goes…

Surprise: A $3.2 Million(!) Renovation Will SHUT DOWN the Panhandle Playground for about Two(!) Years

Thursday, August 31st, 2017

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This process started in late 2014. San Francisco Board of Supervisors President called a $2 million earmarking an “early Christmas present” for her District Five. That means that this is going to end up taking a full half-decade.

But that’s not the problem.

The problem is that RPD should just take care of the stuff it has instead of building all-new stuff.

So, some generally well-meaning non-profit people came around with clipboards telling people that the current Panhandle Playground, paid for by a $100,000 grant from (old) General Motors, gets a grade of “C” or “D” and the first thing people did is ask why. About half of them would give an “A” grade, and then say that Rec and Park should do a better job of maintenance.

And actually PEOPLE LIKE ALL THE SAND.

But one of the points of this project is getting rid of the sand. It’s a citywide goal. So it’s kind of sad that the people who want the city to simply keep this playground the way it is butjust take better care of it always ask about the sand issue. The answer I hear from the generally well-meaning nonprofit types is that sand has parasites, from cats. Well, that might be true in general but it’s not true at this location, which has more rats than cats, as you can see:

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Another point is getting rid of the Chromated Copper Arsenate (CCA) in the wood. Well, again, this is a citywide goal that some have. Check out the Wiki link. Avoid studies by/from the CCA / timber industry. IRL, if there’s arsenic in your kid, it’s not from CCA. Sry.

So what else – oh, what’s also sad is that people don’t understand that the existing playground would have to shut down for more than a year as the new playground has to go in at the same place.

And questions about all these issues are addressed to those who are getting paid to put in a new playground. The question about whether a playground should be put in was never asked.

So, CLOSING THIS PLAYGROUND FOR TWO YEARS FOR BASICALLY NO REASON WILL BE UNPOPULAR (TO SAY THE LEAST) WITH EXISTING USERS. Go over there and ask them – say, yeah, they’re going shut this place down for two years to get rid of all the sand. The most popular reply you’ll get is, “Oh no, that’s terrible, I like the sand.”

And, THERE’S NO GUARANTEE THAT THE NEW PLAYGROUND WILL BE BETTER THAN THE EXISTING ONE. This issue could go either way. The new playground will implement Theories Of Playing, but, guess what, so did the old one. Has Play changed so much the past two decades?

Also, ISN’T $3.2 MILLION A LOT OF MONEY TO PUT INTO A SMALL PLAYGROUND AREA? This isn’t the big beef, but it’s a a factor.

The BEST CHOICE would be to fix up the existing playground with just a small fraction of 3.2 freaking million dollars. And take another fraction and use it to pay the RPD workers who come by to rake the sand. And then do something else with the remaining millions.

The SECOND BEST CHOICE would be to site the playground in a different place. That would address the primary problem of the two year shutdown.

The THIRD BEST CHOICE would be to delay this project for another three years, or for another couple decades.

I realize that people at the Parks Alliance want to do things for the children, but what they’re ending up doing is shutting down their playground for a couple of years for basically no reason.

FORD, INTERRUPTED: Residents of This Building Simply VOTED DOWN a FoMoCo GoBike Rental Station, No Vandalism Required

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017

Michigan-based Ford Motor Company and/or its “partner,” New York-based Motivate, International (FKA Alta Bicycle Share), decided to put an 80 foot long “bikeshare” station/ Ford ad on the street right here:

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Here’s your StreetView:

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Those four parking spaces on the left there are where FoMoCo was highly motivated to take over. I think it would have cost them something like $5000 per space and that money would have gone to our SFMTA.

But that aint going to happen now.

Why? Well, there was a vote, of sorts.

Representatives from all the units in this 12-unit building registered their opposition to Ford, except for one unit. No matter how you count it (and I’m not exactly sure if there are any unoccupied units now), that was a 90%+ vote against Ford.

Also, other locals opposed the Ford station, and of course, you can imagine that the first floor small business owners also opposed Ford. But go and ask them if you want, I don’t care. (Actually, this is a touchy issue still, and I’m sure that some of these locals just want to put this issue behind them.)

Apparently, the “outreach” what Ford/Motivate lauds themselves for was quite minimal, but obviously even just one posted notice that was actually seen by at least one resident was all that was required to get the ball rolling and our SFMTA, to its credit, honored this vote.

(Our SFMTA, of course, doesn’t exactly want people to come at them with opposition to their long-planned and expensive plans. A while back, they hosted some plebiscites for some ridiculous “traffic circles” plopped into the middle of intersections on nearby Page and Waller and, well, our SFMTA got its ass handed back to it, losing something like by a three to one ratio at all locations. Oh, and the Project Manager for this absurd plan was “sad” to hear this result. And the upshot is that the SFMTA doesn’t host votes like this anymore.)

Anyway, the People spoke and Ford went away – there was no vandalism at all. You didn’t have business owners talking to the MSM making national and international news about opposing Ford. Just saying.

Now, where should the Big Blue Oval put its corporate marketing instead, you know, instead of having an empty part of the grid, as with 24th Street now?

Suggestions were:

Golden Gate Park Panhandle

USF

John Adams Campus of CCSF

St Mary’s

Etc.

These proposals would make the SFMTA miss out on its $20k+ fee/tax, but I don’t think anyone would mind with these locations. I mean, the bike path is right there in the Panhandle, right?

Now, some from New York, Chicago, Palo Alto, Dearborn etc have a lot of “gripes” about the residents of the San Francisco Bay Area lately. But what if the Ford Motor Company / Motivate people tried to make sure that they give actual notice to residents BEFORE they put up these bike “share” rental stations / Ford ads? This way, residents wouldn’t wake up one morning all surprised.

Just an idea.