You can pave over white lines, but they have a way of coming back. Confused shoppers didn’t know which lines to obey, on this day:
Bye bye Sears.
Bye bye Mervyns.
I hadn’t thought of this new biz for a couple years, but now here it is, spotted in the wilds of the Financh:
I guess Bro here just drove a rental Prius to somebody’s home, took out his Bianchi and is now heading home? I think that’s how things work.
The cars on the left lane of this block are parked, which is part of the reason why this block of Oak has idling cars on it all the time.
So why not make the left a tow away zone, allowing drivers to get through this congested block more easily? All the SFMTA would have to do is take out like eight spaces:
I mean, is this situation here what was “envisioned” a dozen years ago?
Market Street, yesterday:
Is this official, like from Ford? IDK.
And then they have their big Nissan vans – they double park, park on the sidewalks and make illegal turns off of Market all the time. Is that kosher?
And what’s up with these Ford pickups all illegally parked next to each other basically every day at the BABS station on Market near 5th? They’re still showing up. Does the reflective triangle make everything OK? IDK
Any connection here? IDK.
And the Yelp ratings are in the cellar, still. Seems like people are paying a lot of money for these bikes, considering what they get, and some people at some companies are millionaires now, and speaking of millions, taxpayers will end up paying tens of millions afore this program gets defunded or whathaveyou.
All is not well in BABS-land these days.
And I can’t wait to see all the Ford ads, which, one assumes, will be plastered all over, soon…
(I didn’t take most of these particular shots.)
Anywho, what do we see here – do we see the three parked cars of the occupants of one unit of housing all carousing about license plate-free on the Streets of San Francisco?
I think so.
Are these people pulling a Steve Jobs? Are they driving registered vehicles hither and yon with one or two DMV plates in the trunk, you know, waiting to get pulled over by the popo and then it will be, what, “Oh, I’ve been meaning to put those things on my car. The dealership says I need a special bracket, or something” or something like that?
I’ll tell you, the reason why the owners of Italian exoticars drive about California without proper California registration and insurance is because of the crushing “use taxes” they would have to pay otherwise. So your expensive, impractical weekend car might cost you $10K or $20K just for CA registration for the first year and then many thousands per year for years after that. So you end up seeing people using Oregon plates or Nevada plates or Montana plates or whatever.
But OTOH, the reason why owners of German luxocars don’t have the plates what DMV sent them mounted front and rear, just speculating here, are:
4. Bridge Toll Evasion
(Hey, what if you have just the back license plate on your car – do the Golden Gate Bridge people take images of you car from the back as well? IDK.)
Anyway, the best example of this would be a German car owner who improperly asked for a handicapped placard and was improperly given one by a chiropractor and then uses that placard to park for free all day long at an SFMTA parking meter in Frisco, say someplace close to the Financh but not too close, maybe by that Safeway on Washington BUT ALSO doesn’t have license plates mounted in order to evade the $6.50 daily Golden Gate Bridge toll BUT ALSO has an insidery CHP 11-99 Foundation license plate holder so that the CHP officer who pulls you over already knows that you’ve personally given thousands of dollars to the families of CHP officers so s/he will go easy on you “this time” for speeding on the 101 without license plates BUT ALSO has been doing this for years and years.
You know, something like this:
After all, you’re special.
So very special…
It wasn’t that I didn’t try
It’s not the kind of thing, that you buy
Written in my destiny
Life is but a dream
Covered by the sky
Stop saying that you’re calling time
Look at your life before you start on mine
I’m not the kind of person that you need
I’m sick of trying
I mean that it’s over
Patiently you wait for me
You’re so blind
I thought it couldn’t be
Then changed my mind
Drowning in the endless sea
Line all those lines
The traces of your memory
Don’t belong with mine
The street triangles of the Outside Lands become an issue for the SFPD:
You see, the problem here is that there isn’t any church around to persuade the SFMTA about how it’s OK to park next to a median, oh well…
Obviously, Supervisor Scott Wiener needs a driver to squire him around Frisco (and the very small slice of San Mateo County what he pretends to actually care aboot these days, eh?).
Of course, if I were Scott Wiener, I’d be all, “Man, I don’t even own an aging silver Nissan.” Or something. But no, he simply ignored this situation.
Or I would have taken these incidents as a wake-up call. And then have gotten a volunteer to drive me to my daily engagements.
Now this sitch here I don’t understand, you know fully:
Perhaps Scott Wiener should clear things up for us, you know, explain what his issues are here. (IDK, maybe somebody stole his Nissan and then parked it here – who knows. Or maybe he was so busy texting that he doesn’t really know what he’s doing IRL anymore.)
But why would such a sanctimonious “urbanist” even own a car in the first place, in Frisco of all places?
“W: What I will say is my perspective is neither the SFMTA or SFPD takes double-parking seriously. And I don’t say that lightly. I’m a fan of both agencies. I work with them. I believe SFPD and SFMTA are committed to Vision Zero. There are some really good people within SFPD who do want to see it happen. But double parking is one area where both agencies have just failed… it’s private automobiles, it’s taxis, it’s garbage trucks… it’s an unending situation. They cause traffic jams, they block Muni, they block the bike lane, it undermines our entire transportation system and makes our streets more dangerous. It is one of my significant frustrations.”
Scott Wiener – sell your car or get a driver.
This was the promise, back in aught-twelve:
In 2012 the San Francisco Board of Supervisors enacted a new violation in the SF Transportation Code to address inappropriate parking of oversized vehicles on city streets. SFTC Section 7.2.54 prohibits parking a vehicle over 22 feet in length or over 7 feet in height, or camp trailers, fifth-wheel travel trailers, house cars, trailer coaches, mobilehomes, recreational vehicles, or semi-trailers, between the hours of 12 a.m. and 6 a.m. when SFMTA signs are posted giving notice.
And yet this is the reality, in 2016. (I’ll note that the one in front has the brand-name “BRAVE” written on it in large letters – that’d certainly be true if the owner/renter planned to leave it there past midnight.)
The millionaire homeowners of Fell wanted these rides gone from their view, but, well this is what they’re staring out when they walk down their stoops these days.
Of course this photo was made in the daytime, so maybe this caravan moves out every night to neighboring streets without the SFMTA ban? IDK, cause I’m sleeping during those hours, usually.
But actually, a ticket for just $110 sounds cheap compared with the cost of a tiny Airbnb apartment in the 94117 what could go for double that, easily, for one night.
I’ll have to do an RV nose count next time I’m skulking about the Panhandle after midnight…