Posts Tagged ‘parking’

NIMBYS are Made, Not Born: The Taking of Alexandria 1 2 3

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

I never saw the original ALEXANDRIA way out there in the Richmond, but I did see the (gun-free) 20th Anniversary release of ET in the subdivided three-screen Alex 123 in back aught-two just afore it shut down forever in aught-four.

It’s been an empty hulk, a brokedown palace ever since:

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Now here’s the reverse angle with new housing going in to replace the parking lot:

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One stated goal of this project and others similar is to lower the value of housing, or at least lower the pressure on housing values, in the Richmond District. If you’re sitting across the street in your owner-occupied house THIS PROJECT DOES NOT BENEFIT YOU.

And the kicker is YES, IT WILL BE HARDER TO PARK IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD.

All you can say for sure is that there will be pros and cons with this project, and others similar. There will be winners and losers. It’s easy to ID the losers is what I’m saying…

 

Does This SFPD Van Patrol Geary Up and Down Solely to Push Along Double Parkers? Sure Looks That Way

Monday, March 27th, 2017

Popo sidles up behind you and fills your rear-view. Then you’d better get going with a quickness.

As seen way out in the Middle Richmond on a Sunday*, when desperate parkers just circle and circle and #38 MUNI buses are relatively few and far between

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Then the officer hangs a Louie and starts heading west again, over and over…

*Our SFMTA has vowed to increase “parking availability* here but of course it hasn’t. The plan was to have drivers give more money to the SFMTA by charging for street parking more and more often. But the pork barrel dynamic pricing trial is long since over and Sunday parking is free again, for some reason, so all it takes is a few hot dim sum places in the area to get street parking to 99%+ occupancy, not that this really affects me all that much…

Frisco’s Version of Parking on the Front Lawn, Except Front Lawns are Hard to Find Anymore Out in the Sunset District

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

It used to be like this:

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But now it’s like this:

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FBOW, most of the lawns are gone, paved over long ago to make room for more car parking…

Parallel Parking Grand Champion: There’s a Whole Lot of Right or a Whole Lot of Wrong in This Photo

Friday, March 17th, 2017

Those unfamiliar with Frisco, many ppl, have asked me if cars ever get stuck in street parking spaces, owing to no lines telling you where to park.

So if Bro here, who’s now trying to escape, parked in this space without causing mayhem and then managed to expertly go on his way, well then BRAVO:

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But more likely, he was blocked in and had to wait to get out. (I didn’t stick around to find out.)

In that case, this sitch is either the fault of the Subie driver ahead or the Honda driver behind. One simply can’t tell…

If You Can’t Afford a Smart Car, This is the Next Best Thing – Graffiti Might be an Issue Though – A Gold Interceptor III Trike

Monday, March 13th, 2017

WSJ-approved!

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Our SFMTA’s Official Blessing for Weekend Church Parking on the Medians of Dolores isn’t Working Out

Monday, March 13th, 2017

Take a look, northbound Dolores at 18th:

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Dolores is for moving people about, right? It’s not for parking, non?

It doesn’t make any sense for the SFMTA to approve this kind of chaos, but for the outsized influence of small groups of Interested Parties.

Frisco Newcomer Parks in the Yellow Zone on Sansome – Then Look What Happened

Friday, March 3rd, 2017

So that’s a $95 yellow zone ticket, but the real damage is the tow fee (including the dolly fee, natch), the SFMTA administrative fee, and potentially, storage and transfer fees. So IDK, will that add up to $800? Maybe more, maybe less

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Yellow zones are for active freight loading and unloading only by commercial vehicles. Check nearby signs or stencils on the curb for effective hours. Vehicles without a commercial license plate parked in a yellow zone will be cited and can be towed if the sign specifies it is a tow zone.”

Welcome to Frisco.

Our PG&E Didn’t/Doesn’t Have a Good Handle on Natural Gas Long-Haul Transmission Safety, But Check Out Its Car Parking

Thursday, March 2nd, 2017

You can’t get any safer than this:

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These cones are really helping matters is what I’m saying…

Trader Joe’s Parking Lot Inconveniently Located Across Four Lanes of Traffic – Was This Good Planning?

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017

I say four lanes ’cause even though the unit block of Masonic is six lanes wide at this point, the outer two are almost always used for parking.

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Anyway, this northbound lane is a de facto parking lot for Trader Joe’s #100. This is because the real parking lot is far too small. Of course, there’s a place for parking on the roof of the building, but you can’t use it. And of course these days you can also park in the lot of the former (and quite horrible, remarkably so, but also beloved by some) Lucky Penny diner (but that’s not going to last forever, as condos are slated).

Those shoppers queueing up to use the main lot line up all the way to Euclid sometimes, and even getting to the back of the line involves awkwardly driving going around a huge MUNI yard or a large swath of the inner Inner Richmond.

So people simply park for free on Masonic northbound and run/walk across Masonic, speed limit 30 MPH by the way.

Hey is this good planning? Nope. Hey who planned this design, the Planning Department? Yep.

Are you going to die by shopping in this fashion? Probably not, but somebody has already. Will somebody else die doing the same thing? Yes.

Parking in the Driveway, Frisco-Style

Friday, February 17th, 2017

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