Posts Tagged ‘parkmerced’

ParkMerced’s Pro-UBER Video is a Real Howler – Are UBER Drivers Really So Great?

Thursday, August 25th, 2016

Here’s the fantasy, quite obviously a fever dream from somebody who doesn’t live in Frisco (and that includes the farthest reaches of Frisco County way down there in the South West Corner, you know Daly City North, you know, like ParkMerced):

Here’s the reality:

“I DO know that a lot of these Uber/Lyft cars drive like complete assholes. I had to slam on the brakes to avoid hitting one that blithely drifted into my lane on Franklin going about 35 miles an hour. They routinely just stop wherever they happen to be and throw on the hazards, not giving a single fuck about the line of cars behind them, which is one thing if you’re on deserted 28th and Noriega and quite another if – as I saw this weekend – you’re on very crowded Fell Street, which is essentially a three-lane freeway with timed lights and on which any impediment immediately causes a blocks-long backup. And so on. I’m not advocating getting rid of Uber and Lyft. I’ve used their services and may do so again in the future. But it seems a little crazy that we’ve allowed this many essentially unregistered cabs to flood the streets with no screening process or driver safety and etiquette class or anything. 61 cars in a relatively short time is a lot.”

I don’t object to Parkmerced, but I object to its UBER fantasy commercial.

Here I stand, I can do no other. Is that so wrong?

Parkmerced Update: The “Townhomes” of Infamous “800 Summit” (“From the Low $1,000,000’s”) are the McMansions of Frisco

Monday, April 11th, 2016

Well Summit 800 has certainly been getting attention the past week.

(And I’ve commented earlier.)

So now let’s take a visit Way Down South, even souther and wester than Parkmerced, which everyone would agree is pretty far south and west already, and make the case that these condos / townhomes / whatever are the McMansions of Frisco.

So what’s a McMansion, big housing on a small lot?

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Well, you can’t get smaller lots than this, right? I mean, these places are abutting:

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And take a look at this wall, below – no windows, right? Are they going to put more condos / townhomes / whatever in later on to cover this up? I mean, nobody else has windows on the side. Anyway, this is your McMansion hallmark – such a small separation betwixt units that there’s no real use for windows on the side:

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“No City Limits” is the sign what’s mounted near the city limits, oddly. I mean this is the city limits, right?

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All right, take a look. (And I’ll add that I’m not saying these units are McMansions, I’m saying that they’re the McMansions of Frisco.)

“In U.S. suburban communities, McMansion is a pejorative term for a “mass-produced mansion”. An example of a McWord, “McMansion” associates the generic quality of these luxury homes with that of mass-produced fast food by evoking the McDonald’s restaurant chain.[1] The neologism “McMansion” seems to have been coined sometime in the early 1980s.[2] It appeared in the Los Angeles Times in 1990[3][4] and the New York Times in 1998.[5] Related terms include “Persian palace”,[6] “garage Mahal”, “starter castle”, and “Hummer house”

The term “McMansion” is generally used to denote a new, or recent, multi-story house of no clear architectural style,[8] which prizes superficial appearance, and sheer size, over quality.
Such very large, indeed expensive, but “mass produced” homes may sit on large lots: that is to say, an entire division of McMansions may be created (perhaps dozens or more at once), each on a large lot. However, in another usage “McMansion” is used pejoratively to refer to a house which replaced a smaller house, in a neighborhood of smaller houses, which seems far too large for its lot and thus crowds adjacent homes. (Indeed, such a McMansion may lack side windows due to the proximity to the boundaries – another McMansion-related cliché”


Using Photoshop to Market Blue Skies to Foreigners – Selling Summit 800 Condos/Townhomes Deep in the Fog Belt

Tuesday, April 5th, 2016

Well, here you go, it’s Summit 800, “from the low millions.”

It’s the talk of the town these days.

But Google “summit 800 san francisco” and all you see are highly uncharacteristic blue skies. Isn’t that odd? I mean, we’re deep in the Frisco Fog Belt down there in the lower left corner of SF County, right?

Anyway, these shots come up in the above search. Don’t these Honolulu-style cloud look familiar? Aren’t they exactly the same in both images? What are the odds of that?

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(Something’s gone wrong here!)

IDK, man. I just feel sorry for the out of towners buying these places.

Enjoy your fog, Newcomers!

County Living at SUMMIT 800: The Top Seven Reasons Why Foreigners Should NOT Buy a Condo Townhouse Near Parkmerced

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

What’s that, you’re not a foreigner? Well fine, you certainly should know what you’re doing, so move on in, with my blessings.

But I’m assuming that you’re a foreigner, you know, if you’re thinking about buying at Summit 800.

1. And you know what? The people who are selling to you are assuming you’re a foreigner as well. Look at the name, look at the marketing. You’re rich and naive, that’s what they’re telling you.

2. This is a giant warning sign:

The New Townhouses at Summit 800 Are Already Cutting Prices

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3. Yes, you’re living in San Francisco but only just inside the county line. So really, you’re sort of living in San Mateo County. This is their slogan: “City Living. No City Limits.” It took me a while to figure things out, because I didn’t see the two sentences together. What they’re saying is that you have the best of both worlds – you’re living in San Francisco, but your apartment/condo/townhouse/townhome/whatever you call it as long as you don’t call it a “house” has a lot of space and is brand-new construction and you have room for two cars and you have a lot of things that are hard to find in SF. BUT YOU’RE NOT REALLY LIVING IN SF, not really. They’re showing you images of Shanghai, but you’d be living in Chengdu.

4. Schools. Ask about schools. OMFG.

5. Weather / Climate. Hey, how’s the weather down there? Oh, foggy again today? Oh.

6. Traffic. OMFG. What they call State Highway 1, I call the 19th Avenue Parking Lot. Things are a bit better if you head south, but then why live in the far south / far west of SF? Oh, just so you can say you have a place in SF? OK, if that’s what you want.

7. What are people saying about this place? Check it. And pay close attention to what Eric has to say.

What if you gave one of these places to your kids and told them they’d only have to pay the monthly homeowner’s fees and annual property taxes, something like $2000 a month? Would your kids even want to move in? IDK. So what happened to your million-plus dollars?


Grand Opening of “Summit 800” Condos This Weekend – Parkmerced Adjacent – Too Far South, Too Far West

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

Well, this is news to me. Hater notes in brackets:

“Model Grand Opening At Summit 800 In San Francisco This Saturday & Sunday, August 23 And 24!

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — It’s time you experienced a higher level [I DON’T THINK LIVING WAY DOWN THERE IS HIGHER ANYTHING, IMO] of living. This Saturday, August 23 and Sunday, August 24, you’re invited to the highly anticipated Model Grand Opening of Summit 800 in San Francisco! With spectacular amenities, a peaceful community atmosphere and new single-family homes and attached condominiums priced from the low $1 millions, Summit 800 invites you to discover a new side [THE FAR WEST SIDE! THE FAR SOUTH SIDE! THE FAR SOUTHWEST SIDE] of San Francisco living. This is your chance to be among the first to tour the new models, enjoy refreshments and find a home that redefines everything [OF COURSE, EVERYTHING!]. Visit the sales office this weekend from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and explore a community where elevated living [I DON’T THINK LIVING WAY DOWN THERE IS ELEVATED ANYTHING, IMO] starts here.

Nestled along a climbing hill [AS OPPOSED TO A NON-CLIMBING HILL?] in true San Francisco fashion, Summit 800 presents a long-awaited new residential opportunity in an unprecedented [IT’S IN THE PARKMERCED AREA, RIGHT? THAT PLACE HAS BEEN THERE FOR DECADES] location. Here, three-story single-family residences and attached condominiums are designed to fit your needs. Five unique floor plans range from 1,547 to 2,133 square feet and offer as many as three bedrooms, two-and one-half baths, private and shared two-car garages and stunning architectural styles. Plus, each residence comes equipped with solar power systems, embracing all the qualities you look for in a new home.

Designer-selected features and open living spaces create enough room for relaxation and comfort throughout [I’LL CEDE THIS POINT, SUMMIT. I’M SURE YOUR MILLION DOLLAR CONDOS ARE NICE INSIDE] Magnificent kitchens include energy-saving appliances, well-appointed cabinetry and granite slab countertops, while spacious master suites offer sumptuous bath havens, boasting solid-surface vanities, luxurious soaking tubs, separate spa-like showers and stylish mirrors. Additional community conveniences include a two-acre park, tot lot and dog park [AND THE CLOSEST PLACE TO SHOP IS A CONVENIENCE STORE WITH DRUG DEALERS HANGING OUT OUT FRONT?]

Situated in desirable San Francisco, Summit 800 presents an incredible opportunity to experience a new side of life in the city. A premier location [AHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!] minutes from downtown [20 MINUTES? 40 MINUTES? 50 MINUTES? 60 MINUTES? 70 MINUTES? I MEAN IT DEPENDS ON IF YOU’RE WALKING OR DRIVING OR RIDING A BIKE OR, AT A LAST RESORT, RIDING MUNI, RIGHT?]  and steps [3000?] from MUNI transit embraces rich culture, energy and style, offering access to the iconic Golden Gate Park, historic Japanese Tea Garden [SO IF SUMMIT 800 OFFERS ACCESS TO THE JAPANESE TEA GARDEN, THEN ANY PLACE IN DALY CITY SIMILARLY OFFERS ACCESS TO THE JAPANESE TEA GARDEN, RIGHT?] and city landmarks as well as world-renowned shopping, dining and entertainment destinations, from Union Square to Stonestown Galleria [YES, OUR “WORLD RENOWNED” MALL AT STONESTOWN – IT’S ALL THEY TALK ABOUT IN PARIS].

Summit 800 is located at 71 Summit Way, San Francisco, California 94132, off the I-280 S freeway and Geneva Avenue [OH FUCK, GENEVA? THIS JUST GETS BETTER AND BETTER] exit. The sales office is open daily from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. For more details, please visit or call (415) 587-8800.

Summit 800 is a new home community by Comstock Homes and Maracor Development in San Francisco. Situated near San Francisco’s Lake Merced area, the 7.7-acre site is owned by Real Capital Solutions, a nationally focused investor of work-out and value-add properties.

“So Best Place To Live” – PARKMERCED Battles the NEMA “New Market” Building for Stupid Marketing Catch Phrases

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

IMO, Parkmerced’s #sobestplacetolive rivals NEMA’s nonsensical “AMENITIES, NOT ENEMIES” slogan.

NEMA has many more catchphrases, so Parkmerced will have to do a lot of work to catch up: 

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All right, #sobesthaveagoodday.

Justin Herman Plaza Update: 2011 Had OccupySF, Opposing Bank of America, But 2012 Has “Bank of America Sunday Streets”

Monday, March 12th, 2012


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And this was yesterday during the kick-off of “Bank of America Sunday Streets* 2012”

You see, back in 2011, we opposed Bank of America, but now everything’s A-OK, it would seem.

2011 was bad for BofA, but spending a few thousand dollars on Sunday Streets makes up for that, the thinking goes.

“Financial partners include… PG&E, Lennar, Park Merced…”

Oh well.

*Kind of lackluster, actually. People don’t seem to care as much about this event as much anymore. It’s become more kind of a private-public, corporatist, corporate sell-out these days. Anyway, you can see some of its tents on the left and a few cyclists going past the Ferry Building, if you look hard enough.

Check Out This Poll Regarding the San Francisco General Election of 2011 – Selected Excerpts

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011

Now this isn’t the whole poll that was sent out to potential voters a little while back, but it’s a part.

(At the time, I wasn’t sure who it was for, but now I know.)

It’s interesting to see how the candidates are described (but parts of this poll have become obsolete already).

Sadly, there was no Anyone But Ed checkbox:

Via Steve Rhodes

All right, enjoy:

There is an upcoming San Francisco election on November 8, 2011. How likely it is that you will vote in this election?
I will definitely vote
I will probably vote
I’m not sure if I’ll vote
I probably won’t vote
I’m definitely not going to vote

Thinking about San Francisco, do you feel that it is moving in the right or wrong direction overall?
Right direction
Wrong direction

This November, there will be an election for Mayor in San Francisco. Even though the election is several months away, if you were voting today, please tell us your firstsecond, and third choices among the declared candidates below.
FIRST choice SECOND choice THIRD choice
State Senator Leland Yee
San Francisco Supervisor John Avalos
President, San Francisco Board of Supervisors David Chiu
Former San Francisco Supervisor Tony Hall
Former San Francisco Supervisor Michela Alioto-Pier
San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera
Someone else
Venture Capitalist Johanna Rees
San Francisco Assessor-Recorder Phil Ting
Former San Francisco Supervisor Bevan Dufty

The current Interim mayor, Ed Lee, may soon decide to run for a full mayoral term this November. With Ed Lee as an option, please tell us your firstsecond, and third choices among the declared candidates below.
FIRST choice SECOND choice THIRD choice
Former San Francisco Supervisor Tony Hall
Interim Mayor Ed Lee
San Francisco Supervisor John Avalos
State Senator Leland Yee
Venture Capitalist Johanna Rees
Former San Francisco Supervisor Michela Alioto-Pier
Someone else
President, San Francisco Board of Supervisors David Chiu
San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera
San Francisco Assessor-Recorder Phil Ting
Former San Francisco Supervisor Bevan Dufty
Pension Reform Charter AmendmentsThere are two pension reform measures: the ‘City’ plan and the ‘Adachi’ plan.The ‘City Plan’ is a compromise between the mayor, the Supervisors, and most Labor groups in San Francisco. Among other things, it adjusts contribution rates for current and future employees to the San Francisco Employees’ Retirement System, increases retirement age for new hires, caps salary that can be pensioned, and makes other changes. The ‘City’ plan is estimated to save $50 million in 2012-13 and between $90-$150 million per year after that.

The other pension reform plan is Public Defender Jeff Adachi’s pension reform initiative. It calls for an increase of all City employees’ contributions to the City pension plan, including police and fire. The ‘Adachi’ plan is estimated to save the city around $100 million per year.

The measure that receives the most votes is the one that will become law.

How do you intend to vote on the ‘City‘ pension reform plan?
I will definitely vote for it
I will probably vote for it
I’m undecided
I will probably not vote for it
I will definitely not vote for it

How do you intend to vote on the ‘Adachi‘ pension reform plan?
I will definitely vote for it
I will probably vote for it
I’m undecided
I will probably not vote for it
I will definitely not vote for it

Initiative – Repeal approval for Board’s Parkmerced decision The Board of Supervisors recently approved a $1.2 billion dollar plan to build 9,000 housing units over the next twenty years. About 1,500 rent-controlled units need to be demolished to do this, though the agreement with the developer is that they will be replaced. This initiative seeks to overturn the Board’s approval.How do you intend to vote on this initiative?
I will definitely vote for it
I will probably vote for it
I’m undecided
I will probably not vote for it
I will definitely not vote for it

More information on Repeal approval for Board’s Parkmerced decision Supporters (people against the Parkmerced project) say that the destruction of 1,500 rent-controlled units is unacceptable. Although the developer has agreed to replace the units, this may not be enforceable in court.Opponents (people who support the Parkmerced project) say this project will bring thousands of jobs, an additional 1,700 rent-controlled units (on top of the replaced units), and improved transit to the area.

How do you intend to vote on this initiative?

I will definitely vote for it
I will probably vote for it
I’m undecided
I will probably not vote for it
I will definitely not vote for it

More information on Changing rules of leasing San Francisco Park and Rec facilities Supporters of the ordinance say that public parks should not be leased for profit, and nearly all park amenities should be free, as they’re already covered by tax dollars. This prevents privatization of public spaces.Opponents say that it isn’t clear what facilities fall under this, and it’s possible that all park space becomes subject to these restrictions, including weddings and picnics. Also, Park and Rec needs all the revenue it can get for its programs.

Now how do you intend to vote on this ordinance?

I will definitely vote for it
I will probably vote for it
I’m undecided
I will probably not vote for it
I will definitely not vote for it

Apartment Complex Bike Room Showdown: ParkMerced vs. Presidio Landmark – One is Heaven, One is Hell

Friday, August 5th, 2011

(IMO, poorly-rated ParkMerced (The Mistake By The Lake) should be razed to the ground and replaced with more normal and higher density housing, and that’s pretty much what’s going to happen, sooner or later, so that’s good.)

Don’t get me started about the basements of the high-rise apartments at ParkMerced, and the people living down there (granted, this was a few years back) on mattresses and stealing electricity, and stealing your panties (just panties, thank you, nothing else) from the driers, and stealing bikes, bike parts, etc.*

Storing your bikes in the catacombs of PM, well that’s like crossing the river Styx and entering Bicycle Hell, or at least that’s my impression. As stated, IMO, the buildings of ParkMerced, well, They Should All Be Destroyed.

But what’s this, there’s a dedicated Bike Room at the Presidio Landmark Apartments and here’s what it looks like ?

OMG, it’s Bicycle Heaven!

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(Put this setup in the basement of Park Merced and then the Park handtools would be gone in an hour and the expensive tool chest would be on craigslist the next day.)

So this is where your money goes, on stuff like this, when you pay rent at the PLA.


*Uh, Legal, can we get a an approved stamp, you know, on possible defamation issues?



East Bay Superbowl Party Update: Is Walnut Creek Denser Than San Francisco? Seems That Way in Some Places

Monday, February 7th, 2011

Walnut Creek has four-story developments now? Isn’t this place sort of dense for a what’s supposed to be a leafy suburb?

Those are the questions you ask yourself as you search for the big screen with your name on it in the Great Big Suburban East Bay.

Is the bulk of San Francisco’s ParkMerced this dense?

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If not, why not?