Posts Tagged ‘Planning’

This is How Masonic Avenue Jaywalkers Die – Between Geary and Bush – Back and Forth to Trader Joe’s #100

Monday, January 20th, 2014

Let’s start of with how people get across a different part of Masonic Avenue a bit lower down Mervyn’s Heights – note that that area is at the crest of a hill.

Compare that part of Masonic with the first block of Masonic just north of Geary. See that? All of those people are NOT on crest, they’re on a slope so they can’t see what’s coming.

As here – MUNI bus barn to the right, TJ’s to the left:

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Note the driver of the dark minivan tapping his/her brakes for the ped:

The ped was distracted here by the traffic that just popped up heading south

And now she’s picking up the pace:

This is the situation, 100% created by SFGov.

Here’s the “Solution” for the Deadly Pedestrian Problem at Trader Joe’s #100 on Masonic – Is It Enough? Maybe

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

You see this sign? It’s the one you see as you exit TJ’s #100 on Masonic near Geary, assuming you’re not driving or riding.

It was put in as a response to all those shoppers who jaywalk to their cars on the other side of Masonic.

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People still jaywalk of course, owing to the ease of parking on the northbound side of Masonic and the difficulty encountered trying to park in the TJ’s lot.  (There’s a lot of history here on this example of bad planning.)

Did I call for this sign? Yes I did. So it’s good that it’s there now. It wasn’t there a couple of years ago, so good on you, SFGov.

But can SFGov and TJ’s do more? Sure. Hey, why don’t the Powers That Be take the opportunity revisit this whole situation before others kill themselves?

Right? I mean I’m not talking politically, ’cause the politics part of getting a new gro sto here is already done. But, you know, morally.

Just asking.

Moving on…

Now here’s an example of people actually taking the several minutes required to get back to their cars by walking down to Geary and waiting for the four-way signal.

This gal here broke from her shopping group to jaywalk while her friends did things the legal way.

(Until this, I’ve never noticed a person not  jaywalking,)

So here she is, sitting pretty whilst waiting for her friends, exulting in her ability to not get hit by a car on this occasion:

I don’t notice this kind of scene as much these days so that’s good.

That’s the update.

Most of the Times Pedestrians Get Killed on the Streets of San Francisco, It’s Their Own Fault – Why Shouldn’t SFGov Explore Issue?

Friday, August 2nd, 2013

You know? Instead of talking about so-called “improvements” that, sometimes,  eventually turn out not to be improvements at all?

Why not explore the issue of what’s wrong with the peds who end up dead and then are considered 100% responsible for their deaths?

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Does that make any kind of sense?

So like why was that woman tempted to park on the wrong side of Masonic intending to jaywalk across Masonic at least twice in order to shop at Trader Joe’s? Is there something wrong with the parking situation at TJ’s #100 on Masonic? Why is that?

What can be done to fix that kind of situation?

Just asking…

How to NIMBY: NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING, 731 Market Street

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

(I was going to post this public hearing notice legibly, but I don’t want to make things too easy for the shakedown artists to come out of the woodwork.)

If you have some time to kill and you’d like a potentially lucrative hobby and you’d like a purpose in life and you’d like people to pay attention to you, then you should adopt the preservation of this old office building near Third Street.

Don’t let the owners change anything for any reason, not without a fight!

You know, if you want:

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Encountering Five Trader Joe’s Shoppers Jaywalking Masonic in Five Seconds – WHO WILL BE THE NEXT TO DIE?

Thursday, May 9th, 2013

These were the final two I saw after just passing three others ALL walking/jogging west to get to Trader Joe’s. This is my personal best, after all those years.

Oh yeah, I know all about the history of jaywalking and about Who Framed Roger Rabbit and the Red Car and so forth. So what. How does that kind of stuff help us here? Answer: It doesn’t.

Moving on….

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Here’s what I said about Trader Joes #100, a half-decade ago, on the old blog:

“Of course, everybody needs to be on the lookout for all the Frogger-like jaywalkers carrying their groceries across six lanes of parked and moving cars. (Somebody is going to get hit one of these days.)”

Now that got a bit of attention from TJ’s Corporate. (I know because I saw the logs indicating such.)

So what the reaction? Nothing, basically.

Stuff like this is what the TJ’s people spent their time on instead, it would appear.

Now this is what occurred last year. Actually, it’s the one-year anniversary of  the death of 25-year-old Suzanne Monaco.*

Did the San Francisco Planning Department plan things well? No, obviously.

Is the SFMTA doing anything about this particular block? No. They have plans to put a whole lot of useless trees and a useless median south of Geary but they don’t seem to care about where TJ’s parkers park  and where they walk.

Yes these jaywalkers are illegally crossing the street and yes they are 100% responsible for their deaths when they get killed but what can be done to prevent future deaths right here in this one location?

I don’t know, a parking garage, an enforcement action, a ban on parking on the east side of Masonic on that particular block of Masonic, a traffic signal and crosswalk, opening up Emerson Alley to allow shopper parking on the roof, you know, just throwing things out there.

This situation is one giant FAIL for SFGov.

You should all be ashamed, SFGov.

Srsly.

Leaving you with one reaction, from Jessica Levin:

“I saw the flower memorial outside Trader Joe’s, and if that is the spot where she crossed, then she must have had a death wish. That’s a busy high speed corridor in both directions and she crossed near a blind crest. She didn’t deserve to die, but if anyone gets the blame, unfortunately it is the pedestrian. I parked across Masonic exactly once (and I did jaywalk to get back to my car) but I was careful to cross at the crest where I could see traffic coming from quite a distance, and even then I was extremely nervous. That was two years ago, and I have never done it again.”

*Was she really carrying “an armful of groceries” while heading “west” back to the store? Probably not.

Selfish, Petty-Bourgeois, White, Property-Owning NIMBY Millionaires Oppose Nifty New Potrero Hill Kaiser

Friday, December 7th, 2012

Hey look, Kaiser Permanente is coming to Potrero Hill.

But some people are highly upset:

Selfish,*

YEP. Pretty much.

Petty-Bourgeois,

YEP

White,

YEP. I’d be surprised if they weren’t.

Property-Owning,

YEP. Obsessed with real estate they are, my precious.

NIMBY

YEP. “Oh yes, Kommandant  we totally support your mission of expanding your concentration and extermination camps, but couldn’t you select a more “appropriate” site, perhaps in East Auschwitz, or maybe even Auschwitz Annex? As the saying goes, property values uber alles.”

Millionaires

YEP. “Well, I’M not a millionaire, ” they lie.

Sorry, little nursey, your kind just isn’t welcome on “The Hill.”

Via stepsaheadlearners

And hey, where’s our helipad, you know, that other thing what was supposed to have “destroyed” property values in PH.

Let’s bring the pain, bring the sanctimony, let’s write canned letters  to all these people, why not:

The CEO and Board of Directors of Kaiser Permanente
Kaiser Permanente (George C. Halvorson)
LNK Partners (Phil Marineau)
Kaiser Permanente (Christine Robisch)
Kaiser Permanente (Robert Pearl)
Kaiser Permanente (Gregory A. Adams)
Kaiser Permanente (Bernard J. Tyson)
Kaiser Permanente (Randy Wittorp)
Kaiser Permanente (Jay Murphy)
Kaiser Permanente (Cameron White)
SF Planning Department (Wade Wietgrefe)
SF Planning Department (Susan Mickelsen)
SF Planning Department (John Rahaim)
Malia Cohen
Megan Hamilton
Andrea Bruss
Kaiser Permanente Board Member (J. Eugene Grigsby)
Kaiser Permanente Board Member (Edward Pei)
SF Planning Department (Sarah Jones)
SF Planning Department (Ben Fu)

*I’m srsly. Do these people sincerely care about “historic” corrugated steel buildings? No, not at all. So how stupid do they think we are? 

Gethsemane Baptist Church is Turning Into a Single Family Residence? “THERE GOES THE NEIGHBORHOOD”

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

This is the scene in the Western Addition at 601 Broderick and Grove, the site of Gethsemane Baptist Church

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The graffiti is new, you see it? It’s all, “THERE GOES THE NEIGHBORHOOD.

Let’s take a closer look:

“The proposal is to convert the existing church into a single family residence.”

Well, that’s direct, huh, right there in black and white.

[RACIAL SUBTEXT MODE = ON] Uh, so the Western Addition is losing yet another African-American church so yet another  millionaire white family can move in, except realtors* call it the North of Panhandle Area now because it doesn’t have the baggage associated with the Western A? That’s my guess, but tell if I’m way off on this one, Gentle Reader. [RACIAL SUBTEXT MODE = OFF]

Oh, architect James Hill is all over this one at his excellent-looking Talking Buildings blog.

All the deets right here.

Via Redfin.com: “601 Broderick is a charming old church … in the heart of NOPA.  Not for the faint of heart or faithless, this property needs a revival. … make them believers. Heaven only knows what the possibilities could be!”  Receiving multiple offers on first showing, the sale closed before the For Sale sign was hammered in the ground.  Highland Ferndale Partners,  a luxury home developer purchased the church for restoration and resale.  David Papale, partner and realtor,  prefers not to disclose the sale price, but  redfin.com notes the price clearly at $1,401,000, 40% over asking, a sizable investment in the future of the community. One might speculate, since this is real estate, that the sale price is more than adequate to cover the losses the bank faced in foreclosure on their faulty loan, a profit unrealized by the church.   Mr. Papale claims, while the possibilities for the property include six  units, it will be restored as a single family  home and to its original Victorian appearance without “that horrible addition.”  

And there’s a little bit more here in the comments section of this Socketsite post, Control-F for 601.

So that’s the sitch and the graffiti artist is doing all s/he can to draw attention.

Mission accomplished.

On It Goes…

*Always in lower case

Trader Joe’s “Bro” Vs. Moving Traffic on Masonic Avenue – San Francisco Planning at Its Finest

Friday, September 7th, 2012

You see, area NIMBY’s didn’t want the Masonic Trader Joes (Store #100) to have a proper parking lot, so this is the result:

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Bad pedestrian behavior on this block has led to the death of one TJ’s shopper this year so far.

The question is why do peds act this way at this particular location.

The other question is what can be done about this.

San Francisco: The City That DOESN’T Know How.

What the Heck is Going On Up On the Roof of the Masonic Trader Joe’s? Discarded News Racks – Dead Cars

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012

I’ll tell you, the TJ’s underneath this rooftop parking lot is a beehive of activity.

So much so, that there are attendants to direct people on how and where to park in the tiny parking lot down below. And there’s almost always a line of cars blocking Masonic Street. So much so, the City and County decided to take out the parking / rush hour lane on southbound Masonic. But even so, a ton of shoppers park on northbound Masonic to make a dangerous journey across five lanes.

So that’s down below. But up on top there’s nothing going on. There’s a gate for people with passes. I think that City Car Share or ZipCar or somebody stores cars up there. But there also junked wrecks.

Like this. Camera left shows an old blue pickup what’s not in operating condition and in front of it is a Fred Sanford truck without its engine and in the background is a Miata* that someone’s been working on

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Oh, and then randomly, there’s an SFBG news rack up there blocking the lanes, not that it matters because nobody seems to be using this lot all that much.

I think if TJ’s shoppers knew they could park up here, they’d do so. This rooftop would experience a, in the words of our time, Dramatic Transformation and become a Vibrant Crossroads and maybe TJ’s shoppers would kill themselves less.

But no, it’s just a ghost town up there now, arrested decay and whatnot.

Does San Francisco have too much democracy? What explains this situation?

And after you think about that, think about What Can Be Done Now to fix the results of poor planning from San Francisco’s (Poor) Planning Department.

*Is it missing some lights, like the parking / driving / turn signal lights?  I’ll tell you, if you drove that rig on Geary Boulevard a few times, the SFPD of the Richmond District would catch you for sure.

Grocery Store Intervention: Trader Joe’s, You Have a Problem – Jaywalking Customers on Masonic – Who Will Die Next?

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012

My latest trip to the TJ’s lasted no longer than two shakes of a lamb’s tail. And yet, I saw a ton of people park on the south side of Masonic only to run or walk across the busy six-lane freeway substitute to get to the store on the north side.

Why do people do this? Well, because the line for parking can be twenty cars long. And also because shoppers can’t head north or east after driving out of the parking lot.

This would be no biggee normally, but the combination of the hill crest and the curves makes this a dangerous practice, as was foretold a while back.

Here’s how it works, it’s just like a game of Frogger excepting that you’re the frog.

The telltale bag:

 

Here’s another. (The fence is for the MUNI Yard at Masonic and Geary)

It seemed like one person was making this crossing every couple minutes when I was there.

Now, do the people at TJ’s #100 know about this?

Well, how could they not?

Now, do the people at TJ’s do anything about this?

I don’t know. Doesn’t appear that way.

All right, the girls are still shopping so let’s go up to the roof to see Dude (no that’s not his Mercedes, that some other jaywalker’s)…

…but oh no, this gal’s doing the same thing at the same time

…and now back to Dude, wise choice, man…

…and let’s go back to the gal, she see’s an opening, she could   go   all   the   way:

I mean, this is ten seconds worth of action in four shots.

This is a target-rich environment.

So, why doesn’t Trader Joe’s have a proper parking lot, you know, one that has a chance of accommodating all the shoppers?

I don’t know.

Did the City and County expect cars to whither away by now, you know, “Peak Oil is coming in 2005″ so let’s get ready for that?

Did the rich white homeowners in the area go full NIMBY back when plans were originally being drawn up?

Did TJ’s actually have a plan for shoppers to park on the roof or in some underground parking garage?

I don’t know.

Who will be the next to die?

I don’t know.

Now let’s hear from Reader RMS: “I shop, as well as drive by hear almost on a daily basis–and it never ends. Cars hang u-turns, cross the double lines, pedestrians/shoppers run and sometimes slowly walk across to go to TJ’s without a thought. I actually drove by there at the time of the unfortunate death of that women. It’s exactly as you stated, the hill, the speed limit but people choose to take their chances because it’s more convenient than having to go into the parking lot or go the actual cross walk, they can’t be bothered–sad. Has Trader Joe’s made any comments or contributed any ideas on passing the message to their customers?”