Posts Tagged ‘POLK GULCH’

Hipsters Spotted Well North of Polk Gulch – Possible Breeding Pair – Nesting Rituals Noted

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015

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SFMTA’s Polk Street Parking Space Removal Plan has Spawned a Yelp War – A Five-Star Counterattack – Poor Dr. Hiura, Poor Other Dr. Hiura!

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

All right, get up to speed here.

And now, the latest salvo – if you’re an earnest Yelper who feels that Drs. Hiura & Hiura have been treated unfairly in the whole SFMTA Polk Street Parking Space Removal Plan, well all you can do is post a five-star review, you know, to help out:

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Except that this doesn’t help – the last thing that Hiura To The Power Of Two or Yelp need is a political debate carried out on

Speaking of which, here’s something new from the Hiuras themselves:

I’m confused – whom’s this video for? IDK. Is it for patients so they’ll post five-star reviews? Or is it for potential patients? But who’s going to see it? (And who’s that woman in front of the green screen? Are we meant to think she works there? IDK.)

And I’ll tell you, at this point, no YouTubers have seen this video, like literally nobody.

Hey, did you see that storefront in the background of this clip? Look at all that metal security grating! That’s a reminder that this is Polk Gulch – an area that’s still “in transition,” as they say.

Oh, did I write Polk Gulch? What I meant to write was “Polk Village,” as that’s what some millionaire small-biz owners tried to rename the area a few years back. (I’m not sure how that turned out – certainly, I haven’t heard that term in a while.)

In any event, all that grating sure would be helpful if you’re ever battening down the hatches, like in preparation for another San Francisco Giants World Series riot, or if you were expecting ever more unwelcome visits from the StreetsBlogSF crowd, right?

Well guess what, the hatches have been battened – that means that the Hiuras no longer have anti-SFMTA propaganda posted in their window and the iconic red PEOPLE LOVE US ON YELP storefront sticker – well, that’s now gone as well, almost as if the Hiuras don’t want transit activists thinking of this bidness and the Yelp at the same time.

So on it goes. Perhaps this YelpWar will settle down after today’s big vote at City Hall*

*OMG, these people use so many buzz-phrases and “framing” words, I wonder if they’d even be able to translate their NewSpeak into regular English. Let’s have a try here, an “improvement” as any change that SFGov has ever made and/or something that it wants to spend tax or fee-payer money on, whether that change turns out to actually be an improvement or not IRL. And a “complete” street is one that has had tax or fee-payer money spent on it recently, as best I can figure. IRL, Polk Street was “completed” about a century and a half ago, right? And an “investment” is any spending done by SFGov, like the way my cousin used to invest his money at the slot machines inside the big airport in Vegas. Hey, how would a cosmetic surgeon propose to “improve” your body? How could s/he “complete” yourself? IDK, an “investment” in breasts implants? Hey, that’s what you should do, you should give me your money and you’ll be lifted and enhanced. Except sometimes that’s a bad choice, and other times it’s a meh choice, like whatever. And certainly, your life wasn’t “transformed,” as promised by those who literally make money off of selling an idea that may or may not be a good idea. Hey, is the SFMTA all about safety? Oh, Lord no, not really. IRL, it’s an inefficient organization that makes some good choices but also some bad choices in the name of “safety,” that’s what it is. Oh well. 

The Empire Strikes Back: Comments on Yelp from the More Rabid Elements of the StreetsBlog Mob Stricken – Drs. Hiura on Polk

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

[UPDATE: Oh, Peter Lawrence Kane asked Yelp about these matters just this morning, so that prolly played a big role in Yelp’s very fast response.]

Oh, it’s all good – all the recent negative reviews for Drs. Hiura & Hiura Optometrists have been shuffled down the memory hole as of lunchtime today.

I’m a little surprised at the speed of the deletions.

From what I learned about Yelp from the famous SoMA Legacy Lunchtime Restaurants vs. New School Food Trucks Battle of a few years ago, it can take a long time for demonstrably false or self-serving Yelp postings to come down, if ever.

And I distinguish between reviewers who have brand-new accounts with just one review vs. reviewers with longer histories, and I thought Yelp sort of did as well, but no, they’re all gone.

Oh, here they are, right here, at the bottom of this page.

So I suppose that the penalty for speaking out against the plans of the SFMTA has just dropped, by a whole bunch.

So, Yelp wins once again…

One Reason Why You Shouldn’t Speak Out Against Any Big Plan the SFMTA Wants To Do: The Risk to Your Yelp Rating

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

[UPDATE: The offending posts have already been TWEP – terminated with extreme prejudice. And, inevitably, fans of the Hiuras are now chipping in with five-star reviews…]

Drs. Hiura & Hiura Optometrists have done very well on the Yelp, but our ineffective and meretricious SFMTA’s recent push for the Polk Street Streetscape parking space removal project is not good their business.

Not good at all!

Check it, from the past few days:

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So, what will end up happening is your hard-earned, hard-to-get 5 star rating will come down a notch or two, or three, if you sign your John Hancocks to a letter like this – the blowback will be a brace of one star reviews from noncustomers.

The Grand Battle of Polk Gulch is well and truly joined.

Brace yourselves for March 3, 2015

Santarchy: Hundreds of Santas Take Over San Francisco City Hall – It’s Santacon 2010 All Day Long ‘Til 2:00 AM!

Saturday, December 4th, 2010

Five-star Yelp rated San Francisco Santarchy has taken over the city today, just as it did in 2009 and 2008 and 2007 and 2006 and 2005 and 2004 and 2003 and 2002 and 2001 and 2000 and so on.


Find Frank Chu in there:

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And around the Great Christmas Tree of Civic Center:

Again, via Steve Rhodes

Enjoy the slideshow.

Now, Kay Vasilyeva has this tip:

“Santarchy in my hood = 30-something and up dudes. Santarchy in the Marina = girls with no pants on. You’re welcome for the tip.”

O.K. then.

Let’s hope nobody gets arrested this year.

All the deets plus links to Santarchy worldwide:

Santa kicks off at 12:30pm Saturday 12/4 at SF Civic Center. See below for full schedule and options from the East, North, and South.

Suggested starting points from the East, North and South:

  • East Bay…10am Heinolds First and Last Chance (Jack London Sq, Oakland) 11:30am Ferry ($6.25), arrive 12pm Ferry Bldg, BART/Muni to Civic Ctr
  • North Bay…10am No Name Bar (757 Bridgeway, Sausalito) 11:20amFerry ($8.25), arrive 12pm Ferry Bldg, BART/Muni to Civic Ctr
  • South Bay…9am Cinebar (69 E San Fernando, San Jose) 10amCaltrain #427, arrive 11:36am 4th/King, Muni K/T to Civic Ctr


Triple Crown – 1760 Market St (Octavia)  *noon til 8pm (see FB invite for lineup)

Ha-Ra Club – 875 Geary (Larkin/Hyde)
Ace’s – 998 Sutter (Hyde/Leavenworth)
Blur – 1121 Polk (Post/Hemlock)
Lefty O’Doul’s – 333 Geary (Mason/Powell)


Pilsner Inn 225 Church (15th-Market)
Lucky 132140 Market (15th-Church)
Lookout – 3600 16th (Castro-Market)
Cafe Flore – 2298 Market (Noe)

Nickie’s – 466 Haight (Fillmore/Webster)

Molotov’s – 582 Haight (Fillmore/Steiner)

Danny Coyle’s – 668 Haight (Pierce/Steiner)
Noc Noc – 557 Haight (Fillmore/Steiner)

Li-Po – 916 Grant (Washington/Jackson)
Buddha Lounge – 901 Grant (Washington/Jackson)
Vesuvio – 255 Columbus (Broadway/Jack Kerouac)
Maggie McGarry’s – 1353 Grant (Green/Vallejo)
Savoy Tivoli – 1434 Grant (Green/Union)
O’Reilly’s – 622 Green (Powell/Columbus)
Rogue Ales – 673 Union (Powell/Stockton)
North Star Cafe – 1560 Powell (Powell/Green)
Lusty Lady – 1033 Kearny (Bway/Pacific)

Triple Crown continues


Moby Dick – 4049 18th (Noe/Castro)
The Mix – 4086 18th (Noe/Castro)
Twin Peaks – 401 Castro (17/18th)
Harvey’s – 500 Castro (18/19th)
Badlands – 4121 18th (Castro/Collingwood)

Club Deluxe – 1511 Haight (Ashbury/Clayton)
Gold Cane – 1569 Haight (Ashbury/Clayton)
Hobson’s Choice – 1601 Haight (Belvedere/Clayton)
Aub Zam Zam – 1633 Haight (Belvedere/Clayton)
Murio’s Trophy Room – 1811 Haight (Shrader/Stanyan)

Hooters – 353 Jefferson (Jones/Leavenworth)
Buena Vista Café – 2765 Hyde (Beach)

Triple Crown continues


    • Space Gallery – 1141 Polk (Sutter/Post) 8pm-midnight – Sugarplum Elves’ Holiday Elftacular & Calendar Release Party!
    • Triple Crown continues til 8pm
    • DNA Lounge (New Wave City) – 375 11th (Folsom/ Harrison ) 9pm-3am (costumed Santa gets in free until 10pm, $7 after 10pm)
    • Retox Lounge (Duckpond’s MIGRATION) – 628 20th Str (3rd St) No cover…goes till 2am.

And here’s a list of participating locales:

November 26

Boulder, CO

December 3

Oxford, MS

December 4

Chicago, IL

Portland, OR

San Francisco, CA

December 11

Austin, TX

Beijing, China

Calgary, AB

Cincinnati, OH

Columbus, OH

Halifax, NS

Houston, TX

Lawrence, KS

Los Angeles, CA

Los Angeles, CA

Nashville, TN

New Haven, CT

New Orleans, LA

New York, NY

Norfolk, VA

Orlando, FL

Ottawa, OT

Paris, France

Pittsburgh, PA

Rochester, NY

Seoul, South Korea

Stockholm, Sweden

Vienna, Austria

Washington DC

December 12


December 17

Fort Collins, CO

Manama, Bahrain

December 18

Adelaide, Australia

Boston, MA

Dallas, TX

Dayton, OH

Denver, CO

Eugene, OR

Fort Collins, CO

Kalamazoo, MI

Kansas City, MO

Niagara Falls, ON

Okinawa, Japan

Phoenix, AZ

Sacramento, CA

St. Paul, MN

St. Petersburg, FL

Savannah, GA

Tokyo, Japan

Yakima, WA