Posts Tagged ‘Powell’

The Guts of a Market Street Public Toilet – Lots of Electronics – You’ll be Amazed

Tuesday, September 20th, 2016

Tres complicated!

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Our SFMTA’s “Management” of the Intersection of Geary and Powell in Union Square Over Black Friday Weekend was Dreadful

Thursday, December 3rd, 2015

This was Geary and Powell over the weekend – a whole bunch of nothing was going on as traffic on Geary was backed up as far as the eye could see. It looked like the staging area for our annual Chinese New Year parade. Why?

Well, somebody decided to shut down Audi Avenue to Lyft, Uber and everybody else ‘cepting for the Travis Bickells of the SFMTA. Why?

IDK why. Our SFMTA really really really hates what Uber and Lyft have done to revenues at … our SFMTA so it wants to spend more money while doing less.

But look at this mess – southbound Powell is now a mandatory right turn at Geary, except for cabbies. So you had countless SFMTA employees operating the mostly closed Audi Avenue, cycle after cycle. This dude here would try to signal the tech operating the big green box you can see on the right side of this shot:

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After all the peds crossed Geary and drivers entered Geary, you’d get a half minute of nothing going on, with nobody using the green on Powell. The upshot is that Geary backed backed up, Is this how the SFMTA imagined things? I mean, you have the big green box open to control the intersection but you can’t control the intersection? Or it takes 30 seconds to change the light? Trained monkeys would have done a better job…

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Here’s your now “activated” Powell Street, with a whole bunch of nothing going on – this encourages jaywalking of course.

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But look out, here come the taxis

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But not the Ubers and not the Lyfts.

Would the SFMTA ban the Uber and the Lyft if it could?

Oh yes, in a heartbeat. But of course it can’t do that, so instead it’ll just keep limiting turns and limiting access for Lyfts and Ubers until those drivers come begging the SFMTA for an A-Card, which guess what – they’re now having a sale! They’re waiving the $255 fee these days. So it’s SFMTA carrot and stick time, big-time.

On It Goes…

NEWS TO ME: Our SFMTA is Going to Shut Down Powell Street to Cars South of Geary Next Year? – War Against Uber Lyft

Wednesday, October 7th, 2015

Hey, you know how pissed off our slow, inefficient, politics-addled, ideologically-driven SFMTA is at Uber and Lyft and all the rest? EXTREMELY! So our SFMTA is doing all it can to reign in and profit from the Uber Lyft. But until our SFMTA can rope those cash cows, it’s going to fence off parts of Frisco to Uber Lyft as much as possible. Our SFMTA is going to do whatever it can to Fuck With Uber until Uber Pays The Man. I’m srsly.

And our SFMTA will do it in the Name Of Safety, as always.

Anyway, here are all the deets on the changes (you can’t really call them improvements until they’re done and then you can see if they’re actually improvements, right?) coming to the PoBeGa, Powell Below Geary.

(Speaking of which, I call the lower end of Powell “Audi Avenue” because, well, it’s Audi Avenue.)

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Powell St Safety and Sidewalk Improvement Pilot

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Join us at an open house to learn about safety and sidewalk improvements proposed for Powell Street!

The Powell Street Safety and Sidewalk Improvement Pilot will test the effectiveness of vehicle restrictions on transit delay, traffic volumes, loading patterns, and cable wear and tear. It would prohibit all vehicles except Muni, taxis, and commercial vehicles from driving on Powell Street between Ellis and Geary Streets. Stop by to learn more!

Thursday, October 8th, 2015 from 12:30 – 2 PM
The Handlery Hotel (351 Geary Street)

This open house is being hosted by the Union Square BID.

For more information about the pilot visit the project webpage.”

Sign at Powell Street Cable Car Turnaround is Truthful But Unhelpful – A “Two Minute Walk” to a Less-Crowded Stop

Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

I suppose somebody is selling something here?

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Well, sure, the stop is less crowded, but at that point, the cable car itself is super crowded, right? And how many people are going to get off to make room for you, Gentle Reader? About zero, right?

I cry foul.

And the next stop up the hill?

The stop at Powell & Post Street, at Union Square, is known locally as “Fantasy Island,” due to the unlikelihood of being able to board a cable car at that point and the persistence of visitors in believing otherwise.”

Hey, is this sign legal, per SFGOV / SFMTA / SFDPW? IDK.

The Owner of This Building Might Become a Bit Conflicted When the Giants Host the Pirates at the End of July

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

As seen in Union Square:

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Bottle Service, Frisco Style – Or Maybe This is a Commercial Shoot for Mumm Napa Cuvee M – At 5th and Market

Friday, April 5th, 2013

Saturday morning on Market Street betwixt the Powell Street Cable Car turnaround and the San Francisco Centre Nordstrom mall:

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More Cowbelle: OMG, the San Francisco Bulls Cow Belles “Ice Girls Squad” is Adore-A-Bull – Union Square Skating

Monday, December 10th, 2012

Hurry on down to Union Square before the holiday ice skating rink leaves us on January 21, 2013.

This was the scene on December 6th: Drag Queens On Ice 2012: Bigger, Better and Bawdier!

Simply everybody was there to cheer on the queens, including members of the San Francisco Bulls hockey team and the concomitant Cow Belles:

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Today’s ‘Xam has an ad for a singles night – maybe they’ll have another one of those soon.

All right, see you there, in the square!

OMG, the Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square is Opening! 2012 Season to Feature Lion King Performance, Giants Night

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

As they say, grab your scarf:

WHEN:              Wednesday, November 7, 2012  at 9:30 a.m.

WHERE:           Union Square, San Francisco

MORE:              Grab your scarf and mittens and make your way down to the ice rink to view several talented ice skaters from “The San Francisco Tremors Ensemble” from the Yerba Buena Ice Skating Center performing to Disney’s THE LION KING’s “Circle of Life” sung by Buyi Zama who portrays “Rafiki.”

Via Darren Kumasawa

Ever more deets, including info on GIANTS PRIDE NIGHT:

“Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square presented by Alaska Airlines – Announces Giants’ PRIDE Night – Fans Across the Bay Area Are Invited to Come Out in Their Best San Francisco Giants Outfit

SAN FRANCISCO (November 5, 2012) – Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square presented by Alaska Airlines will join the legion of proud Bay Area fans in celebrating the San Francisco Giants’ World Series sweep with Giants’ Pride Night on Thursday, November 8 from 6 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. The ice will be lit up in orange and fans are encouraged to come out in their favorite San Francisco Giants’ outfit for a fun night of celebration. The first 100 fans to arrive at the rink wearing Giants apparel will receive a complimentary skate admission for their guest that evening. General admission tickets are $10 and tickets for children eight years old and under are $6. Skate rentals are an additional $5. KMEL and KYLD will be at the ice rink between 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. that evening handing out custom Giants Champs placards.

Hours:
The ice rink opens November 7 through to January 21, and will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m., with the exception of December 31, 2012 when it will close at 9:30 p.m.

Ticket prices:
General admission tickets are $10 and tickets for children eight years old and under are $6. Figure and hockey skate rentals are $5. Advance tickets go on sale Monday, October 15, 2012 at www.unionsquareicerink.com. Starting Wednesday, November 7, 2012 tickets will be available at the ice rink ticket window in Union Square. Group rates and private parties are also available.

Sponsors:
Safeway, Alaska Airlines, Kaiser Permanente, Macy*s, Marmot Mountain, Ghirardelli Chocolate Company, Square, American Conservatory Theater, Union Square Business Improvement District, The Westin St. Francis San Francisco, JW Marriott, Chancellor Hotel, Galleria Park Hotel, Grand Hyatt Union Square, John’s Grill, SFMTA, Emporio Rulli Caffé, Disney’s THE LION KING, UNIQLO, San Francisco Examiner, NBC BAY AREA, Telemundo, KSTS-TV 48, STAR 101.3, 98.1 KISS FM, 106.1 KMEL, KOSF 103.7, WiLD 94.9 and KGO 810

About the Safeway Holiday Ice Rink
Since 2007, the Safeway Holiday Ice Rink has delighted children and adults with a holiday-themed ice park located in San Francisco’s Union Square. Ticket prices are $10 for general admission and $6 for children eight years old and under. Figure and hockey skate rentals are $5. Ice rink hours are from 10 a.m. – 11:30 p.m. daily. A portion of ticket proceeds benefit Boys and Girls Clubs of San Francisco and the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department. For tickets or more information, please visit www.unionsquareicerink.com or call 415-781-2688.

  • Robert Keith, Ice Rink General Manager at Willy Bietak Productions
  • Karin Flood, Executive Director at Union Square Business Improvement District
  • Keith Turner, Director of Public and Government Affairs at Safeway Inc., Northern California Division 
  • Steven Carhart, Veteran representative from Safeway Inc.
  • Randy Wittorp, Public Affairs Area Director at Kaiser Permanente

 

 

Good News: We’ve Found Your Stolen Bicycle on Market Street! But, Uh Oh

Monday, August 27th, 2012

Bad News: It’s all in pieces in a shopping cart driven by a man with all sorts of tools at hand.

See?

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That’s how it goes on the Mean Streets of San Francisco, the innovation capital of the world, or something.

And the Big New Tenant at the “Flagship” 800 Market Building Right Next to the Union Square Apple Store is … GameStop?

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

Get all the deets below.

Do people still buy video games in a box and then go home and shove a rotating disc into their PCs? Really? News to me.

Anyway, here’s the new sign:

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You’d think a big retailer could just slot right in there and make money what with all the foot traffic at Fourth and Market, but I guess the particularities of doing business in the 415 make 800 Market a garden of bones.

Anyway:

GameStop Relocating to 800 Market Street in San Francisco, Joins Diesel as Co-Tenant

July 11, 2012 –Michael Seigel and Sharon Carmichael with Terranomics Retail Services represented tenant GameStop, Inc. in the lease of 4,630 square feet of inline retail space on the ground floor of 800 Market Street in San Francisco. GameStop, the world’s largest multichannel video game retailer with a network that includes 6,614 stores worldwide, is relocating its Powell Street store, with plans to take occupancy at its new San Francisco flagship location on Market Street in September. The gaming company will join Diesel as a co-tenant in the mixed-use building, known as the California Savings Building, composed of office over street-level retail and owned by INVESCO Real Estate. GameStop’s new space is positioned two blocks from Union Square and the Moscone Center. GameStop currently has three other locations in San Francisco.”