Posts Tagged ‘presidio’

Horizontal Veil: Wedding Photos on a Very Windy Day Near the Golden Gate Bridge in the Presidio

Monday, February 10th, 2014

This photo has it all – red, blue, yellow, green, black, and white:

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I forget where the real wedding photographer was. I’ll bet he hit all the stops in Golden Gate Park – everybody goes to the same places, year after year…

Presidio Tableau: San Francisco’s Only Large Cemetery Plus the New Tunnel to the Golden Gate Bridge

Monday, November 25th, 2013

A “cut and cover” tunnel they call it:

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Of All the Secluded Places to Sunbathe in the Secluded Presidio, the End of World-Famous Lombard Street isn’t One

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

The recent view from the busiest intersection of the Park, on a dreaded sunny day:

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(Of course, actual swimming anywhere near the beaches of the Presidio is def. NOT RECOMMENDED.)

Our Presidio Trust Invites You to Consider the Future of the Former Commissary at Crissy Field – Today Thru Wed – July 29-31

Monday, July 29th, 2013

All the deets:

“The Presidio Trust invites the public to consider the future of the former Commissary at Crissy Field, which is currently occupied by Sports Basement.  The Trust’s longstanding objective has been to create a cultural institution of distinction at this magnificent waterfront location. Now that the area is being transformed by the new approach to the Golden Gate Bridge (a project known as the Presidio Parkway), the time is right to plan for the future of this area.

The Process

In November 2012 the Presidio Trust issued a Request for Concept Proposals (RFCP). Sixteen responses were submitted. After considering public comment and engaging with a number of the teams directly, the Trust invited three teams to continue in the process via a Request for Proposals (RFP) that was issued in May 2013. Final proposals are due September 16, 2013. The teams are: 

  • The Bridge/Sustainability Institute – proposed by the Chora Group and WRNS
  • Lucas Cultural Arts Museum – proposed by George Lucas
  • Presidio Exchange – proposed by the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy

Join us at Informational Open Houses July 29 – 31

Drop in, meet the project teams, and engage in one-on-one discussion about this remarkable opportunity. The Open Houses will be held at the Observation Post (211 Lincoln Boulevard, near the Post Office on the Main Post). Three sessions will be offered on each day: 8:30am to 10am; 11:30am to 1pm; and 6:30pm to 8pm.

The schedule is as follows: 

  • Monday, July 29 - Lucas Cultural Arts Museum
  • Tuesday, July 30 - Bridge/Sustainability Center
  • Wednesday, July 31 - Presidio Exchange

If you have any questions, please email the Presidio Trust at commissary@presidiotrust.gov.

Timeline: 

  • November 2012: The Presidio Trust initiates a Request for Concept Proposals (RFCP) process to explore programmatic possibilities for the former Commissary.
  • April 2013: The public comments on the initial ideas are received at a public meeting of the Presidio Trust Board of Directors.
  • May 10, 2013: The Presidio Trust issues a request for more detailed proposals (view theRequest for Proposals) to three of the teams.
  • June 17, 2013: The three teams present their ideas at a public meeting. View transcript >> 
  • July 29-31, 2013: Informational Open Houses to be held.
  • September 16, 2013: Proposals are due.

Groove on Trippy Presidio Terrace, As Seen by Google Maps

Friday, July 19th, 2013

Google is now careful about revealing too much about tony Presidio Terrace, as it’s a private street.

Google didn’t know that back in 2007.

Check here and here.

Good times:

It might look like a public street but it’s not, so the people that live on this small loop just north of Clement are free to hire a guard to keep out whomever they want. And not too long ago, the houses here all had restrictive covenants that prevented people of the “non Caucasian race” from buying or leasing on this street. An ad from the latter part of 1906:There is only one spot in San Francisco where only Caucasians are permitted to buy or lease real estate or where they may reside. That place is Presidio Terrace.”

But now Google does know, so no Street Maps for you – it’s terra incogniter. See?

It looks like Instagram or something.

Anyway, the data from the Google Maps Car visit of 2006 is gone.

Long gone.

And the residents like things that way, I suppose.

This Map Shows the Results of the “Mid-Market Renaissance” – “Crime Reports as Block Height in San Francisco”

Thursday, July 11th, 2013

Via Bluoz, and from right here, a reported crime map of San Francisco.

Crime Reports as Block Height in San Francisco:

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You can see the flat spots on the left there – Golden Gate Park and The Presidio.

Of course the high-rise blocks are features of Randy Shaw‘s corrupt Twitterloin, aka the Mid-Market area, aka NeMa (“New Market”), aka The Tenderloin, aka The Yammerloin, aka The “Uptown” Tenderloin, aka Skid Row, aka Sixth Street, aka Lower Nob Hill, aka “Downtown.”

The Grey Whales of San Francisco’s Baker Beach – Another Great Capture from Nature’s Lantern

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

I haven’t seen a whale from San Francisco lately.

But David Cruz has:

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A Brief History of Foxes in Golden Gate Park – Looks Like They’re Not Around Anymore

Monday, April 1st, 2013

Here are some recent reports of fox encounters in San Francisco:

2010 at Strybing Arboretum in Golden Gate Park

Another one in GGP

2010 in the Parkside near the Zoo

2009 in GGP

2009 at Strybing Arboretum in GGP

2009 near (or in) Daly City 

2001 in the Presidio

It was a lot easier to spot foxes back in the Aughts, back in the first decade of the 2000′s. But then poison got a few of them (and one got hit by a car on Crossover Drive, I think).

And native gray foxes are probably up there in the Presidio still, but I can’t point you to photos to show that. Oh well.

Here’s a report from Joyce W., who saw a Fantastic Mr. (or Mrs. Fox) back in 2009:

“It was about 4:00 pm and the fox was within 15 feet of JFK BLVD at the far West end.
It was intently watching a gopher hole on a wide open patch of mowed lawn.
Two cars stopped and watched in silence which didn’t seem to bother the fox.
It wasn’t until a jogger came by that the creature dashed into the woods.
I am 90% sure it was a Red Fox and not our local Grey Fox.  Very striking colour combination with the red, black and white.
How did these creatures end up in the park? Amazing.

I regret that my cell phone was tucked away.  I was mesmerized by the vision before my eyes and didn’t want to divert my gaze for a second.
I watched it be absolutely still for at least three minutes.”

Here are some of the red foxes I’ve photographed in GGP over the years:

The last fox I photographed in Golden Gate Park. A wispy blur:

From about 175 feet away in Strybing Arboretum. She’ll see you before you see her:

A kit (or pup or cub) with its mom:

Keep a look out.

Photo: California Quail of Golden Gate Park Out on a Date

Friday, March 29th, 2013

Hello!

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Presidio Update: Say Good-Bye to the Sports Basement and Hello to a New Use for the Old Commissary Building

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

Ooh, it’s a beauty contest to see what’s going to replace the Sports Basement near Crissy Field.

I’ll tell you, the proposal from George Lucas stands out, does it not?

Check it:

He’s all, “There is a world of young people who need to be inspired” ‘n stuff.

Consider him a front-runner.

All the deets and info from the 16 contestants:

“CONCEPTS ABOUND FOR RE-USE OF PRESIDIO’S FORMER COMMISSARY BUILDING - WIDE RANGE OF PROPOSALS TO BE CONSIDERED

Presidio of San Francisco (March 5, 2013) – The Presidio Trust announced today that it has received 16 concept proposals for repurposing a stunning site on Crissy Field in the Presidio of San Francisco, a national park site and national historic landmark district just south of the Golden Gate Bridge.

“We are encouraged with the number and quality of responses and look forward to engaging the public and evaluating concepts over the coming months,” said Craig Middleton, the Trust’s executive director. “Finding a new purpose for this incomparable site clearly has stirred the imaginations of teams from around the country.”

The 16 concepts are: