Posts Tagged ‘project’

The Great Restriping of Oak Street Near Masonic is Now Complete – Let’s Hope for Less Congestion

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015


Here’s how she looks with the new striping:

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The leftmost lane allows drivers to turn left or go straight – this seems like a mistake to me, but, then again, lots of things the SFMTA does seem like a mistake.

To me.

Haight Ashbury’s Urban School Has Done All It Could to Keep Motorists from Parking in This Towaway Zone on Oak

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015

That’s the update regarding this sitch on Oak betwixt Masonic and Ashbury.


The big issue was notice, but notice has been achieved.

Three cheers.

Next comes the lane restriping…

Here’s Why the Rich “Urban School” Should Wait Until Monday to Start Towing Cars Off of Oak near Masonic

Friday, August 21st, 2015

Here’s the situation, via Camden Avery of Hoodline.

And here’s how things looked yesterday, with people continuing to park on the north side of Oak between Ashbury and Masonic, right aside the new NO STOPPING ANY TIME towaway signs. At first I thought the whole block was affected, but really it’s only about 75% of the block. This light pole is the demarcation line:

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Boy, I wouldn’t have the stones to park a car right next to these signs. (A ticket and tow from DPT / SFMTA / MUNI / AutoTakeaway AutoReturn will run you something like $700-$1000, depending on how soon you start the process of getting your ride back.)

But also, if I were running the Urban High School (tuition > $40k per year) I would take effort to ensure actual notice to the people who park here. Of course, the new signs give notice, but human nature being what it is, why not do a little more, Urban School?

That would mean, instead of taking action today, waiting a few days and then putting out sawhorses or posts with signs next to Oak Street in the Panhandle, ala the annual Bay to Breakers Community Party and Fun-Run – let’s do that on Sunday night.

And then, after the streetsweepers sweep through as they do almost every Monday morning, you could put a few cones out there, so drivers won’t be able to miss the signage.

So sure, you’ve put notes under windshields, but that doesn’t really cut it. (You gotta assume that the owners of these cars could be ex-cons with addiction issues.)

What’s that Urban School, it’s not you actually towing away cars? Oh yes it is. All this activity from PLANT and SFGov is for your new building, right?

But fine, do what you want, and then your rep in the hood will start approaching that of the SFMTA’s rep, and that’s no place you want to be.

A Backlash Against Cyclists at the Panhandle Improvement Project Open House in Golden Gate Park – Bike Path Vs. Multi-Use Path

Wednesday, August 5th, 2015

[UPDATE: For instance, this, from this AM.]

Well, the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition must have sent over a cadre (of its now disempowered, voteless minions) to the latest scoping session / open house / focus group for the proposed Panhandle Improvement Project what took place on Saturday.

Nevertheless, it would appear that the majority of those invited by SFGov through snail mail have a few beefs with the behavior of cyclists on the bike path / multi-use trail on the Fell side of the Golden Gate Park Panhandle.

Here’s a smattering of written comments:

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Or two:

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In turn, one Brocephus wrote about putting in a bike lane on Oak and Fell, over and over and over:

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I guess that’s a kind of parity.

The people who turned up are probably what SFGov considers The Community, when it ponders on how it spends our money, but, of course, there’s a degree of sample bias.

If SFGov conducted a poll of the actual community, it might discover a different hierarchy of important concerns.

On It Goes…

Opposition to SF’s Plan to Destroy 26 Healthy Hardwoods at Geary & Masonic: “SAVE OUR TREES From DEVELOPERS”

Monday, August 3rd, 2015

Here’s the word on the street, from fliers posted all over:

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Get up to speed on the coming ARBOR-GEDDON here.

I’m not sure about the reference to “DEVELOPERS.” SFGov is fixing on taking out two lanes of parking / rush-hour lanes betwixt Geary and Masonic. It’s not like they’re cutting down these trees to put up a condo building.

Here’s the proposal for after these old trees get cut down – it’s another “street art” project, complete with new, transplanted palm trees. Kind of an L.A. look.

Here’s what it looks like now – not an “urban forest” but this stand does have an actual “canopy,” which, of course, is unusual since forests, by definition, aren’t urban.


I can’t see anything online yet, but the flier says Judgment Day will be on September 2nd, 2015 – 5:00 PM in Room 416 at City Hall.

Surprise! Panhandle “Improvement” Project to Remove Parking Spaces? – Big Focus Group Meeting August 1st

Friday, July 31st, 2015

[UPDATE: The images you can see below are no longer current, apparently. The ones displayed yesterday and purportedly printed Friday, have the parking spaces restored, for whatever reason.]

Here’s the official word:

“We hope you can join us onsite at the Panhandle to discuss safety improvements to the pathways, lighting and signage issues. Please tell your neighbors and friends, we will be onsite to answer questions about the upcoming improvements.

10-12:00 AM”

I’ll tell you, there are some safety elements to this so-called PANHANDLE PEDESTRIAN SAFETY IMPROVEMENT PROJECT, but most of the big decisions have already been made, mostly by politically-connected, nearby millionaire homeowners who are obsessed, just obsessed with property values and the aesthetic “identity” of where they live, so your input will certainly be noted, but You, The People are not in the driver’s seat. Your primary role is to pay for most (or just some?) of the changes and, later on, to cheer for our wealthy white wizened Panhandle Overseers.


Is widening the Panhandle bike path on the agenda? NOPE. Over the years, i t’s gone from four foot lanes to the current six. What’s wrong with 8 foot wide lanes? (Hilariously, the stencils depicted barely even fit onto the lane.)

How about a speed limit for the Panhandle Bike Path, particularly heading downhill to the east?

How about signs telling people the speed limit?

How about taking down the existing signs that hamper peds’ sightlines of the bike path? (Oh, RPD just put them in and they don’t care? OK fine.) For ex, the new sign near Fell and Ashbury…

So what’s this, you realtors can’t get a giant metal fence (srsly – the mock-up looked hilarious) around the McKinley statue, so the next best thing is lighting it up, the better to chase away hippies? C’mon, be honest!

 OTOH, moving the pedestrian path on the Oak side away from Oak near Shrader sounds like a great idea.

Speaking of which, who let the Oak Street path devolve into such a state of disrepair that people walking/jogging on it fall down on a daily basis? Oh, the same people pushing for this new project? Oh, that’s good to know!

OK, here it is – click to expand.

Stanyan to Cole:

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Cole to Ashbury. Hey, look at Ashbury at Fell and at Oak – bye bye parking spaces, right? One looks like a crosswalk to nowhere and the other is a painted bulb-out. That’s four spaces right there, right? How many spaces total are in jeopardy?

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Ashbury to Central

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Central to Baker:

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Once I saw two people tumble over this deceptive-looking crack within five minutes of each other.

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Faller-downers tend to be women, women with small feet who brush themselves off and end up jogging or walking away after a minute or two of recovery and assessment.

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People know that cracks are here, but they tumble anyway. IMO, this state of disrepair is shameful, but that’s just me.

Anyway, have at it, Gentle Reader, swim around in the large 2500-pixel-wide jpgs if you want.

All the deets, after the jump.


Frisco’s Shortest Railroad: This Huge, Century-Old House on Oak Street is Rolling Today – “A Little to the Left” – Photos

Monday, July 20th, 2015

Get up-to-speed on the massive Urban School Oak Street expansion here and also from Camden Avery at the Hoodline

This has been the scene in the Upper Haight / SoPA (South of Panhandle Area – srsly, some people actually use this term) lately:


And here’s how things looked yesterday – we’re all set to go:

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See that, the entire crib has been mounted on rails. The entire house is going to start moving today, Monday, July 20th, 2015 at 8:00 AM, or at least that was the plan at the close of bidness a few days ago.

Here’s your detail:

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All right, bon courage L’ecole Urbaine!

Here It Is: The Urban School’s Huge Pixar UP House, Completely Surrounded by Earth Movers – Soon to be Moved

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015

Where they’ll move it to – no one can say:

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It won’t be long now…

1637 Oak Street Now Looks Like Carl Fredricksen’s House from Pixar’s Up Movie – The Urban School’s “Oak Street Project”

Thursday, June 25th, 2015

Here’s real estate holdout Edith Macefield’s house from up north.

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And here’s Carl Fredricksen’s house in the east bay as seen from a scene in Up

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And this is 1637 Oak as it looks right now – The Urban School’s Oak Street Project worksite complete surrounds the place now:

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It was built in 1904 – this is no way to celebrate your eleventy-first birthday, I’ll tell you. All the deets:

1637 Oak St has 1 bath and approximately 2,850 square feet.

(Well, that’s what they call obsolete in the real estate biz.)

Anyway, this house is empty now, and they’re fixing to move it someplace, I don’t know where, this summer.

Then this parcel will look like this, sort of:

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(I’d add about ten times as many cars to this depiction, but that’s just me.)

IDK how they’ll move it – I suggest balloons:

Get all the deets about all the hullabaloo from the Urbanists themselves right here:

“Over the past two years, Urban and St. Agnes have shared our plans with local community groups and our neighbors. We are committed to keeping our community informed throughout the approval process and are available to answer your questions. We invite you to contact us at any time via phone (415 626 2919) or email

BluesNotes for Neighbors

May 2015

December 2014

July 2014

Oak Street Project In the News

Hoodline Blog

Haight Ashbury Voice

Sean Sullivan Blog

Uppercasing Blog

Curbed San Francisco

Germinator 2: Judgment Day – Interim Mayor Ed Lee Wants to Kill All These Street Trees on Masonic – Public Protests April 27th

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

At first the notices were white.

The Public protested the white notices, so now the follow-up notices are here. They’re yellow:

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One assumes that tree lovers will show up at this DPW meeting on April 27th and DPW will (sort of) listen to them for two minutes each and then most of the hundreds of sidewalk trees on this 3000-foot stretch of Masonic Avenue will get chipped later on this year.

One assumes.