Posts Tagged ‘racks’

Grafittied Ped-Mount Newspaper Racks: Willie Brown’s Real Legacy

Wednesday, January 1st, 2014

Hey, did our representatives just name a bridge span after Willie Brown?

It’s hard to tell, as there aren’t any signs anywhere with his name on it posted on or around the bridge AFAIK.

So what’s stopping pols from changing the name of the span to honor somebody more deserving, you know, after Willie Brown, you know, moves on and therefore can’t get revenge on whomever?

Anyway, here’s his real legacy – it’s a tax / fee on the media that he put through because WIllie Brown didn’t like what some in the media were saying about him back in the 1990′s.

This is in the Western A, two blocks from the megachurch that’s been associated with WB for more than a half-decade AND two blocks from the former church of “Friend of Willie” Jim Jones:

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Willie Brown wasn’t born evil. Simply, he learned the wrong things from the wrong people after he came to California.

Oh well.

Cyclists Favor Illegal Bike Racks at the de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park – Legal Racks Unused Sometimes

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

To wit:

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Now I’ll tell you, I tried to park my ride on those sticks in the background but got told that that area needs to be kept clear due to fire regulations or whatnot.

The artistic spiral you see in the foreground is what you’re supposed to use. But as you can see, sometimes people don’t use it at all.

Oh well.

Expensive, Useless Bicycle Barometer is Broken Again? And Yet, the SFMTA Sees Fit to Have No Bike Parking Near the 1355 Market Building

Thursday, July 25th, 2013

Oh what’s that, SFMTA? You just do transit and barometers and there’s no money to put in a few metal bike racks in front of the Twitter Building, where a purported “6000″ Twitterers labor each and every day?

So people visiting 1355 Market can just lock up to a damn tree, thusly? 

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Oh, I know. Why not instead of a bicycle barometer, we could have a San Francisco Bicycle Coalition membership number barometer?

Hey, would it show a decline in membership lately?

Why would that be?

So, Bike Racks Should Have the Name of the Neighborhood Where They’re Installed Stamped on Them?

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

Is this a thing now?

Doesn’t this kind of deal cost a lot of money?

Oh, it doesn’t matter because you tax the bidnesses in the area to pay for your salary and you like playing around with aesthetics using Other People’s Money?

Thusly:

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Speaking of which, that horrible SPUR organization loves this stupid idea?

Well, that seals it.

Shouldn’t we have more bike racks sooner rather than fewer expensive bike racks later?

Are These Newly-Installed Bike Racks in the Golden Gate Park Panhandle Worth $4000? Nope, But That’s What You Paid

Thursday, December 27th, 2012

Do area real estate interests demand “distinctive” bike racks for the “dramatically” (soon-to-be) “transformed” and “world-class” Golden Gate Park Panhandle?

Yes.

Yes they do.

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BTW, how much did you all spend to truck that small public bathroom (in the background there) all the way to SF (from Kentucky!)and then have it installed betwixt Fell and Oak?

You don’t want to know.

The Headless Celtic Parking Meters of San Francisco’s Civic Center: Use Them For Religious Purposes or For Bicycle Parking

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

I like these repurposed parking meters – they ought to be religious icons (if they aren’t already, somewhere in the world.)

Anyway, these crossarmless Celtic Crosses are bike racks now taking the place of parking meters.

See?

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Hurray!

Out With the Old and In With the New: A Mess of New Bike Racks Installed in Front of Out Flagship Nordstrom Mall

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

See?

Angle Grinder Man had just taken out the old, poorly-designed snake-like rack. [Cue Finest Worksong.] The bunch of new light-silvery racks you can see should be in place by now.

I dare you to park your bike here betwixt Union Square and San Francisco Centre overnight. Without proper theft hardening, and very possibly even with, the little monsters will have taken the bulk of it by sun-up. Truth.

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If you think this sitch of not having enough bike racks around town is all Crazy Rob Anderson’s fault, well, we’ll have to disagree.

The time to rise has been engaged
You’re better best to rearrange
I’m talking here to me alone
I listen to the finest worksong
Your finest hour
Your finest hour

The Smooth & Striated by Hector Zamora

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

Has Steve Rhodes been nominated for a MacArthur Genius Award yet? Cause it would be a shame if he ever had to take a gig that would interfere with him recording turn-of-the-millennium San Francisco for posterity and I think winners get $100k per year for a half-decade. And that’s enough to get by on in the 415 these days, right?

Anyway:

“He is going to change the configuration of the aluminum drying racks each week through March 26 waltermcbean.com

Which do you prefer, the smooth or the striated? Discuss.

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The Best Use for Those Green “Street Furniture” News Racks – Repurposed as Bike Racks

Friday, August 13th, 2010

Part of the reason that these green news racks replaced the regular racks we used to have was that a former Mayor of San Francisco didn’t like what was said about him in the media. And another part of it had to do with, and there’s a lot of this in town, people making six figures a year imposing their aesthetics, their values, on the much larger class of people making five figures a year.

Get all the deets on this failed San Francisco policy here. And see what Berkeley’s up to right here.

Anyway, at least you can use them for something, at least they have some use. All those handles look as if they were made for U locks:

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Look forward to the removal of most of these mostly-empty green monsters within five years…

Ridiculous, Mostly Unused San Francisco PedMount News Racks Repurposed as Bike Racks

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009

Remember what newpaper racks used to look like? Sure you do, because they’re all over the less-populated parts of town. But the Great PedMount Invasion of the Aughts this past decade is firmly entrenched on Market Street near Union Square, and the Castro, and other places.

San Francisco’s ridiculous News Rack Ordinance mandates these glorious pieces of “Street Furniture.” Does this program cause problems for the Bay Times newspaper and other free publications? Yes. Should we double the cost the producers of the publications have to pay again? Why not? Would San Francisco’s Quimby-esque mayors, past and present, such as Willie Brown, have numerous motives to support this kind of scheme? Oh yes. 

Oh well.

(Did publishers at the time band together to fight? Sort of.)

So, this photo on the Boing Boing was kind of misleading, of course, but what’s the point of having 20+ completely empty news boxes mounted on six pedestals in front of the Abercrombie at Fifth and Market?

How about using them as bike racks when others aren’t available and you are tasked to buy 100ml of Fierce cologne for $70(!) after work? (Girlfriend, Abercrombie cologne costing $3000/gallon is just about the last thing he wants from you this Christmas, just saying.) The green metal handles are perfect for even the heartiest of U-locks. See?

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Dead and wounded on either side/
You know it’s only a matter of time:

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Who can afford to pay the fees? Spammers, mostly.

A tombstone, of sorts. Here lies AsianWeek. Here lies Where Magazine

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If your vocabulary includes terms like “streetscape” and “street furniture,” and you don’t like the media and/or you don’t like what the media says about you, you ought to consider starting a News Rack Ordinance in your town. Why not? Feel free to call the resulting Fail Whale a “huge improvement.”