Posts Tagged ‘richmond’

Cat, Grow, and Halfway: Know Your Sunset and Richmond District Houses – Fogbelt Paradise

Friday, January 30th, 2015

Most of San Francisco’s murders take place in the giant “S” that snakes from the Twitterloin through SoMA, through Hayes Valley, through La Mision, and then on down to Bayview / Hunters Point and Visi Valley.

Year after year.

But occasionally we get murders out in San Francisco County, in the Avenues, the suburbs. And those tend to be associated with your cat houses, your grow houses, and your halfway houses.

Most of the time, except for a few dreaded sunny days, these houses operate in the shadows, in the enveloping fog, quietly chugging out money for a select few.

Chugga chugga chugga chugga chugga chugga:

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It’s a kind of paradise, I suppose, for a select few.

(Somebody ought to Kickstart a 40-minute film called Sunset Vice, as if it were one episode of a police procedural shown on network TV…)

8000 Cal, 94121: What the End of California Street Looks Like at the Lincoln Park Steps – Big Art

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

The Richmond District Blog has the deets.

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I gotta say, I approve of quiet groups who actually do things. You know, LESS YAMMER, MORE HAMMER

Well, Here It Is, The Richmond District’s New Academy: The SF Baseball Academy – Inside of the Old Bridge Theatre

Thursday, January 8th, 2015

Here it is, this mothership is fully operational – the open house was last month.

The marquee, oddly, used to sing the praises of Supervisor Mark Farrell, until recently:

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Read all about it from this bit in the San Francisco Chronicle. Noteworthy:

“He hit a bit of a rough patch while in college. On a visit home for the holidays in 2007, he got embroiled in the infamous “Baker’s Dozen” incident, in which a group of visiting Yale students got into a fight with some hometown boys at a New Year’s party. Though he was a latecomer to the fisticuffs, Aicardi was named in a civil suit seeking damages, along with his brother Richard. In the end, no charges were filed against him and the matter was settled privately...”

In other words, settled privately for big bucks. I’ll just add that the straight-shooting Matier and Ross team had a different take on the “I’m 20 deep and my boys are coming” incident, where jelly and beer were mixed in a quite unappealing fashion. If somebody wanted to say, well, I’ve made a public apology and I’m struggling to move on, ala Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi, well, it’s never too late to do something like that, whether you claim you’re barred from doing so or not. Moving on…

I used to turn the lights on at an old Landmark theatre and the all the fuse panels looked a little like this – I’ll tell you, the monthly electricity bill was through the roof, it was a major expense. I’m sure it was similar at the Bridge. Like, even if somebody gave the building to you for free, would it be worth the time and money to operate it as a theatre? I don’t think it was.

So maybe this academy will make money or maybe it’s more a labor of love. We’ll see.

Fulton Street Tableau: Aggressive Pedestrian, Helpful Driver – A “Freeway Revolt” Pushes The Richmond Farther Away

Monday, January 5th, 2015

Man, you won’t catch me crossing Fulton just hoping that drivers will see me and stop. Oh no.

But this woman took the plunge. See the driver signalling to others? That’s what it takes sometimes:

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I don’t know, we had The Freeway Revolt so now we have streets like Fulton acting as substitute freeways.

The SFMTA spends its money inefficiently, so it says it can only afford to install something like five traffic lights per year. (Oh, it’s so hard, it’s so hard to do, they say. No it’s not, but anyway…)

So, we don’t want freeways and we won’t tolerate any transportation-related deaths (or we won’t tolerate any transportation-related deaths starting in 2024). This doesn’t add up.

So, slow down Fulton if you want, but what that does is push the Outer Richmond farther and farther away from San Francisco…

Ghost Car, Arguello – Classic First-Generation Malibu – Rolling In My Six-Four

Monday, December 22nd, 2014

[UPDATE: Reference to the hundrum Richmond District omitted. And somehow, I accidentally changed my Canon’s Mode switch to Manual, which I didn’t think was possible, you know, due to the safety. With my 1D, this would be impossible, but with a 5D, it’s possible, obvs to me now. Anyway, this photo was way overexposed. It was all … foggy.]

Or is it a ’65? I can’t tell.

Nevertheless, this ride was an arresting sight, creepin’ down Geary turning towards Arguello in the Richmond District:

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All this guy needs is 16 switches, and hollow-points for the snitches.

And maybe some D’s.

Play us out, Dr. Dre.

[Female voice w/ Jamaican patois:]
Eeeh, whappn no baby
You look good ina ya car eh
Longtime mi watch ya mi wha chat to ya
And ya a gwaan like ya nuh wha chat to me
So whappn Dre tell em whe di eff a gwaan nuh

Here’s Why the SFPD’s “Focus On The Five” Traffic Enforcement Goal is At Least 40% Wrong

Friday, December 19th, 2014

Here’s your set-up, from The StreetsBlog:

“…only one of the 10 police stations is actually meeting its goal of issuing at least 50 percent of traffic citations for the five most common violations that cause pedestrian injuries.”

But, IRL the the five most common violations that cause pedestrian injuries actually  include:

CVC 21456 – Walk, Wait, or Don’t Walk 

CVC 21954 – Pedestrians Outside Crosswalk / CVC 21955 – Crossing Between Controlled Intersections*

Under the CVC, jaywalkers can either be in a crosswalk (or close enough – if you’re one or two feet away, that might be close enough to be considered “in the crosswalk”) (and, of course, these can be marked or unmarked crosswalks) but doing something wrong (like starting too early or too late or going too fast (running) or too slow (just standing in the crosswalk, for ex.) OR crossing in the middle of a block.

If you look at the math, there’s no way that these violations can be out of the top five.

That’s just one reason why there’s not even a prayer of a chance that SFGov’s “Vision Zero” 2024 can “succeed.” (Oh what’s that, Sweden experimented with VisionZero and it succeeded? Well, not really. Oh what’s that, it was good to try anyway, even though they didn’t get to actual absolute zero, they had a big reduction in injuries? Well, France, among others, didn’t implement Vision Zero and yet it had greater success over a similar time period, right? Oh what’s that, Vision Zero is just a “framing” phrase, a meaningless platitude that pours old wine into new bottles? Well, finally we agree.)

Of course you’re never going to beat drivers Failing To Yield for the number of pedestrian deaths in San Francisco County. But do you think lying about things like Focus in The Five helps your cause?

And are there reasons why it’s far easier to comply with the demands of non-profit pressure groups in the Richmond District as opposed to other districts of San Francisco? Yes there are. Take the same Captain and put him/her in another district and then watch your compliance numbers fall. Why’s that? Do you suppose that the SFPD has a mission, has a job not 100% congruent with “urbanists” straight outta Park Slope and pricey prep schools like Punahou?

Something to think about.

*These are twins, basically. 

Better Know Your Middle Richmond District: The All-Brick “First Slavic Baptist Church” at 1300 Balboa Near Park Presidio

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

Oh, so that’s what that is:

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A not very Richmond District-looking building…

Remarkable New “KOBE BBQ” Restaurant is The Talk of the Richmond District – Turning Heads at 4112 Geary

Monday, November 10th, 2014

Let’s check YouTube:

“‘Kobe beef’ painted on the wall. Bar-B-que.”

See? It’s stupefying.

And The Yelp is hilarious.

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IMO, the LED “OPEN” sign hanging from the fire alarm is the piece de resistance, pardon my French.

“Let me paint a picture for you.  Kobe BBQ is a one-story half of a building, painted entirely black.  No windows.  The words “Kobe BBQ” are painted in big red letters on the top half of the building with a big red arrow pointing down to the door.  At night, the entrance is lit up with bright lights and there is a lighted “Open” sign next to the entrance on top of a sample menu.”

Ikoo, ikoo, everybody let’s go…

Good News, Everybody! That “$3 Million Farmhouse” at 10th and Balboa Sold for LESS Than Asking Price in 2014

Friday, September 5th, 2014

Oh, wait a sec, maybe that’s BAD news – it depends on who you are.

Anyway, here’s proof that it’s possible to buy a place in Frisco for less than asking price in the Year Of Our Lord 2014:

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One of the asking prices was the “lucky” number of $2,888,888.88, IIRC.

Fin.

Word on the Street, Outer Avenues Edition: “LEAVE MY CITY, HIPSTER SCUM!” – Pretty Harsh for the Middle Richmond

Friday, September 5th, 2014

It would take me a long time to find this billboard again, as I rely on street signs to tell me which Avenue I’m on* after I’ve crossed the city limits and entered SF County. (Anyway, it’s near this place – but is it the Inner Richmond or the Middle Richmond? I just can’t tell.)

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I sense a little friction.

“I beg of you, Monsieur, watch yourself.  Be on guard.  This place is full of hipsters, hipsters everywhere, everywhere.” –The Dark European

*I suppose there are people out there that you could blindfold and then release at some random place in the Richmond District and then they’d know their exact location based upon sounds, wind patterns, smells, etc. You know, ppl with Local Knowledge. I’m not one of those people (even though I was very close to being redistricted into District One a few years back, oh well).