Posts Tagged ‘sewer’

Endgame: The Great Pit of California Street Has Now Been Filled Up, Hurray

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

I don’t know about manhole covers and I don’t know why it took four months to do something that should have taken one day.

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Anyway, I think this issue has been resolved…

The Great Hole of California Streets Demonstrates How a Place Like Mexico City is More “Innovative” Than San Francisco

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

This what what you would find on California Street in the Financial District since last year – a manhole* cover hole right in the path of cyclists on Davis Street:

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I don’t know, I thought that San Francisco could have handled things a different way. So I made this post.

But the next day? Nothing. And since then, nothing, until just a few days back when we got this solitary cone:

OK fine, I guess that’ll do, but I wondered why this half-assed solution took months and months.

Anyway, here’s the scene from just one day later, last night, actually:

See? Somebody actually cared enough to implement a better, temporary solution. Let’s call this a three-quarter-assed approach.

After four fucking months, that is.

Now down in Mexico City, a man in a sombrero would have looked at similar hole in the street and he would have said, “Mañana. We’ll fix it tomorrow.” And then, you know what? They would have actually fixed things the next day! They would have put up cones or safety sawhorses or whathaveyou.

Which, of course, is what eventually happened in the heart of San Francisco’s  Financial District but only after months and months.

Let’s all look forward to Mayor Ed Lee’s next pronouncement about us being the Innovation Capital of the World

*Person hole, people hole? C’mon, just tell me what to call it these days and I will, I don’t care about using the old term or some new term.

 

After Four Short Months, San Francisco Finally Fixes The Great Four-Inch Crater of California Street in the Financial

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

See, first the intersection of California and Davis was all like this.

Which I thought could be a little dangerous for cyclists, especially roadies, especially in the rain and whatnot.

But of course nothing happened for four months.

But now it’s all like this:

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What can I say but thanks to the SFMTA or the DPW or whomever for this “innovative” solution.

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!

Ed Lee Gets It Done!

Run Ed Run!

Brownie, you’re doing a heck of a job.

What Do You Do After Dropping Your iPhone Down the Drain on the Streets of San Francisco?

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

I don’t know what you’re supposed to do in the situation.

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I guess you could start a vigil.

Let’s hope it all worked out…

The Great Four-Inch Crater of California Street: A Fairly Large Hazard for Cyclists

Monday, December 12th, 2011

At Davis in the Financial District

I didn’t measure how far down the drop was from the street to where my foot is in the photo, but it’s pretty far.

Wow.

Mulch – Is That What’s Been Stinking Up the Panhandle These Days?

Monday, January 24th, 2011

Sure looks, smells that way.

Anyway, somebody dumped big piles of poo like this one near the Panhandle bike path on Friday and then took the weekend off.

Even today, people in the NoPA be checking their shoes as if they stepped in the present left by pooch of San Francisco’s selfish, self-centered owner/guardians.

Oh well.

Someday this mulch will get to where it belongs and things will get back to normal.

And then, after that, RPD will put some drainage into the Panhandle so it’s not swampy six months of the year.

Someday.

Divisadero Streetscape Improvements Kick Off – Cafe Mojo Parklet Officially Christened

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

Here’s the scene this morning at the official ceremony kicking off all the Divisadero Streetscape Improvements and the Cafe Mojo Parklet at 639 Divisidero betwixt Hayes and Grove.

BIKE NOPA has all the deets for the new parklet in front of popular Mojo Bicycle Cafe, where you are beseeched to “ride in – hang out – get your fix – ride on.”

Of course District 5 Supervisor Ross Mirkarimiwas there* – he was working the crowd and expressing his appreciation for improved bicycle and pedestrian safety on the Divisadero Corridor. He also pointed out the success of the nearby Divisadero Farmer’s Market, which is no longer seasonal. It’s open every Sunday from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM year-round these days.

Mayor Gavin Newsom addressing a large crowd on the tiny parklet:

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And all the while, the honking yellow Hummer of Main Contractor Synergy Project Management was discretely parked across the street, as discretely as possible given that it’s a honking yellow Hummer:

I’m on the record as not being a big fan of all the changes, but oh well.

SocketSite has more info about Divis and Curbed SF has all the history, as you’d expect.

Brand new median trees and old-school streetlamps for as far as the eye can see:

These days, it’s Mojo a gogo. A fixie bike mounted outdoors as art:

 

Welcome to the New Divisidero.

*Wearing the same drip-dry suit he was wearing at the recent opening of the Hamilton Recreation Center and Pool.

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The Sidewalks of San Francisco have been Engulfed by Recent Rains

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009

Our recent rains appear to be too much for the sewers of San Francisco - it’s not easy navigating sidewalks when they’re underwater of course. But cheer up, we’ll probably be back to the drought in no time.

The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission would like to take this time to remind us all: Only Rain Down the Drain.

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Remember their Snitch Hotline for ratting out your neighbors: (415) 695-2020.

Enjoy.

Raw Sewage on the Streets of San Francisco – Haight Ashbury Edition

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

This example of raw sewage on Clayton Street in the Upper Haight (right in front of the busy 94117 Post Office, actually) has been sitting around for about 48 hours or so.

Somebody put up an orange cone, so that’s a sure sign that some progress is being made.

Yes, that’s what you think it is. That other stuff? Again, it’s also what you think it is. Click to expand:

[UPDATE: 24 hours later, all better. Merci boocooh!]

Yet Another Reason to Not Park Your Motorcycle in San Francisco

Monday, November 3rd, 2008

You’ve heard of ephemeral vernal pools, but San Francisco has its own version – autumnal lakes of water that rise up after heavy rain sometimes. Let’s call this one Lake Ashbury.

The cover on this legally parked bike certainly earned it’s keep the other night, battling waves of water 10 feet high.

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Such is the plight of those who park motocycles on the mean streets of San Francisco.