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Welcome to Frisco:
If you want to do something about the North American Drought of 2012 – 20xx, you can always drop by at our expensive SFPUC building in the western Twitterloin:
“Signage is available for pick-up at the SFPUC Customer Service Center, 525 Golden Gate Avenue, 1st Floor. Request larger quantities by email email@example.com”
Here’s how the east end of Cayuga looks this AM, near the 101:
And here’s how people are reacting:
“I looked out front and the manhole in the street in front of our house was bubbling water a foot into the air. My neighbors were outside with flooding downstairs as well. I called 311 and was on hold for a while. During that time a fire truck went by and stopped at the other end of the block and stayed their for a while. Other people living down there were out on the sidewalks so I assume the whole street was flooding. Soon after the bubbling stopped. After like 20 minutes of being on hold I got a hold of an operator and reported the situation and she said they’re having flooding issues all across the city, but apparently they don’t coordinate with the fire department so they have no idea what they did.”
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…
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.
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.
Ed Lee Gets It Done!
Run Ed Run!
Brownie, you’re doing a heck of a job.
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.
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.
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.
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.
All the deets, after the jump