Posts Tagged ‘spaces’

The Secret is OUT About Using the LUCKY PENNY PARKING LOT to Shop at Trader Joe’s #100 on Masonic

Tuesday, August 29th, 2017

It says a lot about Frisco Planning that a simple gro sto is so packed with people, oh well.

Anyway, parking at the 100th Trader Joe’s continues to be a bear. So much so that people continue to park in the northbound lane of Masonic and then dash across five lanes of traffic.* Has somebody gotten killed doing this? Yes, in this very spot, not that long ago:

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The reason why people do this is because it’s a PITA to approach TJS100 from any direction but north. This is by design. Oh well.

But look:

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A formerly unwritten policy got written down and a small lot at Geary and Masonic became officially available for use. Now, you can easily approach from the west, south and east, by using the south entrance of the Lucky Penny lot.

Oh, about that Lucky Penny. It was a terrible, terrible diner:

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Believe me. Sad!!!

Anyway, it got shut down for some housing project, so the parking lot became the Land of Wind and Ghosts, an empty gallery for taggers. See? (That pole sometime vibrates in the wind, back and forth, like a G6, like a G6, like the Tacoma Narrows Bridge.)

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It was a cat and mouse game of paint and repaint. After a while, things got cleaned up, to make room for new tags:

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But then this unused public realm got activated and people started using the lot again, but for shopping at Joe’s.

Did the average shopper notice? IDK. The queue for People With Cars (this is an actual phrase – I didn’t make it up) still sometimes would go Over The Hill towards the Pine Euclid area. I mean that’s gotta be 20 cars in line to get into the cramped TJ’s lot sometimes. And some of these people have rented a Getaround car just for one shopping trip – they’re On The Clock, tick tick tick. Anyway, during these busy times, the LP lot would be half empty, oddly, as if people didn’t know they should park her.

But these days, the Lucky Penny lot gets all filled up – it wasn’t like this even a few months ago. People have learned The Secret.

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But there’s a Threat. It’s that darn housing project. Now I don’t think that TJ’s shoppers are in a position to “save” this temporary lot, but, Man, they sure will complain once they get kicked out for construction.

And then the new building, with perhaps 200-300 residents will have underground parking spaces for like nine cars? Well, that’s something that’ll be up for debate. Area Residents want this parking space number to be around 100 spaces. (They care not about any alleged housing crises. They care about their daily street parking crisis.) Activists would prefer the aforementioned nine and Planning? Well, Planning will come in somewhere inbetwixt, one surmises.

Let’s save that conflict for The Future…

*Or, they park on Ralph Waldo Emerson Street, walk onto the roof and then down the stairs and then into the grocery. This is kind of crazy but it happens. Of course, this rooftop parking could be avail for the typical TJ’s shopper, but the residents of the Emerson cul-de-sac** would burn down City Hall afore they’d allow that.  

**I said “sack.” Heh. Good one, me. 

A Protest at the Masonic Avenue “Streetscape” “Improvement” Project: “SAVE THIS SIDE STREET & PARKING SPACES”

Friday, June 16th, 2017

On It Goes…

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Frisco’s Version of Parking on the Front Lawn, Except Front Lawns are Hard to Find Anymore Out in the Sunset District

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

It used to be like this:

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But now it’s like this:

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FBOW, most of the lawns are gone, paved over long ago to make room for more car parking…

CARMAnation is Still Trying to “Disrupt Parking” in Frisco

Friday, July 15th, 2016

Here’s the pitch..

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and here’s the story, from a couple years back.

“lya Movshovich

Hi All,

You cannot monetize public assets for individual company gain. Just because an app can be built, doesn’t mean it should be.

I’m a Co-Founder and CEO of a San Francisco based startup called CARMAnation (www.carmanation.com). We look to help solve parking issues via the true intentions of the sharing economy – working with the community to benefit the community. Our users share their PRIVATE available parking spots with one another.

Having tech startups trying to solve the parking problems with their own unique approach means there is a need to disrupt the industry. Technology is a wonderful thing, it can solve/simplify a lot of problems, but it has to be done right, otherwise “Monkey Parking” is what happens.”

I wonder how they’re doing.

Cf. SpotOn

Getaround Rental Car Parked Just Outside Its Designated Space on Fell – Gets SFMTA Citation for Parking During Street Cleaning?

Friday, October 9th, 2015

So let’s see here. The Getaround rental car company is now leasing formerly public parking spaces from the SFMTA, right? It looks like this:

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So now, when a Getaround rental car gets parked on Fell not in near the designated spaces during weekly street sweeping time, it’ll get a fat ticket, as here, one supposes, to compensate SF for the harm caused society for not having leaves swept up for another week:

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(As I understand it, the Getaround rental car people have promised our corrupt SFMTA that Getaround would be responsible for cleaning up leaves in its spaces – that’s why Getaround rental cars parked in designated spaces don’t get ticketed during normal street sweeping time.)

So, what’s the difference where Getaround rental cars park on Fell? Something to think about…

SFMTA’s Polk Street Parking Space Removal Plan has Spawned a Yelp War – A Five-Star Counterattack – Poor Dr. Hiura, Poor Other Dr. Hiura!

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

All right, get up to speed here.

And now, the latest salvo – if you’re an earnest Yelper who feels that Drs. Hiura & Hiura have been treated unfairly in the whole SFMTA Polk Street Parking Space Removal Plan, well all you can do is post a five-star review, you know, to help out:

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Except that this doesn’t help – the last thing that Hiura To The Power Of Two or Yelp need is a political debate carried out on Yelp.com.

Speaking of which, here’s something new from the Hiuras themselves:

I’m confused – whom’s this video for? IDK. Is it for patients so they’ll post five-star reviews? Or is it for potential patients? But who’s going to see it? (And who’s that woman in front of the green screen? Are we meant to think she works there? IDK.)

And I’ll tell you, at this point, no YouTubers have seen this video, like literally nobody.

Hey, did you see that storefront in the background of this clip? Look at all that metal security grating! That’s a reminder that this is Polk Gulch – an area that’s still “in transition,” as they say.

Oh, did I write Polk Gulch? What I meant to write was “Polk Village,” as that’s what some millionaire small-biz owners tried to rename the area a few years back. (I’m not sure how that turned out – certainly, I haven’t heard that term in a while.)

In any event, all that grating sure would be helpful if you’re ever battening down the hatches, like in preparation for another San Francisco Giants World Series riot, or if you were expecting ever more unwelcome visits from the StreetsBlogSF crowd, right?

Well guess what, the hatches have been battened – that means that the Hiuras no longer have anti-SFMTA propaganda posted in their window and the iconic red PEOPLE LOVE US ON YELP storefront sticker – well, that’s now gone as well, almost as if the Hiuras don’t want transit activists thinking of this bidness and the Yelp at the same time.

So on it goes. Perhaps this YelpWar will settle down after today’s big vote at City Hall*

*OMG, these people use so many buzz-phrases and “framing” words, I wonder if they’d even be able to translate their NewSpeak into regular English. Let’s have a try here, an “improvement” as any change that SFGov has ever made and/or something that it wants to spend tax or fee-payer money on, whether that change turns out to actually be an improvement or not IRL. And a “complete” street is one that has had tax or fee-payer money spent on it recently, as best I can figure. IRL, Polk Street was “completed” about a century and a half ago, right? And an “investment” is any spending done by SFGov, like the way my cousin used to invest his money at the slot machines inside the big airport in Vegas. Hey, how would a cosmetic surgeon propose to “improve” your body? How could s/he “complete” yourself? IDK, an “investment” in breasts implants? Hey, that’s what you should do, you should give me your money and you’ll be lifted and enhanced. Except sometimes that’s a bad choice, and other times it’s a meh choice, like whatever. And certainly, your life wasn’t “transformed,” as promised by those who literally make money off of selling an idea that may or may not be a good idea. Hey, is the SFMTA all about safety? Oh, Lord no, not really. IRL, it’s an inefficient organization that makes some good choices but also some bad choices in the name of “safety,” that’s what it is. Oh well. 

The Empire Strikes Back: Comments on Yelp from the More Rabid Elements of the StreetsBlog Mob Stricken – Drs. Hiura on Polk

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

[UPDATE: Oh, Peter Lawrence Kane asked Yelp about these matters just this morning, so that prolly played a big role in Yelp’s very fast response.]

Oh, it’s all good – all the recent negative reviews for Drs. Hiura & Hiura Optometrists have been shuffled down the memory hole as of lunchtime today.

I’m a little surprised at the speed of the deletions.

From what I learned about Yelp from the famous SoMA Legacy Lunchtime Restaurants vs. New School Food Trucks Battle of a few years ago, it can take a long time for demonstrably false or self-serving Yelp postings to come down, if ever.

And I distinguish between reviewers who have brand-new accounts with just one review vs. reviewers with longer histories, and I thought Yelp sort of did as well, but no, they’re all gone.

Oh, here they are, right here, at the bottom of this page.

So I suppose that the penalty for speaking out against the plans of the SFMTA has just dropped, by a whole bunch.

So, Yelp wins once again…

One Reason Why You Shouldn’t Speak Out Against Any Big Plan the SFMTA Wants To Do: The Risk to Your Yelp Rating

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

[UPDATE: The offending posts have already been TWEP – terminated with extreme prejudice. And, inevitably, fans of the Hiuras are now chipping in with five-star reviews…]

Drs. Hiura & Hiura Optometrists have done very well on the Yelp, but our ineffective and meretricious SFMTA’s recent push for the Polk Street Streetscape parking space removal project is not good their business.

Not good at all!

Check it, from the past few days:

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So, what will end up happening is your hard-earned, hard-to-get 5 star rating will come down a notch or two, or three, if you sign your John Hancocks to a letter like this – the blowback will be a brace of one star reviews from noncustomers.

The Grand Battle of Polk Gulch is well and truly joined.

Brace yourselves for March 3, 2015

The SFMTA’s Restriping of JFK Drive Has Been a Massive Failure for a 100 Small Reasons – Let’s Take a Short Trip

Friday, January 9th, 2015

These cyclists stopped for peds at the prior stop sign, and I thought, “These are pretty polite cyclists,” because, you know, most of the time cyclists don’t stop for peds and/or stop signs.

So then here’s the next stop sign, where the peds stutter-stopped for fear of being hit by the very same cyclists:

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Moving on, further into the park, with the very same cyclists, to see this woman, who was totally blocking the bike lane with her body and two open passenger doors. She was oblivious. Then she notices what she’s doing so she goes back to shut the rear door…

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…and then the front door as the cyclists wait:

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This place is a mess. Many long-time cyclists now avoid using JFK. Is this what the all-seeing all-knowing SFMTA wanted? IDK. Oh what’s that, cycling in San Francisco is going to increase six-fold by 2020 (I’m seriously, this was the goal, this was what was “expected” by local pols not too long ago), so we need to accommodate all the new traffic? But what if that huge increase doesn’t materialize and then you lose a significant chunk of the pre-existing riders?

(Any survey from the SFMTA showing broad-based support for these changes isn’t a real survey.)

Moving on, to this. Where else in the world do they put a kink into double yellow lines.

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Why do this? Is this “good design?”

Why not have a single dashed line? (I know that the SFMTA has its reasons, but in other locations these double yellows would be seen as a cue that encourages speeding.)

In short, the restriping of JFK is a mess, a continuing mess, one that was spawned by the SFMTA for ideological reasons.

Oh well.

Vox populi:

“I cannot imagine that any survey demonstrates that most people like the new lanes. I’ve read dozens and dozens of comments and the vast majority feel the same way as I do, which is that these lanes are dangerous for everyone. And what about emergency vehicles? How do they pass when motorists cannot pull to the right? This past Saturday, 4/20, a fire truck got stuck in traffic at the eastern end of JFK. Traffic backed up in both directions. It was utter chaos. And Jesus, does it make the road look ugly or what?”

Redux

“My primary observation on the new bike lanes is that separating them somewhat from the vehicle traffic lanes seems to have been a signal that cyclists should ride a bit faster and ignore the stop signs and pedestrian crossing rules. I find them much more dangerous as a pedestrian. I have taken to holding an arm out when crossing any road in SF to signal my intent, but I am nearly struck daily by cyclists.”

Absurd MUNI 21 Hayes Bus Stop Situation (7 Stops for 6 Short Blocks) is Now Slightly Less Absurd – Thx SFMTA, Srsly

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

Well here’s the official notice, seen in the Western Addition just north of the Panhandle and, I might add, just after election time:

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Mind you, these aren’t big big city blocks the likes of which you’ll find in SoMA or out in the Avenues. These are small blocks chock-a-block full of bus stops. Check it, and remember that Ashbury used to have stops as well.

So hurrah for the SFMTA.