What is the future of this flat skateboard park what used to be Waller Street?
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I know not.
Well, it’s not much yet, but this is the biggest reaction I’ve seen so far to the relatively new Whole Foods outlet at the end of Haight Street near Stanyan.
Do you see this Kramer-esque sign hanging off the back of 1965 Page? It’s new.
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Now I don’t know what these NIMBYs paid for that sign but I’d imagine something like hundreds of dollars. Most passersby weren’t aware of it, cause of how and where it’s hung. But go to the northeast corner of the parking lot and then look northeast and you’ll be sure to find it. (WF employees were doing just that yesterday afternoon, having a laugh.)
And I guess that this is the FaceBook page?
“Whole Foods Inc Bad Neighbor ” “This page is for those who have unresolved neighborhood noise issues with Whole Foods Markets, Inc. Please share your experience, links, pictures, videos. Invite others, anywhere in the universe. Support your local markets.”
(You don’t have a website yet, NIMBYs?)
Now, I’ll tell you, the parking lot at this Whole Foods fills up with regularity, cause it’s too small. (And that’s just the way “the neighbors” or the Planning Department or somebody wanted it to be. By design.) So I don’t know how the people who wanted a small parking lot have the right to complain about a small parking lot. Anyway, the way Trader Joes Masonic handled the parking issue was to take over parking spaces on the right side of southbound Masonic in partnership with the City. (I mean, first you’ve got to exist, and then you can address the issues what pop up, that’s how you’ve got to do it.)
The parking lot attendants at this particular WF will direct shoppers into non-existent spots in front of the store, you know, in order to pack the largest number of cars into the lot. Of course there are signs telling drivers not to block Stanyan, but nobody pays attention to them.
We’ll just have to wait to see how this one turns out.
In the meantime, meet your new NIMBY neighbors, so far:
Susan Leas LathamLeda Nevin AguirreHolly EdsonSoumyaa Kapil BehrensJohnson HorTed DeLongVanessa PictonGabriel HaalandKenneth HeikkilaFran GentryLoraine Cruz CummingsDarlene PolankaMichelle
Oh, and here’s something that people actually noticed, back in the day, on Stanyan:
This building on Stanyan can be seen from all over, so it would be a better location to launch an anti-grocery store campaign, IMO.
And nascent NIMBY’s, the time to attack Progress is before the gro sto goes in. I mean, did you expect the parking lot to be empty all the time? Did you expect the food to be teleported in via Wonka-Vision?
To close, here are some palliative cliches from Whole Foods itself:
“Sent: Thu, August 25, 2011 7:02:26 PM
Subject: RE: HVAC at 690 Stanyan Street
Whole Foods Market Haight Street store has received your concerns regarding HVAC noise. We take all our neighbors’ concerns and questions seriously and work to accommodate requests whenever and wherever possible. The neighborhood we serve is extremely important to us and we want to be a good community member. We had our HVAC service company come to double check that all the adjustments that we have made the past few months were still up to par . There were only two minor adjustments needed.
While we are within the legal limits for noise required by the city, Whole Foods Market Haight has made many adjustments in response to HVAC inquiries, including:
o We reprogrammed the HVAC system to shut down between 8PM and 8AM to reduce noise when people are home
o We also changed our thermostat settings two degrees lower so the heat would kick on later in the morning
o We installed sound dampening devices on all our rooftop condensing fans
o We had our own acoustic, electric and HVAC engineers come out to test and fine tune our system for noise reduction and ensure we were within our legal limits
o Additionally, we had the Department of Public Health Environmental Services come back out to re-test and ensure we were operating within the legal limits
While the adjustment to any new neighbor may take some time, we truly hope we can peacefully co-exist with our neighbors in the Haight”
Everybody associated with electric car companies thinks it’s OK to lie to you. All of them.
OTOH, Nissan is not an electric car company, so not everything they say is spun into a lie. Isn’t that refreshing?
As here, where Nissan said it would deliver the LEAF last year and it did.*
It’s taken a while, all of 2011 so far to be exact, for me to see a LEAF in the wild and not as a part of a Nissan event.
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Now, can I ask why Mayor Ed Lee has a gas-powered plug-in hybrid from Government Motors instead of an all-electric Nissan Leaf? (The answer might have something to do with the feds kicking in for half of the cost of Ed Lee’s Chevy Volt, and the power of the UAW, and the fact that people at City Hall thought it was an actual electric car. Oh well.)
Anyway, here’s your number one City runabout, garage definitely required.
*I think it was just five units delivered, which was less than Nissan thought it would do for 2010, but by the standards of the industry this is exemplary performance.
**It was a guy from CODA who said that “housewives” wouldn’t “feel comfortable” in the LEAF, you know, cause it’s so weird-looking, basically. He made this statement while inside a warmed-over electrified Mitsubishi (Carisma, aka CODA Sedan) straight outta 1996, ironically.
Off The Grid has come into its own at the Upper Haight Location at the end of Waller near Stanyan (just one block north of our landmark Haight Street McDonalds).
I had no idea that it’s become so popular, like it was yesterday, in the pouring fog.
And, of course, you can’t ignore the almost-perfect Yelp rating
Doublecheck the sked if you want to, but this is it, currently:
I’ll tell you, I was there at the beginning, at the very first OTGUH like a year ago. Back then, it wasn’t slammed with people, but these days it is.
Get on out there next Thursday, why not?
I don’t know about other OTGs but this one is off the hook.
Enjoy the consensus, plus the Minority Report, which focuses on the fact that too many people are there (is that a bug or a feature?) and the air-conditioned summer weather (is that a bug or a feature?):
“Went last night, and wow. Bites of the night included the pork belly with pickled daikon from Chairman Bao (the bun was super soft and delicious with a generous serving of pork belly) a pandan waffle, and unagi onigiri from Onigilly (which also has miso soup, an awesome treat in the freezing Haight AND they give you free refills). Highly recommend going with a group of 5 or 6 and sharing bites of things.”
“If you’ve tried the Off the Grid at Fort Mason, then this is pretty much the exact replica of it except on a smaller scale. I recognized some of the exact same food trucks too. And just like Fort Mason, it is crazy packed. I had a burrito that I think might have been from El Huarache Loco, which was decent and had a nice spicy kick to it. Other than the novelty of experiencing the food truck craze, I think the food is only okay and a bit on the pricey side based on portion size. The crowds also get a bit overwhelming especially when you’re waiting in a humongous line in the freezing SF cold. Fun to try on occasion if you just want to dabble in different types of food.”
“Off the Grid is the new age of food trucks. They promote alot of fusion foods and foods not normally served in restaurants. Since I’m a Pilipino who loves food well, I go often. They have a cupcake truck, Senior Sisig, and that Korean truck. I need to try out the bacon truck the next time I go there. It’s great place w/ your friends to meet up and snack on great foods. They have live music as well. I need to try out the other OTG.”
Let’s see here, Texas-based Whole Foods came to town a while back and (finally) managed to buy off the local NIMBY-types, then got on with construction last year, and then withstood the peanut gallery and then opened up in February and then withstood the curious crowds and then got in on the sumo fruit craze.
But still, some carp.
Anyway, check out the cleanest, graffiti-free wall in the Haight – this is the south side of the building. It’s amazingly free of tagging. Perhaps area youth have respekt for the WF? Perhaps the wall is coated with Teflon?
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Now, speaking of carp, this graffiti fish on a neighboring property remains, the last I saw:
But that’s OK.
So, as stated, That New Whole Foods at Haight and Stanyan Appears to be Doing Remarkably Well.
(Why did we have to have this property sit empty for all those years?)
[UPDATE: And here's a late entry, from Bluoz: Upper Haight is for Lovers:
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Things really didn’t get hopping until the fog went away in the afternoon, but the 2011 Haight Ashbury Street Fair went off without a hitch, with nary a peep from the notorious NIMBYs of the Western Addition.
Let your freak flag fly, baby. From the Eastern Stage:
And here are some great shots.
First, from famous David Yu:
And here’s one from Chris Witte:
And more from past HASFs, after the jump
See you next year!
There’s a feeling I get/
when I look to the West…
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…and the East…
…on Haight Street on the Second Sunday in June.
It’s the Haight Street Fair!
…and all around:
See you there!
The day is upon us.
Sunday, June 12, 2011, from 11am to 5:30pm. Come one, come all! Once a year, on the second Sunday in June, the Haight-Ashbury community hosts a special celebration and everyone in the World is invited. Music is in the air; people dance in the streets; a festive atmosphere springs up; and Haight Street, once again, becomes the center of Peace, Love and Happiness. This annual event is the Haight-Ashbury Street Fair, one of the most highly anticipated public events in San Francisco.
The 34th Annual Haight-Ashbury Street Fair will be taking place on Sunday, June 12, 2011, from 11 am until 5:30 pm. A variety of activities will be taking place including three stages offering live entertainment; a six-block Vending Area featuring arts & crafts, food and other merchandise; an area dedicated to the entertainment of families with children; and an opportunity to celebrate with many other like-minded people.Directions and Access to the Haight Ashbury Street Fair
Above all things, we highly recommend that you and your friends take the public transportation systems to get to the Street Fair. Parking spaces are very limited and, besides, why spend your time roaming around in your car while you could be enjoying the Street Fair first hand. Here are some leads on how you can make your way to the Haight-Ashbury Street Fair.
MUNI: The Haight-Ashbury is served by six routes that directly serve this neighborhood. They are #6 – Parnassus, #7 – Haight, #33 – Ashbury, #37 – Corbet, #43 – Masonic and #71 – Noriega. Each of these lines travel directly to the Haight-Ashbury District. Other lines that serve the neighborhood indirectly are the N-Judah streetcar, #21 Hayes and the #5 Fulton. Connecting lines vary so please call MUNI (673-MUNI) for information on the best lines to use.BART
For East Bay travelers, your best bet to the Street Fair is to disembark at any S.F BART station on Market Street and catch the #5, #6, #7 or #71. You can also catch the N-Judah streetcar in any Metro Station.If your are coming from Daly City or beyond on BART, catch the #43 at the Balboa Station to the Street Fair. For more information, please call (510) 839-2220 or (650) 992-2278.AC TRANSIT
Coming from the East Bay, you can catch the #6 Parnassus or the #21 Hayes at the TransBay Terminal. For more information, please call (415) 817-1717.GOLDEN GATE TRANSIT
If you are traveling from Marin County, you can take any bus headed to San Francisco and get off at the TransBay Terminal. There you can take the #6 Parnassus or #21 Hayes. For more information, call (415) 455-2000 or (415) 257-4554.SanTrams
Traveling along the Peninsula, you can jump into a bus heading to San Francisco and get off at the TransBay Terminal. There you can catch the #6 Parnassus or the #21 Hayes. For more information, call (800) 660-4287 or (650) 508 6448.Any way you choose to get to the Haight-Ashbury Street Fair, we encourage you to take public transit.
BE HIP & BUS IT!
Ah mem’ries. Leave us travel back to the aughts, back when you could plant your veggies on Someone Else’s Land and get away with it for a while…
Here’s the background, and there’s an update from 2011 at the bottom:
Remember back in the day, back in the late-oughts when Victory Gardens ‘n stuff were all over the place?
Well, you can relive that era right now by clicking on all the links that describe that time in ought-seven when “guerrilla gardeners” took over the land in front of some lady’s apartment complex at Fulton and Stanyan and just started gardening.
Remember, man? It was beautiful vandalism, man. This joint had lots of support from the City and NGOs, that’s for sure. But things didn’t work out.
Here’s how it looked back then in 2007…
Via IndyBay, image reversed for your pleasure
…and here’s how it looks these days in the summer of 2010, during what should be the start of harvest harvest time.
Weepin’ time, reapin’ time, harvest harvest time:
Sic transit gloria mundi
Oh, and here it is these days in 2011 – it’s the roughest, most-tilted putting green ever:
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Thanks for walking down memory lane with me…