Posts Tagged ‘steep’

Hilly San Francisco, Where You Need a Tall Ladder to Climb Down Into Your Backyard

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

Benton Avenue, Bernal Heights:

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A #21 Hayes High Atop the Hayes Street Cut – If You Can’t Afford a Tunnel – If You Think Hayes is Steep Now…

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

The sidewalk shows how steep Hayes was before The Cut:

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Happy Birthday to the “Hayes Street Cut” in Alamo Square – 100 Years Old – Less Climbing for the #21 Hayes Bus

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

If you look at Hayes betwixt Pierce and Scott, you can see why the Hayes Street Cut exists.

And then you Google it to reveal:

“Hayes Street Cut: In order to re establish direct car service to the Hayes Street district north of the Panhandle* it is necessary to provide a lower grade between Pierce and Scott Streets And by a cut of 15 ft across the plateau at Pierce Street the maximum grade may be reduced from 14.6 to 10.9 (See Fig 72) which is within reasonable limits for electric equipment If a terraced arrangement is used with half the cut in the roadway and half in the walkway the cost for retaining walls will be considerably less than if the cut is extended full depth between property lines.”

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And here’s the San Francisco Call from 1910:

“All matters connected with the proposed Hayes street cut were put over until next week. The committee received the works board’s report that the improvement would cost the city $54,000.”

Now of course many parts of SF have been regraded over the years, but what makes the Hayes Street Cut the Hayes Street Cut is that the City accommodated the already partially-developed area. Nobody wanted to mess with private land south of Hayes. So people figured regrading the street while leaving the sidewalks mostly intact was the cheap solution. Terracing = less digging.

Here you go, the HAYES STREET PROFILE:

(I’ll note that the HSC makes the annual Bay to Breakers fun-run** easier on the competitors, as you can see.)

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, HAYES STREET CUT!

*We use the phrase NoPA these days, except that back then “north of the Panhandle” meant the area farther west, not that the real estate ladies of the 94117 would give a care about that.

**Hayes Street is NOT the highest part of the B2B course, despite what the MSM tells us every year. In fact, the highest part of the B2B is on JFK Drive at the foot of Rainbow Falls in Golden Gate Park. The More You Know…

If You Want to Get From the Panhandle to Downtown Quickly, Forget About the Wiggle and Just Take Oak

Friday, February 7th, 2014

Thusly:

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If you want. There’s really only one block that’s kind of steep, but think of all the stop signs you won’t have to blow through.

They used to have a kind of bike lane on the left side of Oak but it’s gone now.

But the right side looks all right and traffic doesn’t move all that fast so it works.

(Coming back is a different story, much steeper going uphill on neighboring Fell and Page.)

Happy trails.

Bradford Street in Bernal Heights: San Francisco’s Steepest? Some People Think So

Friday, November 16th, 2012

See?

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If you can call Bradford a street, as some do.

Anyway, this is a view of part of it.

Noe Valley’s 23rd Street Proves Too Much for This Google Bus – Its Rear End Gets Stuck at the Bottom of a Hill

Sunday, June 10th, 2012

Oh well:

Via Jim Greer of online gaming site Kongregate - click to expand

Google Bus/

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It’s not your fault

Wouldn’t the Google Bus have been better off on 24th? I think so.

And hey, didn’t former Supervisor Bevan Dufty meet with area NIMBY’s to iron things out a half-decade ago?

I think so. Actually, I know so. It looked like this:

But the wealthy, white, wizened NIMBYs of Noe still weren’t satisfied.

Oh well.

I hope you’re happy, NIMBIES! Look what you made Google do.

(Or maybe the driver just got lost. You’d think he’d have a map with no-go areas marked out.)

(Do Googlers Google on Sundays? Not that I know of, but they go on fun field trips from time to time, wine tastings and the like, I hear.)

I’ll tell you, Google prolly hasn’t been this embarrassed since that federal cop busted the Maps Car in the Presidio.

Here’s the chase, recorded by Google itself:

And here’s the bust, apparently for not getting a permit from the Presidio Trust after the Presidio Trust told Google it would need a permit:

All right, let’s be careful out there, Google!

Good Times: Cops Take Over Filbert Street to Test BMWs – “Police Motorcycle Training on an Incline”

Friday, June 8th, 2012

Like this:

 

The Steeply Pitched Roofs of these Five San Francisco Houses are Delightful

Monday, September 21st, 2009

See?

Perhaps after Trauma gets cancelled by the suits at NBC, Hollywood could come back to town to remake Full House, excepting they could use these residences instead one of the Seven Sisters of Alamo Square.

They could call it Full Houses or something. Then some director dude in a baseball cap could talk about how he considers the houses themselves to be characters (before or after he ID’s hisself as a “story teller” or a “teller of stories”, you know the drill)

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Just lovely.

Hulu bonus:

“Does NBC seriously think they can retain viewers after their disgraceful cancellation of numerous shows with loyal fans. These morons should just sell the network to Fox or any other network with some brains. Trauma will be on for 10 episodes then cancelled to make space for the NBC Real World Marathon. Nothing But Clowns network.”

The Freaky Pigeons of the Lower Haight Appear to be Glued to the Rooftops

Monday, July 13th, 2009

The peaked roofs of the Hayes Valley South HOPE VI projects just off Haight Street play host to gravity-defying pigeons. Will they get evicted when the solar panels come?

Yes, these boids will have a tough time gaining traction on the solar panels.

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Pity these poor rock doves.

The Many Steps of San Francisco’s Filbert Street

Saturday, June 13th, 2009

Of course, there’s the Filbert Street steps, where you’ll find the Tatiana tiger shrine and a misplaced parking meter, but that’s in another neighborhood from what you see here. It’s Filbert in Russian Hill reaching up to Hyde Street and the cable cars.

This is what a 31.5% grade looks like – so steep they put in stair steps for you.

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And your reward at the top? An unburned porta-potty.

Que bueno.