Posts Tagged ‘stores’

Shabby, Rusted Japantown – We’d All Have Been MUCH Better Off Without REDEVELOPMENT, Ch. CCLIX – Concrete And Clay And General Decay

Thursday, August 17th, 2017

Our J-Town is sort of a mess, not that I’m complaining, not that I’m calling for a “Fix-It Team” to drop everything and work on the solitary issue, that I, the monomaniacal activist, care about, no not at all. Let me explain.

All this Redevelopment stuff, all this concrete put in in the 1960’s is not up to snuff earthquake-wise – the garage, the east mall, the west mall, just entire blocks of Redevelopment. How on Earth can you bring things up to 2017-era minimal standards without spending a metric shit-ton of (non-existent) money? Well IDK.

And if even if you had the money to spend, how long would it take? How many years? What they’ve been talking about, for years/decades is an entire redo, a Re-Redevelopment, which would entail kicking out all the shops and restaurants, the bustling successful ones along with those just scraping by, and have them go … go where exactly? How about excessively wide Webster Street? I’m talking about the actual street itself – take out a couple lanes and the median and set up temporary shops, you know, Hayes Valley-style. That was a proposal.

And then, tens of millions of dollars (and who knows, nine figures?) could be poured in to seismic up.

(And to pay for this, there would have been a $100k tax on condos, so good luck with that – do you want to build up Japantown with slivers filled up with 500-1000 new condo units? Well, that’s what some people wanted.

Anyway, the moral of the story is for SFGov to not be so goddamned confident with future projects. Kind of like, “Don’t Just Do Something, Just Stand There.” And maybe we should instead spend our money on fixing up our Mistakes From The Past.

JMO.

And now, Japantown, a land of Wind and Ghosts:

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And car break-ins, of course, for tourists and locals alike. The expensive signs make everything better though, some feel:

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So you want to build a bridge, young Designers and Architects and Planners, but you don’t want to maintain it, that’s Someone Else’s Problem? You want to get it on to Make the Baby, but you don’t have the Staying Power to take care of the Baby. It sure as Hell looks that way:

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But newish banners – that’s the solution, so far:

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In the meantime, Concrete and Clay. 

And General Decay

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UNPROVEN THEORY: Proposed Designs for All “Local Interest” T-Shirts at City Target are 1) Phoned In, Literally; and 2) Never Rejected

Thursday, March 16th, 2017

[Gruff Man with Brooklyn Accent] So put in a Golden Gate Bridge with waves below and some fucking seagulls above and surround it with a heart. And then how about a California in Miami Blue except make it look like the Coca Cola script and then throw in some fucking trees like they have in L.A. And give me an SF surrounded by a fucking circle or a square or a triangle, whatever. And give me a Fog City like it’s a baseball logo – make it Dodger Blue, or Royals Blue, or just any kind of dark blue what’ll just scream “San Fran” to the buying public. And for the rest of it, just surprise me, anything will do.

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[Textile Factory Owner] Yes sir. Right away, sir.

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[Buyer for City Target, Living Somewhere in the Central Time Zone]: We love your samples! What genius creativity! We’ll start off with 100 gross of each design. We’ll pay whatever your asking price is.

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It Was PARK LIKE YOU FEEL DAY at Our Local City Target West: Diagonal White Parking Lines are All What’s Left of Mervyn’s, and Sears

Wednesday, October 19th, 2016

You can pave over white lines, but they have a way of coming back. Confused shoppers didn’t know which lines to obey, on this day:

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Bye bye Sears.

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Bye bye Mervyns.

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$99 WalMart Bike Comes to Frisco, and Promptly Gets Killed – Owner Simply Abandons Carcass

Wednesday, August 31st, 2016

4th and Market is a tough area for bicycle security, certainly

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We don’t have any WalMarts here in SF, of course, but it’s easy to start over again if you’re only paying $99 for the bike.

Target Trolls Frisco with “SAN FRAN” T-Shirts – Is This a Joke? – No, Seriously, Is This a Joke?

Tuesday, April 26th, 2016

[UPDATEKatie Dowd of the San Francisco Chronicle / SFGate weighs in here. And here’s . And KCRA-TV of Sacto (or Sac, or Sactown – the list for Sacramento goes on) weighs in as well.]

Read the news and turn the pages:

“17 Reasons Why It’s Okay To Call It Frisco – San Fran is still strictly forbidden.”

And yet, here comes City Target West. at Geary and Masonic on the west si-iiide:

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I dare you, Gentle Reader, to purchase this SAN FRAN shirt and walk about town.

READER NOTES:

“Balderdash,” Caen wrote. “The toughest guys on the old S.F. waterfront, neither rubes nor tourists, called it Frisco, and no effete journalist would have tried to correct them.”

There is *nothing* ironic about my Frisco usage. Nothing.

Frisco is okay. It is “San Fran” that is to be hated.

SFPD Arresting Shoplifters at the Mall: For Some Reason, This is a BIG Issue in the Twitterloin, But a NOTHINGBURGER at City Target West

Friday, February 19th, 2016

Shoplifters, like this one

in the Twitterloin District are a big concern.

Yet, a scene like this a few miles to the west raises…

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NO hackles at all.

Why’s that?

IDK, but Out West, out in the Western Addition, SFGov doesn’t spend eight figures a year on non-profits so there aren’t any “organizers” to “organize” against the functioning of the SFPD?

Generally speaking, residents to the west of the Twitterloin don’t want to micromanage the SFPD, for whatever reason…

CHIPOTLE Opens in the Great Middle of Frisco: July 2, 2015 at Geary and Masonic – Mervyn’s Heights Will Never Be The Same

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

Who knows, maybe they‘ve soft opened already by this late date? IDK.

Here’s all I know about this “Mexican” “Restaurant”

Chipotle Mexican Grill
2675 Geary Blvd San Francisco, CA 94118
(415) 202-0781
Today 11:00 am – 10:00 pm

Anyway, here’s what it looked like a week ago, complete with acres of free parking right out front:

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Speaking of which, man this place is going to be hard to get to – nobody would purposefully design the streets around City Centre Mall the way they are these days. First came Sears and then came the rise of the millionaire NIMBY neighbors (yes even here, in this bleak place) and then you mix in five decades of random happenstance, and then you’ll end up with a rat-maze of one-way streets and left-turn onlys.

Here’s the map:

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If you’re at Geary and Mason, simply enter Target, take the escalator upstairs, exit Target and then take the Great Chipotle Tunnel past the Panera Bread and boom, there you go.

Bon Courage, I guess.

Marina District Pet Store Update: Is This a Hated Chain Store Like Pet Food Express or a Beloved Local Store?

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

I can’t tell, and that’s sort of my point…

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One wonders about all this stress and strife

(One wants [or SHOULD want to, anyway] to live the sporting life)

Leaving you with this

“It doesn’t matter whether a cat [PET FOOD STORE] is white [LOCAL] or black [A CHAIN], as long as it catches mice.”

Chipotle Mexican Grill Opening at Geary and Masonic in Mid-July, Allowing the Great Middle of SF to Live Mas

Monday, May 4th, 2015

Mid-July is the official anticipated opening date for the new Chipotle located around back of the City Target Mall at 2675 Geary atop Mervyn’s Heights.

As you can see, Chips has firm beachheads in the northeast and southwest, and now Food With Integrity is invading the Great Middle of Frisco:

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This one’s a done deal, and who knows when another “grass-roots” effort will spring up with locals demanding a Chipotle for their neighborhood, as with CastroRestaurant@chipotle.com a few years back

Chain Store Paradise in the Heart of Frisco: “GNC, EUROPEAN WAX CENTER, SUBWAY, CHIPTOLE (Soon), PANERA BREAD”

Monday, April 13th, 2015

Perhaps Frisco just wants to say it doesn’t like chain stores, but it actually loves chain stores? It sure seems that way.

Of course, you won’t find this slice o’ suburbia down at Castro and Market, but head north for a little bit, IDK a mile or two, and bam!, here we are at City Centre, all hidden away, with free parking, you know, galore. Here’s the SUBWAY  sign going up and it won’t be long ’til the Chiptole sign goes up right next door:

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And the “anchors” at this mall? Best Buy and Target, natch! (Can the nearest Trader Joe’s be far away? It could, but it’s not. Not at all.)

Now here’s the update: Chiptole won’t be opening this week or this month, it’s safe to say:

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“Burritofication” will be “in progress” for some time, it appears…