Posts Tagged ‘street’

Commemorating 501 Weeks on the Streets of San Francisco: The FALLEN, FALLEN IS BABYLON Guy

Friday, April 29th, 2016

Just a guess on the 501 weeks part, but this guy’s been out there on Market a long, long time – at least since the aughts.

Anyway, this “one original” man must have “endless stories” of Life on the Street by now.

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Remember when Willie Brown turned Market Street into the Champs-Élysées Of The West? I do. And then a good part of it “transformed” into the “world-class” Twitterloin.

But all I see is how much the place has stayed the same…

Come See the 1979 “White Night Riot” Reenacted at City Hall – ABC’s “When We Rise” Miniseries to Disrupt Traffic Friday Night

Thursday, April 28th, 2016

Here’s the background and here’s your traffic advisory

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It’ll be just like when they shot that Milk movie…

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…except without Sean Penn

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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.

Unusual Lyft Ad: “DISTINGUISHED SOCIETY OF PEOPLE WHO GET IT” – An Appeal to Flattery ala Charles Manson

Friday, April 22nd, 2016

First. let’s talk Cole Street, where Chuck Manson use to live, win friends, and influence people.

Second, let’s move a few blocks over to Masonic, also in the 94117, to see this Mansonesque appeal to flattery:

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(Hey, what are Lyft drivers supposed to think about after seeing this, you know, when they themselves are “sitting in traffic, looking for a place to park [or just giving up and parking illegally], and sweating monthly car payments?”)

All right, welcome to the Lyft Family, you good-looking, “clued-in” Gentle Readers you.

The World’s Coolest Tofu Delivery Truck or Just Another Tofu Fan in the Richmond – It’s Hard to Tell

Thursday, April 21st, 2016

From Gunma, Japan comes this Toyota 86 Scion FR-S, which stands for Front-engined, Rear-drive, sport.

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Upon further review, I’m thinking this is just a private auto.

No matter, look for it here, in Japantown East, in a few short weeks:

Soy and Tofu Festival 2016 – June 4 at the Event Center at Saint Mary’s Cathedral

WHEN
Saturday, June 4, 2016
11:00am-5:00pm
WHERE
Event Center at Saint Mary’s Cathedral
1111 Gough St. (at Geary Boulevard)
San Francisco’s Japantown

The mission of the Northern California Soy and Tofu Festival is to educate the public about the health benefits and various uses of soy and tofu. In adhering to these goals, the Northern California Soy and Tofu Festival — an annual fundraiser for the Nichi Bei Foundation — strives to be a vehicle for community-building and leadership development while adhering to the Foundation’s mission of keeping the community connected, informed and empowered.

This exciting culinary and cultural event showcases soy and tofu vendors, provides an educational forum on the various uses and benefits of soy and tofu, offers live music and cultural entertainment, interactive games and tofu eating contests, and culminates with the Soy and Tofu Dessert Competition.

Now in its sixth year, the Northern California Soy and Tofu Festival has grown progressively since its inception with 3,500 attendees in 2011 to more than 20,000 in 2015. One of San Francisco Japantown’s largest festivals, the popular culinary and cultural event serves as the main fundraiser for the Nichi Bei Foundation, and is held annually on the first Saturday in June.

Proceeds from the Festival help to publish the first nonprofit ethnic community newspaper of its kind in the country, the Nichi Bei Weekly.

Urbanist-Style, Designerly Street Lights vs. Regular Old Street Lights – What’s the Difference?

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

The new ones are in the back, on Divisadero:

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If you can see some great difference betwixt the stylings of these street AND you think it’s a great idea to tax the Little People in order to replace perfectly good, utilitarian, existing street lights, then YOU’RE a part of the problem.

Sry.

“Board President London Breed and City Departments Unveil Plans to Address “4/20” Activities in Golden Gate Park and Haight-Ashbury”

Monday, April 18th, 2016

I’ve said my piece here.

These numerous street closures are the most extensive yet, IIRC.

And now, on with the show. See you Wednesday!

*** PRESS RELEASE ***

Board President London Breed and City Departments Unveil Plans to Address “4/20” Activities in Golden Gate Park and Haight-Ashbury

SAN FRANCISCO – Board President London Breed and City officials today announced plans to mitigate potential issues related to festivities on April 20, 2016. Supervisor Breed, who represents a portion Golden Gate Park and affected neighborhoods, issued the following statement:

“It’s that time of year when nearly 15,000 visitors flood into Golden Gate Park and surrounding neighborhoods to celebrate the informal, unsanctioned “4/20” holiday.

Though we welcome celebrations and visitors all year round, some 4/20 festivities in the past have led to horrific traffic, overwhelmed residential streets, public urination, damage to public and private property, and strained police, Muni and park resources. And on the following day, 4/21, Recreation and Park staff and volunteers have had to laboriously collect over 10,000 pounds of litter left in the parks.

In 2013, I was determined to do something about these impacts to our neighborhoods, and every year since, have worked with City departments to create a comprehensive approach to dealing with these issues. As a result, we’ve seen decreased street congestion, increased services and an overall safer day. This is our third year putting together a plan and I am pleased to say we have collectively improved on this process year after year.

To be clear, there is no sponsor for “4/20”, and therefore no fiscal organizer to hold accountable. But as a City who welcomes visitors from all over the world, we need to do everything possible to ensure a safe, peaceful April 20th for both visitors and residents. Our goal is to ensure public safety, and as such, there will be no tolerance for visitors who are using “4/20” as an excuse to damage our parks and neighborhoods.

In attendance were Captain John Sanford of Park Police Station, Chief Mike Celeste of Recreation and Parks, Chief Probation Officer Allen Nance, Rachel Gordon of the Department of Public Works, Battalion Chief Victor Wyrsch of the Fire Department and Camron Samii and Ed Cobean from the Municipal Transportation Agency.

City departments worked together put the following measures in place for April 20, 2016:

Increased Police and Juvenile Probation Officer Presence: There will be uniformed and plain clothes officers surrounding Golden Gate Park and surrounding neighborhoods. Park Rangers will also be in full force, ensuring safety within the park.

Traffic Control Officers and Parking Control Officers: There will be Parking Control Officers ticketing and towing vehicles that are illegally parked in residential and commercial corridors (i.e. blocking driveways) and Traffic Control Officers enforcing street closures and facilitating the flow of traffic.

Zero Tolerance for Unpermitted Booths and Concessions: Commercial, unpermitted concessions will not be allowed in Golden Gate Park or surrounding public spaces.

Litter abatement and bathroom facilities: DPW will temporarily install portable bathroom facilities on Waller & Stanyan for public use. Recreation and Parks will put out temporary trash, recycling and compost receptacles throughout the park. Recreation and Parks staff and volunteers will do a sweep of the park in the late afternoon and the following morning. Neighborhood organizations like Taking it to the Streets have also signed to do clean up the following day.

Street Closures & Muni re-routes:
San Francisco Police Department will enforce the following street closures beginning at 10 a.m.:
Haight, Page and Waller streets between Masonic and Stanyan streets
Stanyan Street between Frederick and Oak streets
Shrader Street between Beulah and Waller streets
Oak and Waller streets at Ashbury, Clayton, Shrader, Cole and Belvedere streets
Frederick Street at Shrader Street
Beulah Street at Shrader and Cole street
During the time of street closures, no traffic will be allowed with an exception of Muni buses. Personnel from SFPD may decide additional street closures as crowds grow for public safety.
Beginning at approximately 3 p.m., the following Muni lines and routes will be affected:
N Judah, NX N Express, 6 Parnassus, 7 Haight/Noriega, 7R Haight/Noriega Rapid, 33 Ashbury/18th, 37 Corbett, 43 Masonic

An Experiment in “Traffic Calming?” – Main Entrance of Japantown Parking Garage on Post Closed – “USE GEARY ENTRANCE”

Wednesday, April 6th, 2016

This is how the Post Street side of our old-school, earthquake-unsafe Japan Center Garage looked the other day:

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Not that I care, cause I don’t use this garage, but this will certainly affect traffic in the area, for better or worse.

And I’ll tell you, that sign looks professionally made, so I assume that this entrance will be shut in the future as well, perhaps on weekends or busy times? Just guessing here…

Street Date, Scooter Edition – Two Decades Ago, They’d be on RollerBlades – Two Decades from Now, What Then?

Wednesday, April 6th, 2016

Consarnit, back in the day, Rollerblades were everywhere. They were king. Now, they’re gone.

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Now, it’s the Era of the Scooter…

Lane-Splitting on the Wrong Side of the Yellow Line: How to Travel West on Eastbound Post Street – One Simple Trick!

Tuesday, April 5th, 2016

Does this woman know what she’s doing? I can’t tell. Anyway, she was making her way to the intersection of Post and Webster by using a wrong-way lane. I’ve never seen this:

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So, as a bike rider would feel free to pass cars queued up for a red light on the right side of the lane, she did so on the left side, except the left side in this case was eastbound Post. You can’t do that, Man!

If a car driver did this, s/he inevitably get stuck, but I guess with a scooter you can always nose your way back to where you belong with a quickness, is that the idea?

A dangerous game, IMO…