Posts Tagged ‘sunday streets’

The Fast-Moving Cars of Sunday Streets 2014 – Boy, There Were a Lot of People Driving Around This Go-Around

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

Just saying.

Dude here was driving up Fillmore like it was just another Sunday, going at about 15 MPH. This was on the McDonalds block, which was empty of anything to do with Sunday Streets, so it might have been hard for the driver to know anything special was going on.

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Is Sunday Streets dying?

When “City Family” Workers Kill People Using SFGov Trucks, It’s Not Usually With DPW Street Sweepers, Right? Blaming Victims

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

So why did DPW use a slow, heavy street sweeper in its recent Sunday Streets blame-the-victim life-size diorama

I know not

Official SFGov DPW Life-Size Diorama at Sunday Streets Blames Cyclists for Accidents with Street Sweepers

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

So I guess DPW goes to Sunday Streets to promote itself?

OK fine, but what in the Hell is this at the recent debut of the very chilly/windy Sunday Streets The Richmond District?? Is it a life-size diorama of the aftermath of an imaginary DPW street-sweeper vs. bike collision that happens to be the cyclists fault?

Click to expand – oh my Lumix camera doesn’t have safety shift turned on from the factory?  News to me – I’m used to cameras what adjust exposure more better. Anyway, this shot was overexposed by about three stops, sorry.

So DPW, I know what you’re trying to do, but you’re doing it wrong.

D5 Supervisor Candidate Julian Davis to Star at Sunday Streets Western Addition, September 9th, 2012, 11AM to 4PM

Wednesday, September 5th, 2012

I mean, I assume.

Leave us review:

If you voted for Ed Lee for Mayor, your choice for the next D5 Supervisor is London Breed.*

OTOH, if you voted against Ed Lee for Mayor, your choice for the next D5 Supervisor is Julian Davis. Throw in a couple other choices if you want, but make sure neither one is London Breed or Interim Supervisor and Total Sellout Christine Olague. (Or should I say Christine “8 Washington” Olague? Or should I say Christine “Perjurer Accomplice” Olague?)

Easy Peasy.

Come out and say hi to Julian, I’m sure he’ll be there, this Sunday:

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Hey, is PG&E a “Sponsor” of this event, on September 9th, 2012, the two year anniversary of PG&E’s San Bruno Pipeline Explosion, the one that killed eight souls? I think so.

(I wish San Francisco had just an average kind of utility monopoly instead of motherfucking PG&E. Speaking of which,  a while back they inquired about how much it would cost to advertise some PR campaign on this tiny blog. I was like GTFO – I ignored it. Interestingly, presented with a similar offer, the San Francisco Bay Guardian said bring it, and so then PGE’s signature blue banner ads started appearing at SFBG.com, I’m seriously. Ah memories. )

Anyway, see you at Sunday Streets Western Addition 2012.

*I’m sure he’d be delighted to have her on board. Now, she’s a little PO’ed these days about how she kind of got screwed over by Interim Mayor Ed Lee earlier this year, oh and by Willie Brown and Rose Pak and all, but  I’m sure Mayor Lee and his minders would adapt to London’s election swimmingly. (Of course Ed Lie said he would stay out of this particular race and of course now he’s now picking sides in D5, you know, just a few months later, but he also said he wouldn’t run for Mayor. In fact that’s why he became Interim Mayor, based on that other promise. Hence the sobriquet Ed Lie.) Anyway, Republican billionaire Ron Conway threw her a few bucks a little while ago – that’s telling, IMO. Oh, and DiFi just endorsed her, and you can’t get any more Establishment than DiFi I don’t think. 

San Francisco Briefly Freaks Out Over Unannounced Siren Test for the End of Sunday Streets 2012?

Sunday, August 26th, 2012

Looks as if we got our weekly Tuesday Noon Siren Test in early when some of San Francisco’s emergency sirens went off today at 3:45PM to … mark the end of Sunday Streets Chinatown?

Take a look:

The siren signified the end of Sunday Streets this week in Chinatown. We apologize for any concern.”

So more than just the one siren went off and that was the mistake?

Why should our City Family be horsing around with the emergency sirens in the first place?

So we should call them San Francisco’s Emergency/End of Sunday Streets sirens?

Anyway, it sounded like this:

Here’s an update from Tom Prete of Ocean Beach Bulletin:

“A siren from San Francisco’s Outdoor Public Warning System sounded at about 3:45 p.m. Sunday, but a City Twitter account stated that the siren was activated accidentally.”

And here comes Johnny-come-lately AlertSF.org:

“The sirens were activated citywide inadvertently this afternoon. There is no emergency in San Francisco.

Thank you,
Alert SF”

A Modest Proposal: “Sunday Streets Treasure Island” – Next Time the Bay Bridge Shuts Down – Just Walk to TI!

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

So, if this is worth doing on the western span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge

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…why not let’s have a Sunday Streets on the western span the next time Caltrans or whoever does work on the eastern span, you know, the next time they shut down the bridge over a three-day weekend.

Then people could walk or ride their bikes to islands Yerba Buena and Treasure, if only for one day.

So sure, leave a lane or two open on the western span for TI residents to escape the isles and for trucks to service the eastern span. And maybe Homeland Security could have a few snipers around in case a sleeper cell tried to attack the main suspension cables.

But that’s it, that’s all we’d need to do.

All right, make it so.  

Justin Herman Plaza Update: 2011 Had OccupySF, Opposing Bank of America, But 2012 Has “Bank of America Sunday Streets”

Monday, March 12th, 2012

2011:

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And this was yesterday during the kick-off of “Bank of America Sunday Streets* 2012″

You see, back in 2011, we opposed Bank of America, but now everything’s A-OK, it would seem.

2011 was bad for BofA, but spending a few thousand dollars on Sunday Streets makes up for that, the thinking goes.

“Financial partners include… PG&E, Lennar, Park Merced…”

Oh well.

*Kind of lackluster, actually. People don’t seem to care as much about this event as much anymore. It’s become more kind of a private-public, corporatist, corporate sell-out these days. Anyway, you can see some of its tents on the left and a few cyclists going past the Ferry Building, if you look hard enough.

Sunday Streets Chinatown a Modified Success – Sunny Skies – Brought to You by PG&E, “City Family”

Sunday, September 18th, 2011

I don’t know, there were lots of people out there, so that was good.

On the other hand, this no-cars-allowed “Walking Streets” event was brought to you by PG&E, the company what just blew up eight people a year ago and then lied about the circumstances of that these past 12 months.

I’m still not sure what the point was for this “walking-oriented” Sunday Streets but oh well.

Here’s the beginning, at Bush and Grant “Avenue.” (Note Chiu-bacca and red-shirted handler spreading the word of the mayoral candidacy of Board of Supervisors President David Chiu.)

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And the middle, featuring a wealth of counterfeit goods on sale, and T-shirts for $2.88, just like any other day:

And here’s the end, with pretty much all the whimsy I could find today. (In aggravation, a NIMBY group was using this same very block to recruit more NIMBYs.)

That’s it.

Thanks, PG&E, I guess.

The Chinatown-North Beach Walking Street event is made possible by the lead sponsorship of Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E) with additional support from State Farm Insurance. Other Sunday Streets sponsors include Bank of America (Lead Sponsor for the 2011 Sunday Streets Season), AT&T, Bay Area Air Quality Management District, Kaiser Permanente, California Pacific Medical Center, UCSF, Shape Up, The California Endowment, Bi Rite Market, REI, Sports Basement, Mikes Bikes, Bike & Roll, Bay City Bikes, and Blazing Saddles, along with in-kind support from the American Red Cross, Bay Area, City CarShare and media sponsors SF Examiner, Clear Channel and Scoutmob.”

 

  • Ping Pong Tournament 9 to 11:30 (Waverly Place)
  • Activities for kids by Chinatown YMCA 11:30-4 (Waverly Place)
  • Chalk art, Kai Ming Head Start, Experience Corps (Commercial Alley)
  • Art in Kerouac Alley
  • Poetry readings – Grant near Vallejo
  • Freedom from Training Wheels (Grant & Green) and free Valet Bike parking by SFBC (Vallejo & Grant, and Portsmouth Square)
  • Kids arts and crafts by Emerald Tablet & North Beach Merchants (Fresno Alley)
  • Climate Change Education and Department of Environment host kids activities (Fresno Alley)
  • Bike presentation sponsored by The New Wheel (Grant & Vallejo)
  • Magician performance and childrens activities 1400 block Grant – sponsored by Carmel Blue, Schein and Schein
  • Food sampling and cooking demonstrations – 1500 block Grant – sponsored by Little Vine
  • Pet area – Grant and Lombard – sponsored by Jeffrey’s Pet Store
  • Clown show – 1500 block Grant – sponsored by Macchiarini Design
  • Zumba dance exercise – Coit Tower, 11-1
  • SF Recovery Theater  - Coit Tower 1:15-2
  • Supervisor’s Rock with DND Band at Coit Tower, 2-4

Is Sunday Streets Just a Front for Livable City, Whatever That Is? Sure Looks That Way.

Sunday, July 24th, 2011

[UPDATE: Appears as if http://twitter.com/SFSundayStreets is no more, as of today, July 25th, 2011. Was it something I said? Perhaps. Was this account authored by a robot? Was there some profit to be had by somebody somehow, like some donations via a so-called secure website? I don't know. It's a mystery to me.]

[UPDATE II, 7-28-2011: The bogus account came back under a new name. One imagines that Twitter will be deleting it, all 76,000 entries of it, post-haste.]

I suppose there’s nothing holding back anybody from Tweeting as much as physically possible, you know, like if somebody challenged you to see how many four-word Tweets you could broadcast in five minutes, something like that.

As here, where SFSundayStreets chose a Sunday evening to just go Twitter crazy.

And for what purpose? To get donations for Livable City? (How much would you pay for more joy in your life?)

But it turns out that joy involves a NIMBYish attention to details, like telling bidness how tall their ceilings should be. And how to store nighttime security grates.

Security gates or shutters for closed stores should be open grillework rather than solid metal, and should fold away from view when the stores are open. High ceilings on non-residential ground floors create attractive, light-filled spaces that can accommodate a variety of uses. They also lift the first residential floor a few feet further from the street, which makes that housing more livable. Ground floor ceiling heights of around 14′ should be required for non-residential uses…”

Why is Sunday Streets connected with this kind of effort?

Don’t know.

Anyway, step one is to delete SFSundayStreets from my overloaded Twitter. Guess I’ll make do with plain old http://twitter.com/#!/SundayStreets, which manages to get by with couple hundred Tweets per year (as opposed to 76k(!).)

Why there should be both a SundayStreets and a SFSundayStreets on the Twitter to promote the same series of events, well, that eludes me. Oh well.

All right, adios, SFSundayStreets and your 200 Tweet per hour bursts.