Posts Tagged ‘sunset’

WINTER IS COMING to the Sunset District: “FULL ROADWAY CLOSURE” for Kezar Drive Begins June 23rd – Grinding and Repaving

Monday, June 16th, 2014

[UPDATE: The mystery, she is solved – this closure will be at night only.]

Uh, is Kezar Drive going to be totally shut down 24-7 for weeks starting next week?

I think so. Here’s the ominous sign:

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So here’s something I didn’t know:

Kezar Drive is scenic, but bumpy

Actually, it’s not scenic at all, but no matter, ’cause apparently it’s “bumpy?”

So who’s the poster child for this particular issue? Comes now Sunset District resident Wesley Dere:

“Sunset District resident Wesley Dere watches cars navigate bumpy Kezar Drive. Dere says his car has been knocked out of alignment twice.” 

So this is nice because we’ve got the word “says” in there. (Like, “Fisherman Buford McGee says he was abducted by Martians.”) But, oh man, if the alignment on your Impala has gotten “knocked out” twice by Kezar Drive, then there’s something wrong with you, the owner-operator of said Impala.

Who, oh who, will solve this problem for us? Well guess what - London Claus is coming to town with a grand gift for the residents of the western reaches of District Five, Supervisor London Breed is Fixing Kezar Drive:

“I am very happy to report that after some rather insistent lobbying from our office, the Department of Public Works has identified funding to grind and repave Kezar Drive, the street that connects Lincoln to Oak and Fell. This is a major East-West artery that has been left crumbling for years. My office navigated a bureaucratic maze to see this project through (the road is technically Rec and Park’s responsibility and is somehow ineligible for most paving funding sources). Now it looks like we will have a smooth road by the end of June.”

Well, substitute “July” for June, but this thing is a “go.”

So, who deserves the credit for this grand gift? IMO, credit should go to the little elves, all those tax- and fee-payers who did the work that got taxed and fee’d enough to provide the funding to pay for this project. OTOH, in the opinion of the Office of London Breed, credit should go to London Claus. As always, You Make The Call, Gentle Reader.

Now I suppose it’s good to pave roads, but this looks like a Cadillac solution to a Chevy kind of problem, this looks like weeks (or months?) of trouble for Our Neighbors In The Sunset, those poor souls out there in San Francisco County, all for sake of letting Wesley Dere’s Chevrolet slide.

Of course I don’t really care about all this, not really, as I’m not likely to be affected and I wouldn’t care even if I had to deal with this each and every day. I’ll note that the grid’s ability to recover from temporarily losing the use of this choke point has been degraded over the recent years, so Waller’s not going to be an option and “cutting through” the Music Concourse isn’t going to be an option and yada yada.

Perhaps Kezar really is in bad bad shape and I just don’t notice because my aging Toyota had unfashionably small wheels even when it was new and, you know, the City and County should go out of its way to accommodate drivers with 22 inch wheels and 30-profile tires.

Perhaps. I just don’t know how a regular town, one without district elections, would handle* something like Kezar Drive…

*And I also wonder if other towns would try to post something on the Internet once it’s decided to do something, as this electronic sign was my only clue about this big news.

STINGER:

Alvord Lake Bridge is not a bridge, it’s a pedestrian tunnel. Discuss. Oh, I’ll start – it’s wider than it is long, so how many bridges fit that bill?

Alvord Lake isn’t a lake, it’s a very small pond, smaller than some koi ponds people have in the backyard. Discuss

Inbound Kezar Drive should have two lanes instead of just the one in the area of Alvord Lake Bridge. Make It So. Oh, what’s that? No, I don’t care, just make it so.

UCSF Architecture Update: One of These Things is Not Like the Other – Spot the “CIRM Worm”

Thursday, June 12th, 2014

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All the deets.

OMG, These Stupid Experimental Pedestrian Warning Lights are Still Operating at Yorba And Sunset? Who Is To Blame?

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

I’ve heard the local nonprofit-government complex call these unusual pedestrian-activated flashing yellow lights “HAWK Beacons,” but they don’t look like what’s in Wiki.

See? They’re still there:

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These signals only flash yellow, unlike the examples of HAWKs I’ve seen on the web.

Who approved these signals? What was the intent? Was it to save money? Was it to spend money? Why didn’t SF put in traditional lights a long time ago?

And is this crazy set-up* a factor for the DA to keep in mind when deciding how to handle accidents? Well, I’ll answer this one:

Oh Hell Yes.

San Franciscans obvs. can’t handle having a single simple freeway taking traffic from the south up north towards the Golden Gate Bridge, so Sunset Boulevard (or Parkway or whatever people cal it) is part of the solution. But it hasn’t been managed properly.

That is the fault of whom?

IDK.

*I can’t think of a situation where a vehicle vs. ped collision at this intersection could be the fault of the ped, unless the ped had been running in the crosswalk. So you end up with a dead ped and a driver who’s legally at fault – is that a good situation?

 

A Dirty Harry Situation Out in the Outer Sunset – Dead Pool of the Avenues – Don’t Let This Mini Motorcycle Under Your Car!

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

I had to back my Olds 98 into a Rockford Files-style J-turn and then haul  all the way to La Playa, for fear of this possible assassination attempt:

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After all, Safety First – you can’t be too careful out there on the mean streets* of San Francisco.

*And Avenues…

A Parkside Mystery in the Farthest Reaches of San Francisco County: Is This a Front Yard or a Taxi Yard?

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

That’s what some San Francisco City folks ask when they visit SF County.

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The San Francisco Equivalent of Parking on the Lawn: Putting the Park Back Into the Parkside

Friday, May 30th, 2014

In the wild, wild west part of San Francisco County, people have been paving over their front yards for parking space.

Thusly:

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Now is this kind of thing kosher?

Sometimes not.

To wit:

It’s illegal to pave over your yard, but it’s pretty widely ignored, and people do it with impunity.”

The process of getting homeowners to comply is “complaint driven,” which means nobody has the will to enforce Da Law Out West, oh well.

Heavy-Lift Military Vehicles Invade the Outer Sunset District – Parked Hither and Yon All the Time

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

Somebody uses this rig for something, I guess.

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There are other big rigs parked out near Sunset Boulevard as well, of course.

The Horribly Ineffective HAWK Traffic Lights of Sunset Avenue

Monday, May 26th, 2014

These ridiculous yellow lights are gone now, after the latest death.

Do you think the people who’ve died would have been better off ignoring the button controlling this light and simply looking out for traffic?

I do.

Now that this experiment has been torn out, let’s look back:

To reduce bewilderment, extensive driver re-education has been recommended

UPDATE: Apparently, these lights only flashed yellow and never flashed red, I guess. Regular HAWK beacons go red for traffic when it’s time for peds to cross, but not these special lights at Yorba and Sunset?

How Old People Have Fun in the Outer Sunset: Posing for Photos – As Seen at 46th and Judah

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

Look up this photo yourself on the street view, if you want. This is right across the street from Trouble Coffee:

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He held this pose for a while.

Now let’s travel to Europe, where this kind of thing has gotten out of hand:

They had heard the mapping vehicle was in their tiny town that day, so they set up lounge chairs to sit while waiting. The whole sequence of photos is amusing. You should check it out, Gentle Reader

The Somnolent Outer Sunset “La Playa” Shows Signs of Life – Fewer Boarded Up Windows – $5 Large Pizza, $4 Toast

Friday, April 4th, 2014

Here’s a shot from the 4000 block of Judah betwixt 45th and 46th avenues.

Man this place is bleak, no matter what you call it. But it’s between Ocean Beach and city part of San Francisco so it’s not a bad place for a coffee shop, I s’pose.

Hey look, one of the boarded up businesses is getting worked on, right there at 45th:

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But whoops, that former gas station / car service station has been sitting empty for a long while.

On the other side of the street is a rare San Francisco 7-11 featuring $5 large pizza.

This place is what it is, I don’t see the point of the gov’mint trying to change it.

Anyway, read the link above and see if some people aren’t being a tad optimistic…