Posts Tagged ‘sutter’

Does This Existing Bike Rental Business on City Land Compete with This Other Bike Rental Business Also on City Land?

Tuesday, December 19th, 2017

I think the Ford people (with the new blue FordGoBike rentals in the background) would say no and the legacy mom & pops (with regular blue rental bikes in the foreground) would say yes yes yes:

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Now, you’d think that if legacy bike rental outfits had cared about this, they would have gotten noncompete agreements in their contracts – you know within a certain number of feet, SFGov wouldn’t rent out to competing bike rental businesses. Oh that’s right, they did get noncompete agreements.

And yet, look at the photo above. So all this kind of stuff plus the recent rise of new-school dockless “bikeshare” has led to legal conflicts, burbling ‘neath the surface even right now.

And this comes after local authoritahs have spent EIGHT FIGURES on establishing (now) old-school docked “bikeshare.”

Oh well.

So look forward to reports of at least a partial resolution of these disputes in 2018. (Of course, everybody would admit that there’s at least some overlap in these business models, the question is how much.)

And in the meantime, the Ford people push onward, trying to go nearer to the Fish Wharf (which is a totally obvious place for a bike rental biz to be) and inside the Heart of the Mission (betwixt Hipster Mission and SFGH) and westward, ever westward, maybe even past Masonic – of course doing all these things by now was already baked into the cake. but you know, for the Ford people, mo $ = mo problems, in 2017 anyway.

And speaking of whom, maybe some of them, those making just $16.13 an hour, barely above minimum, will get a raise in 2018. (This is considered “living wages” by some (some people living outside of Frisco,  of course) so that’s what the Ford PR ppl crow about, but actually, $16.13 aint a living wage in SF, and also actually, this would be considered a living wage by those out-of-state pencil pushers only for certain people, those without dependents, for example.)

Anyway, that’s the update. I’ll tell you, this Gen X’er was surprised to see these govt-sanctioned bike rental outfits cattywampus across the street from each other the other day, hence this post.


Hinodeya Ramen: It’s Hot – A Lively Scene at Japantown’s Otherwise Somnolent Osaka Way / Buchanan Street

Friday, November 24th, 2017

Four stars on Yelp:

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Giant Fake Victorian Kiosk at Sutter and Market is Back to Work After Getting Taken Out by an SFMTA Taxi

Friday, September 9th, 2016

See it on the left there – they’re still working on it:


I’m sure we’re all happy that it’s back, except what does it do? Nothing? So why do we have it there? Oh, to pay for a public bathroom, except where is it?

This crazy, cheesy, steampunk bathroom/ad contract should NOT be renewed…

Matchbox Car IRL: Porsche, Yellow, #6

Thursday, January 1st, 2015

As seen on Sutter:

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Strut, Western Addition

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

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What’s Across the Street from Sweet Maple? Sweet Lime, Natch – Both Have Four Yelp Stars – How Sweet It Is

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

Sweet Lime – 2100 Sutter: 

Sweet Maple – 2101 Sutter:

Isn’t it ironic, dontcha think?

It’s like rain on your wedding day
It’s a free ride when you’ve already paid

Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Coming to the Regency Ballroom on November 9th, 2013 – See Them for $150

Monday, October 28th, 2013

Al the deets:

“Join Hillary Clinton and Chelsea Clinton, Millennium Network San Francisco, The Regency Ballroom | 1290 Sutter St | San Francisco, CA | 7PM – 10PM”

“Special Guests Patrick Dempsey and Rashida Jones

To purchase tickets visit  

Ticket levels:

General Admission: $150 per person (general admission, open bar)

Friend: $500 per person (preferred viewing and meet & greet with a Special Guest)

Casual/festive attire.  Open bar.  21 and over only.”

The Foot of Sutter Street at Market Looks Like This All the Time – People Need to Hop Over the Wet Muck – Why?

Friday, August 16th, 2013

Not just on rainy days, this is the way it looks all the time.

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CW Nevius Gets It Done! A Few Words From His Now-Paywalled Column Stirs Government Workers Into Action – Or Not

Friday, June 21st, 2013

You know, San Francisco columnist CW Nevius used to complain about all the people commenting underneath his writings. In fact, he would dedicate some of his bits to rip on all the uncouths who dared contradict his conclusions.

(I’ll bet he misses those days now, he misses the time when he had hundreds and hundreds of commenters on SFGate instead of just a handful on the Chronicle website.)

Anyway, here’s the latest, about a BART / SFMTA / MUNI entrance near the intersection of Sutter and Sansome:

A sign on the barrier said the portal would be closed until June 4. When that date passed, a commuter added a sign that said: “Or whenever we get around to it.” The date was then changed to June 21.”

But Nevius got BART to change the sign to say that the opening date was pushed up to June 20th. See? Here’s how it looked the morning of 6/20:

And here’s the same location on the afternoon of 6/20:

Oh Nevius, when will all your incessant source greasing and beat sweetening pay off?

If You Want To Be a San Francisco Bike Messenger, You Must, Simply Must, Wear a Black T-Shirt

Friday, March 8th, 2013


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The Wall, Sutter and Sansome, San Francisco, USA, 94104