Posts Tagged ‘target’

Locals Go HONK HONK as General Motors Tests Its “Cruise” Robot Cars Specifically In and Around Construction Zones, These Days, on the Streets of San Francisco

Monday, March 5th, 2018

Here we go – southbound Masonic at Anza. The left turn pocket lane that this robot might have been expecting is now gone, due to the endless construction projects in and around the 3000 feet of Masonic betwixt Fell and Geary, so Mr Roboto patiently waits, doing nothing. There’s a short left turn arrow at the beginning of the cycle at this unusual intersection, but somehow this self-driving car (or its human driver IDK) missed that chance to turn so it had to wait like 30 seconds blocking southbound Masonic’s “fast” lane:

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Not that that’s agin the rules or anything, but blocked drivers honk-honked nevertheless.

Man, look at all the ppl riding around in these cars these days:

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And actually, if I did miss the left arrow phase, which I wouldn’t have, I wouldn’t then wait so far back for my second chance at making a left as my light went amber – no no, I’d firmly get into the intersection to show my intentions of going left, for one thing.

I’d agree that It Aint Easy To Drive In Frisco and I’ll note that it seems that GM’s finishing school for robot cars appears to have a tough curriculum, what with all the Cruises I see cruising by / stopping at construction sites these days. But…

Why Can’t Cruisey Drive?

Trouble with the Two Traffic Signals Paid for by City Center Mall on Masonic – One at Ewing Terrace, the Other at Anza / O’Farrell

Monday, December 18th, 2017

Here’s Ewing Terrace. It didn’t use to have a signal. Now it has a Target [See Comments] City Center Mall-paid-for signal, actuated by a car sensor pad on Ewing and also any of the four pedestrian button actuators, and as seen here, for no reason at all. How many person-years have been lost already due to MUNI buses stopping for no reason? No one can say:

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Now let’s travel north to O’Farrell, where Cars Go First, to the surprise of peds, with a special Target-Approved green arrow what allows easy left or U turns for southbound drivers to get to Target. And what’s this – you can see a Lexus LS sedan blocking the fast lane of southbound Masonic the better to get to Target quicker:

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And here’s your awkward u-turn, over the double yellow and straight into the Lower Lot:

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Is this illegal? Should it be? IDK.

Anyway, this is what happens when you let Target City Center Mall  / KLA Geary LLC pay a half-million dollars and then give input into decisions formerly exclusively made by traffic engineers, oh well.

SFMTA Forces Pedestrians to Wait as Pickups Turning Left Get Priority – At Recently “Improved” Oak and Baker

Tuesday, December 12th, 2017

So, this truck has priority and then a few seconds later peds may cross:

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This is similar to the design at masonic O’Farrell / Anza and Masonic, where peds also need to wait at the start of the signal, so about three or four drivers (assuming they’re paying attention – if they’re not sometimes only one car makes it through, sadly) can turn. And then when that’s done, peds may cross, not that ppl aren’t confused still, with that odd intersection.

Did I mention that Target paid for the signals at O’Farrell and Masonic? That seems to have had an effect upon design, you know, what with the SFMTA being the political animal it is…

Look What Our SFMTA has Done to the Geary / Masonic Hairball – “Such Lovely Trees” have All Been Given the Chop

Tuesday, June 13th, 2017


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The Tree People are not happy, even though they’ve been promised replacement trees.

I’ll tell you, I can’t exactly see how it’s even remotely possible that whatever SFGov is doing to “improve” this intersection, plus the 3000 feet of Masonic to the south down to Fell, will “transform” this area, oh well.

Anyway, the large stand of old growth street trees what used to be out in front of 5 Masonic (in the triangle where you can see the light blue Mini Cooper) will get some kind of art installation. Will that be an “improvement?” IDK, I guess, for some people.

In the meantime, things are looking pretty bleak up there at windblown Mervyn’s Heights…

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.


Word on the Street: This Star Wars Rey Figure “Looks Like a Man”

Monday, January 2nd, 2017

According to one passerby, in SoMA:


His GF also had a thumbs down. So no sale for these two fans…

Signs of Full Employment in Frisco: MINI MASS HIRE at Target Stores, Saturday, Dec 10th, Noon – 4 PM

Friday, December 9th, 2016

(Ah memories, back when NOPNA tried to say NOPE-NA to City Target West. But even the millionaire landed gentry of the “NOPA” Western Addition shop here now, even though they hate the idea of living so close to a busy Target store. Of course, they’d still kill this operation if they could, but they can’t, so oh well. And oh, prices are higher here at a City Target than a regular Target that you can find down in the Colma Daly City Serramonte area oh well.)

Hey, does Target operate the Starbucks at Geary and Masonic? Sure looks that way:


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:


Bye bye Sears.


Bye bye Mervyns.


CIty Target Mocks Florida: The Global Warming Mug – “Whoa! Where’s Florida?”

Tuesday, October 18th, 2016

I think they’re cheating a bit on the colors, but point made, Target Mug:


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.


“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.