Posts Tagged ‘tenderloin’

Wow, That was Fast: Here’s the New Bike Lane on the Twitterloin Part of Golden Gate Avenue – Lots of Congestion Already

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016

So I heard that the beginning part of Golden Gate in the ‘Loin, the Tender / Twitter -loin, was going to get a bike lane just a few weeks back. And I says to myself, I says, “I better check it out afore things change.” And I did but then I thought, no, neighboring McAllister is a much better way to travel inbound, even though our SFMTA / DPW just recently rejiggered the traffic lights in front of the troubled Hibernia Bank Building most unhelpfully.*

But then a week later, I saw this – it’s just a paint job, for now:

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Speaking of signal timing, I think you’d really need to hustle to make the green lights. I’ll be satisfied to be delayed by just one red light from Polk to Market – prolly the one at Hyde Leavenworth.

Anyway, speaking of that area, drivers turning right from GG onto Hyde just might get in your way. A lot. We’ll see how this works out.

Oh, and here we go – on the same day, just by coincidence, I came through in a car. Lots of backed up traffic, as one might expect, oh well. See the pedestrian timer? The light turned red soon after and it was stop and go at each intersection even though traffic was not backed up at the intersection with Market, oh well:

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So now Golden Gate seems more like the foot of troubled 6th Street, which is the SoMA street what GG feeds into.

IDK, maybe I’ll start using this part of GG every day. The new bike lane is in beta, more or less, so we’re not yet aware of all its issues.

Well see…

*So they take the trouble to make the foot of McAllister a two-way street and things seemed to be working out, but then they make the intersection with Market a mess with blocked #5 Fultons all over. Perhaps this is due to nearby construction? Our SFMTA has a real problem with traffic light timing – it’s like it doesn’t care a whit. The SFMTA isn’t a safety organization, it’s an un-safety organization. This isn’t a money problem, it’s a management problem. Sry.

Eilifint Bhan: Famous HIBERNIA BANK White Elephant Still Milky, Elephantine – “ENTIRE BUILDING FOR LEASE”

Monday, May 23rd, 2016

IDK, man. I’m not the designated cheerleader for the Twitterloin, so I’ll not be waving my pom-poms yet for this latest sign of the long-promised “rebirth” of the Tenderloin.

Anyway, it sat empty before and it’s sitting empty now. See?

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It would have been a lot better to have had this beast ready to rent back in 2013, you know, due to the hubris. But who will rent this place in 2016?

We’ll see…

How to Safely Make Your Way About Our Troubled Twitterloin: Getting Towed by a Pit Bill

Friday, May 20th, 2016

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Irish Flags Fail to Drum Up Interest in the Twitterloin’s Hibernia Bank: “Entire Building For Lease, Entire Building For Lease”

Thursday, April 28th, 2016

All the deets from Peter Lawrence Kane

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But at least this building isn’t falling apart on the sidewalk anymore. Leave us travel all the way back to aught-nine:

 

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See where some bricks used to be, way up high?

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Here’s where some of them landed on the sidewalk of the west side of Jones Street:

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Do you ever want worried-looking police captains and firefighting battalion chiefs hanging out in front of your building in front of yellow tape? No, you do not:

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It was bird poo what hurt drainage what then caused damage to the building causing pieces to fall – that was the “pigeon theory” back in 2009.

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Ah, memories:

“…Hibernia Bank at 1 Jones Street, completed in 1892, was exceptionally advanced, not only for San Francisco but for the country at large. It appeared a year before the Chicago Columbian Exposition swept the nation with renewed appreciation for classical grandeur and order. With its crisp and dignified detailing, its scholarly composition and white Sierra granite walls, capped with a then-gilded dome, the bank appeared like a manifesto near the incoherent City Hall and the adjacent jumble of brick and wood commercial structures. Architect and Engineer reflected in 1909 that “the (Hibernia Bank) became famous at once and marked an epoch in San Francisco architecture and placed its designer in the forefront of his profession, where he has remained ever since. The building from the first to last shows no sign whatever of immaturity.”

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SFPD Arresting Shoplifters at the Mall: For Some Reason, This is a BIG Issue in the Twitterloin, But a NOTHINGBURGER at City Target West

Friday, February 19th, 2016

Shoplifters, like this one

in the Twitterloin District are a big concern.

Yet, a scene like this a few miles to the west raises…

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NO hackles at all.

Why’s that?

IDK, but Out West, out in the Western Addition, SFGov doesn’t spend eight figures a year on non-profits so there aren’t any “organizers” to “organize” against the functioning of the SFPD?

Generally speaking, residents to the west of the Twitterloin don’t want to micromanage the SFPD, for whatever reason…

New Podcast from KALW: “THE INTERSECTION is a six-episode portrait of one Tenderloin corner: Golden Gate Avenue & Leavenworth Street”

Thursday, January 14th, 2016

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“HELLO, welcome to THE INTERSECTION. The new podcast from KALW, which explores change in the Bay Area, launches today.

Season 1 of THE INTERSECTION is a six-episode portrait of one Tenderloin corner: Golden Gate Avenue & Leavenworth Street. SF’s poorest neighborhood has a reputation for crime, drugs and poverty, but it actually has the city’s highest density of kids, seniors and the unhoused.

Listen to the first episode about being homeless and finding a home in the tightest real estate markets in the country.

Read the press release for more information about the project and the corner or check out the website.

Also see this effort from 2014, regarding Jerrold and 3rd Street.

Twitterloin Update: “VILLA AROMA,” Where Something Smells – Recalling SFChron’s “DIARY OF A SEX SLAVE” Brouhaha of 2006

Tuesday, October 6th, 2015

As always, start with the Yelp:

“There is a certain je-ne-sais-quoi, a special sort of class, that imbues a neighborhood when it is sporting its very own windowless massage parlor with neon lights and a locked gate even during business hours (ring bell for admittance–I guess they don’t take walk-ins). The “carvings” on the wall seem to be intended to be reminiscent of something Roman.”

Here’s this place today in 2015:

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And now let’s learn about how things were back in aught-six, via the San Francisco Chronicle:

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DIARY OF A SEX SLAVE PT. 4

IIRC, this series was the talk of the town. Even back then, it was unusual for a newspaper to devote so many resources on one basic story.

And the story itself was single-sourced for the most part – it seemed as if the Chron simply assumed that everything the subject said about the journey from There to Here was true. Oh well.

Anyway, right from the get-go, the Chron started pulling back a bit, getting rid of photos what were “too sexy,” or something, IIRC.

And then came the blowback, hoo boy. This forgotten webpage has the deets:

“Instead of educating Chronicle readers about the cultural background of South Korea, the world’s 10th largest economy, the “Diary” series dwells at length, and with questionable purpose, on the titillating details of one individual’s forced sex acts and non-typical family history. The Chronicle series includes many cultural inaccuracies and paints a distorted picture of Busan, South Korea’s second-largest city. Busan is an international coastal resort known for its open-air seafood — not sex — markets, and as host of the annual International Film Festival, the largest such event in Asia.”

Oh, here it is, the full Monty, blow-backwise. (And the non-SFGate version is here.)

Oh, scratch that, oh here it is, the Great Concessions:

Among the promises won, the San Francisco Chronicle (owned by the New York-based Hearst Corporation) pledged “in principle” not to syndicate the series, to provide the community more “constructive coverage” and access to the paper, and to continue a dialogue with the community to improve development of stories and their sources. Kim herself remained cautious, however: “We need to maintain a vigilant posture to ensure that there is, in fact, meaningful follow-through based on our initial meeting.” “[The syndication] was of utmost concern to our community members, as we feel the culturally damaging impact would be magnified,” emphasized Kim. ”We had also pointed out to the Chronicle’s management that based on the underlying facts of this case, there is a clear legal case to be made for racial bias,” said Kim.

Now, I may be just a simple hyperchicken, but I don’t think you can sue the Chron in a “legal case” for “racial bias” just because you don’t like one of its stories. Or if you do, you’ll get hit with an anti-SLAPP motion what will suspend your discovery process cold, and then make you wish you never ever sued the Chronicle, like the hardest work for the Chron’s attorneys would be proving up the $50,000 in attorney’s fees that you’ll end up paying to the Chron for bringing your nonsensical suit, for “racial bias.”

Or something like that.

Anyway, that’s what I think about whenever I pass by the Twitterloin’s  Villa “Aroma,” where something smells, even today…

It Takes A Village (of SFPD Officers) to Make San Francisco’s Mayor Brave Enough to Walk About the Twitterloin

Wednesday, September 9th, 2015

Hidden away around the corner on Market, ready to pounce on whatever needs pouncing upon, and beating upon, you know, if necessary. Otherwise, Mr. Mayor is free to wander about, footloose and fancy-free. As seen a couple years back, during one of the Twitterloin’s many, many recent renaissances

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If You Think BROWN IS THE NEW GREEN During Our Great Drought, Get This Free Sign from Our SFPUC

Friday, April 17th, 2015

If you want to do something about the North American Drought of 2012 – 20xx, you can always drop by at our expensive SFPUC building in the western Twitterloin:

“Signage is available for pick-up at the SFPUC Customer Service Center, 525 Golden Gate Avenue, 1st Floor. Request larger quantities by email landscape@sfwater.org”

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San Francisco Catches Antman Fever: “Marvel’s Ant-Man – Trailer 1” – Filmed On Location, Sort Of, Last Year

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

Oh, now I get it – San Francisco-based Ant-Man, he’s just a little guy!

Some of the the time, anyway:

Boy, this looks like it’s the start of an extremely generic super-hero series.

But prove me wrong, Marvel.

Prove me wrong.