Posts Tagged ‘terrace’

A #21 Hayes High Atop the Hayes Street Cut – If You Can’t Afford a Tunnel – If You Think Hayes is Steep Now…

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

The sidewalk shows how steep Hayes was before The Cut:

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Happy Birthday to the “Hayes Street Cut” in Alamo Square – 100 Years Old – Less Climbing for the #21 Hayes Bus

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

If you look at Hayes betwixt Pierce and Scott, you can see why the Hayes Street Cut exists.

And then you Google it to reveal:

“Hayes Street Cut: In order to re establish direct car service to the Hayes Street district north of the Panhandle* it is necessary to provide a lower grade between Pierce and Scott Streets And by a cut of 15 ft across the plateau at Pierce Street the maximum grade may be reduced from 14.6 to 10.9 (See Fig 72) which is within reasonable limits for electric equipment If a terraced arrangement is used with half the cut in the roadway and half in the walkway the cost for retaining walls will be considerably less than if the cut is extended full depth between property lines.”

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And here’s the San Francisco Call from 1910:

“All matters connected with the proposed Hayes street cut were put over until next week. The committee received the works board’s report that the improvement would cost the city $54,000.”

Now of course many parts of SF have been regraded over the years, but what makes the Hayes Street Cut the Hayes Street Cut is that the City accommodated the already partially-developed area. Nobody wanted to mess with private land south of Hayes. So people figured regrading the street while leaving the sidewalks mostly intact was the cheap solution. Terracing = less digging.

Here you go, the HAYES STREET PROFILE:

(I’ll note that the HSC makes the annual Bay to Breakers fun-run** easier on the competitors, as you can see.)

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, HAYES STREET CUT!

*We use the phrase NoPA these days, except that back then “north of the Panhandle” meant the area farther west, not that the real estate ladies of the 94117 would give a care about that.

**Hayes Street is NOT the highest part of the B2B course, despite what the MSM tells us every year. In fact, the highest part of the B2B is on JFK Drive at the foot of Rainbow Falls in Golden Gate Park. The More You Know…

Scenes from the SFPD Crime Scene at 125 Crown Terrace

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

Sarge to foreman with iPhone: “Get the contractor on the phone right now.”

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DBI inspector on Graystone Terrace:

Was this crime scene tape merited? Maybe we’ll find out someday

Maybe we won’t find out ever…

The Horrible Pedestrians of Masonic Avenue – See How They Run – A Darwin Award Loser

Monday, July 30th, 2012

Here’s how some people cross six lanes of Masonic at Ewing Terrace:

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Now, is this kind of thing legal? Well sure, if you’re walking – this could be one of those unmarked crosswalk deals.

But it’s not legal to cross here if you’re running. Sorry pedestrian.

(Our FUBARed beyond all reason SFMTA has a plan to put a traffic light in here whenever it can get its grand mal Masonic Street Design off the ground.)

Now a little further up the hill, we lost a ped who was similarly jaywalking earlier this year. I guess we could blame accidents like that the 30 MPH speed limit in front of Trader Joe’s, but that’s not how I’d look at it.

I’d look at it by trying to get inside the peds’ heads to try to think of a way to get them to not kill themselves.

Oh well.

Masonic Avenue Street Design Study

Engineering hearing on proposed changes, May 13, 2011

Masonic Street Redesign Study final report (PDF)

The survey results from the third community meeting, held on September 30, 2010, at San Francisco Day School (PDF), are available.

About the Project

The primary goal of the Masonic Avenue Street Design Study is to identify how Masonic Avenue between Geary Boulevard and Fell Street can safely and efficiently accommodate the needs of all roadway users, including but not limited to pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and Muni. The project is funded by the San Francisco County Transportation Authority through the Prop K half-cent local transportation sales tax program.

Objectives:

1. Engage representatives of all constituencies within the community who would be impacted by changes to Masonic Avenue including, but not limited to, residents on Masonic Avenue, residents on side-streets, merchants, school representatives, bicyclists, Muni customers and pedestrians.

2. Improve transit operation.

3. Improve pedestrian and non-motorized access to transit.

4. Increase the safety of pedestrian crossings.

5. Increase motorist compliance with traffic rules and regulations.

6. Reduce the number of vehicular collisions, especially those involving pedestrians and bicyclists.

7. Support neighborhood vitality by creating a more inviting and accommodating public realm.

Community meeting presentations

The following presentations from the various community meetings are available from the San Francisco Planning Department website:

First community meeting presentation, June 15, 2010, Day School, PDF, 7MB
Second community meeting presentation, Aug. 10, 2010, Day School, PDF, 7MB
Third community meeting presentation, Sept. 30, 2010, Day School, PDF, 6MB

James Shahamiri
415.701.4732
james.shahamiri@sfmta.com

Letting Go in Miraloma Park: What Passes for a Backyard Bird in San Francisco (Hide Your Pets)

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

Just look at this monster, this Raptor from Miraloma Park:

1/6400th of a one second of Life via torbakhopper – click to expand

Craiglist Founder Craig Newmark lives on this same hill but further down, so he gets smaller backyard birds

OccupySF: Is Capitalist and Mayoral Candidate Joanna Rees Part of the 99% or the 1%?

Monday, October 17th, 2011

Here’s the news from Dan Schreiber:

Occupy SF gains support from Joanna Rees

And here’s how close the 99% will ever be able to get to her abode (assuming they don’ t want to risk getting tased with extreme prejudice).

Don’t tase me, bro: 

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[And once you make it past the security guards, you'll still have to deal with the legacy of this street's famous restrictive covenants.]

Actually, some of the 99% get paid what I assume to be something close to minimum wage to carry signs and otherwise sing the praises of Joanna Rees. And you know who pays for that? The taxpayers of the City and County of San Francisco, for some reason:

Somehow this all makes sense…

Joanna Rees Can’t Afford Her Mayoral Run But She CAN Afford a Security Guard To Keep People Off Her Street?

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

Apparently.

Ms. Rees’s problem is money. She has it. (She and her husband, her partner in a venture capital firm that is now being dismantled, live in Presidio Terrace, a gated enclave with uniformed guards.) But she has, as yet, refused to spend it. Though she stands to collect as much as $900,000 in public financing by agreeing to campaign-spending caps, Ms. Rees herself has not yet contributed a single dollar. And under the campaign-spending caps, none of her well-heeled contributors can give more than $500.”

You Shall Not Pass

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Ah yes, Presidio “restrictive covenants” Terrace.

Now, shouldn’t every ”community” be gated?

Sure, why not?

The Sgt. Young SF8 Case is Now the SF1 Case

Tuesday, July 7th, 2009

The San Francisco 8 case regarding the death of John Victor Young in 1971 is now 87.5% finished, so only the fate of final defendant Francisco Torres remains undecided. (These legal proceedings seem to get more attention outside of San Francisco County than inside, so the average resident is still probably ignorant of what the term “SF8″ means.)

Will the famous Bernal Hill slogan need to be updated?

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It’s not easy getting a handle on things, based on what I’ve read. If the deputy AGs can establish a fingerprint match on a lighter, then what does that, by itself, prove about what Francisco Torres was actually doing on August 29, 1971?

To Be Continued…

Sky Terrace – One of San Francisco’s Privately Owned Public Open Spaces

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

Here’s something you haven’t done but you should do: Visit the Sky Terrace atop the Westfield Mall on Market Street. It’s a Privately Owned Public Open Space, so the Man has to let you up there whether he likes it or not.

Hey, why not visit all the POPOS in San Francisco by using this well-researched guide from the people at SPUR and this handy map from the San Francisco Chronicle’s John King and Marcus Chan?

Here it is, featuring the Emporium Dome. Click to expand:

You’re up fairly high and you get an unusual view of the City:

If you look the right direction, you can forget the past 80 or so years of development. Here you can see UC Hastings College of Law and the highest dome in the Western Hemisphere, San Francisco City Hall:

But is this rooftop retreat hard to find? Not really. If you’re out on the street, just go into 835 Market (right next to the Bong Building), tell the security guard you want to go up to the Sky Terrace, and then you’re up there in no time. If you get hassled, keep yelling, “I knows my rights!” Repeatedly. That ought to do the trick.

Will you want to go back? Maybe, maybe not. A lot of these POPOS places aren’t what you call “destinations” – they’re just places to hang out if you’re around.

Anyway, check it out.

“The new Sky Terrace is the perfect setting for an exclusive and urban rooftop experience. It has a private entrance and overlooks the gorgeous dome and cityscape.

It’s perfect for a VIP lounge, wedding ceremony, film location, reception or intimate dinner.  Combining the Sky Terrace with Under the Dome creates an event that flows in surprising directions.

Up to 300 guests for a cocktail reception, 175 for a sit-down dinner. 3,000+ square feet. Up to 2,500+ guests when spaces are combined.”

See you there!

The Pinkest House in All San Francisco

Friday, December 26th, 2008

Little pink houses are for you and me, of course, but big pink houses are only for those fortunate enough to reside on the private street called Presidio Terrace. (Of course, we have other pink houses in town, but they can be pricey as well.)

Posing in the somewhat Republican 94118 with Congregation Emanu-El‘s 150 foot tall dome. Click to expand

 

Not too long ago, you yourself needed to be pink to own a place there, but things started opening up the past few decades. Google’s little yellow man paid a visit to this street a while back and there were Street Maps images to prove it, but it appears he and his famous Toyota Prius are no longer welcome to come on in, drive around, and take photos of houses.  

How sad!

Oh, but aint that America, for you and me
Aint that America, we’re something to see, baby
Aint that America, home of the free
Little pink houses for you and me