Posts Tagged ‘tree’

Cherry Trees Bloomed in April When You Were Young, But Now You See Blooms All Over Frisco In January – Global Warming? NOPE!

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016

Here’s your view, here’s what you can reliably see all over Frisco these days, typically starting in late January each and every year:

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The problem with comparing these trees to the cherry trees of your youth is that you’re comparing apples to oranges, or IRL, ornamental plums (Prunus cerasifera, you know known and grown for it’s very early flowering) to cherries.

Thank you, drive through.

Our MASONIC AVENUE STREETSCAPE PROJECT is a GO for Mid-2016, Apparently – The Pros and Cons of This Grand Mal Projet

Thursday, January 14th, 2016

Here you go, some non-pdf images that ppl will actually be able to find in six months, you know, after this official link will no longer be working, for whatever reason:

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Y dos:

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Getting Ready for Construction After a multi-year, community-driven planning and design process to create a safer and better Masonic Avenue, the city is pleased to announce that construction on the Masonic Avenue Streetscape Project will begin in mid-2016!

After all the delays, one doesn’t know how the SFMTA knows that it will actually get going. IRL, what the SFMTA is saying here is that it’s PLANNING on getting going in mid-2016 or later. I’d prolly lose any and all exclamation points as well. Also, instead of “community-driven,” I’d read that as SFMTA-driven. As far as safety is concerned, we’ll have to wait and see. The primary effect will be to slow this part of Masonic down down down. In recent years, pedestrian / cyclist deaths on Masonic have been caused by two severely drunk drivers, and one jaywalking pedestrian. So, will this happily-named “Streetscape!” pork-barrel project prevent DUI drivers? Nope, not at all. Will it lessen the bad effects of drunk driving? I srsly doubt it, but we’ll see. And, since this project’s northern border is at Geary, it will necessarily have little to no effect upon jaywalking Trader Joe’s shoppers at the top of the hill area. As far as whether Masonic will become “better,” well that’s debatable. I’ll concede it might be a better street for some. Of course, the SFMTA, being the inefficient political beast it has become, won’t never concede nothing nohow. It won’t even agree to test out how much these changes will slow down traffic, even for one day. What you’d do is cone off the slow lane of inbound Masonic one random morning and then watch the traffic back up and then spend your time explaining away all the consequences. Obviously, the SFMTA doesn’t want to do that, so it makes excuses. Fine. I’d expect nothing else from it.

San Francisco Public Works will be the managing the construction phase and is in the process of hiring a contractor. This project will bring a variety of new features to Masonic Avenue, including a landscaped median, better lighting, an improved sewer system, raised bikeways, bus stop enhancements, and a new public plaza at Geary Boulevard.

It will also take away some things. What are those, SFMTA? Oh, you don’t want to say? OK fine. One of these effects will be a slow down of MUNI on Masonic during the morning and evening drives. But, because they’ll put in some bus shelters, public “access” to transit will be “improved.” This makes no sense. How much will MUNI be slowed? We’ll have to wait and see. And then, the SFMTA will step up a few years later to spend more pork, more of The People’s Money, to “tune-up” Masonic. So that’s a double-win for the SFMTA, even though it’s not clear that the current plan will be a net “improvement.”

These enhancements are all in support of San Francisco’s Vision Zero goal of eliminating all traffic deaths in the city.

This is a simple definition of VisionZero. The complicated version is that, somehow, without really even trying, SF will miraculously eliminate all transportation deaths in SF County by the year 2024 and all in years future. If you acknowledge that this impossible goal is in fact impossible, then there are many positions at the SFMTA for which you’d be ineligible. Oh well.

If you have any questions about construction, please contact Alex Murillo at Alex.M.Murillo@sfdpw.org or 415.558.5296. Parking Management The SFMTA’s recent launch of Residential Permit Parking Area Q has helped keep parking available for local residents and businesses—additional evaluation data will be available in the coming months.

As a general rule, our SFMTA tends to favor Masonic Avenue area residents vs. the current users of Masonic and to a ridiculous degree. JMO.

To offset some of the parking being repurposed…

What would a neutral word be for “repurposed?” Would it be “eliminated?” Yes it would.

by the Masonic Avenue Streetscape Project, the SFMTA is evaluating nearby streets for opportunities to increase on-street parking supply and will be engaging the community for feedback.

So, our SFMTA has been saving up its energy to “create” parking spaces exactly at the time it wants to hush complaints of eliminating parking spaces? Apparently. Looking at the map on the second page, some of these blocks would appear to be non-starters. Our SFMTA certainly approves of illegal double-parking  on Central Ave, but this map would make a hash of that, oh well.

These efforts are in addition to the 20 spots already added on Fulton between Central and Baker as part of the separate Muni Forward 5 Fulton Rapid Project.

Our SFMTA boasts of putting in bike lanes on Fulton, and then pushing them towards the center of Fulton, but then come two blocks of 90 degree parking, the least cyclist-friendly thing I can imagine. But this placated residents and that appears to be one of our SFMTA’s Most Important Things.

And on it goes. If you want to read about Masonic, start here and spend all day if you want, I don’t care. Anyway, that’s the update for 2016. Traffic’s going to get a lot worse as soon as parts of Masonic start getting shut down and then it won’t get much better after construction is completed, oh well.

If you have any questions about potential added parking near Masonic Avenue, please contact Maurice Growney at Maurice.Growney@sfmta.com or 415.701.4549. For more information: sfmta.com/masonic MASONIC AVENUE STREETSCAPE PROJECT N Masonic Avenue Area Proposed Parking Changes Potential Back-In Angled Parking Potential 90 Degree Parking Forthcoming Back-In Angled Parking (Legislated 2012)

Charlie Brown Christmas Tree, Possibly Sold for $50 on Hayes Street, Released to Golden Gate Park to Fend for Itself

Wednesday, January 6th, 2016

This is not the way to do it…

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Six-Foot Holiday Tree Delivery, by Road Bicycle, on Oak – Ho Ho Ho

Monday, December 28th, 2015

Who needs a cargo bike to carry cargo?

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Also, most cargo bikes aren’t ever used the way they were meant to be. Sry.

Spot the Christmas Tree – This is a Trick Question, One Simple Trick – Should “Holiday Trees” Be Triangular or Rounded?

Friday, December 4th, 2015

Take a look, at Fell and Stanyan:

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The big round ball of vegetation on the left is our actual “holiday tree” whilst the Chritmassy-looking tree on the right is a big nothingburger.

Just saying…

Rec and Park’s 86th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting is ON, Rain or Shine – Here’s How Things Look Now

Thursday, December 3rd, 2015

It’s a bit soggy out there today, but oh well – the show must go on, but perhaps without any (artificial / trucked in) snow this year, one supposes:

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86th Annual Holiday Tree Lighting

December 3 @ 4:00 pm8:00 pm

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Join us for our 86th Annual Holiday Tree Lighting, featuring sledding, snow play area, rides and games, Cookie Factory, live entertainment, caroling and a visit from Santa!

Free!

Generously supported by Kaiser Permanente, Zynga.org, with support from Devil’s Teeth Bakery and Bi-Rite Market.

McLaren Lodge is located at 501 Stanyan Street in Golden Gate Park.

Here It Is, San Francisco’s Best Christmas Tree for 2015, in an Unexpected Place – 55 Foot Tall – Straight Outta Shasta

Friday, November 13th, 2015

Just look at this thing in front of Pier 39 – it’s huge!

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And it’s 100% real, for better or worse. I heard it’s 55 feet, but officially it’s 60, perhaps due to rounding, IDK:

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I’m calling this thing an Attraction:

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Oh, but why so soon, in early November?

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(WHY SO SOON? TWSS!)

This issue hadn’t occurred to me – I guess it is a bit early. (But feel free to add that to the lengthy list of things I care absolutely nothing about.)

Anyway, the Lighting Ceremonies are coming November 21-22, 2015.

See you there!

How People Do Wiring Above Hayes Street in the Western Addition – It’s Also How They Charge Up Electric Cars

Monday, October 26th, 2015

Up to code or not?

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You tell me.

What, No More Christmas Trees in Front of SF City Hall? – Annual Tradition Lost – A Brief History of “Holiday Trees”

Thursday, October 22nd, 2015

All right, I promised a history of the giant Christmas trees of San Francisco Civic Center in front of City Hall (aka the highest classical dome in the Western Hemisphere, believe it or not.*)

Here we go, from the mid to late Aughts, complete with a Star of Bethlehem atop. A shot from my office:

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You know, keeping with Christian Tradition, as they say.

Well that didn’t go down good. So, in part due to some of my photos on SFist, back when Blogging Was King, and due to complaints of City Hall / SFGov workers objecting to having Christmas sort of imposed upon where there work – look it up on SFGate, Matier and Ross were on it – bye-bye Bethlehem star and bye-bye other overt displays of Christianity in and around City Hall.

But the tree stayed, and each and every year it came back, starless of course. And it was labeled a “Holiday Tree” in case there was any worry about it being a Christmas tree. Fine

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Via Steve Rhodes, who, like Visa, is Everywhere You Want To Be.

And then, oh no, the garish lights on the tree! All those colors! Well, some rich white ladies about town thought they looked tacky, so away they went.

So that left us with this:

O.K. fine. Matier & Ross also had this story, about how the new, classier, white lights for white people cost RPD five figures, but that was OK, they said, because the colored Christmas tree lights would be able to be used in Golden Gate Park on Stanyan and perhaps they’re still in use, IDK.

Except this lack of color just wasn’t jazzy enough for other certain people.

So then came this:

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Via Julie Blaustein

So, the colors came out of the tree in front of City Hall and they went into City Hall itself.

And then Mayor Willie Brown wanted ever more color.

Were these changes “improvements?”

No. But that’s what they were called at the time.

Oh well…

Anyway, that takes up to 2014, when we didn’t get any giant tree at all? NEWS TO ME! Did I not notice it wasn’t there? I forget. I tend to notice new things, I don’t tend to notice things what should be there and aren’t.

A Commenter just hepped me to the ABSENCE OF GIANT TREE, and I can see these photos from last year proving her point – no tree.

Here’s her beef:

“Hello. I was online trying to find info on why there was no Christmas tree outside of SF’s city hall in 2014, and I came across your post about the lights’ history during recent years. Regardless of any decor inside of city hall, i just don’t see why the tree was not part of last Xmas. I looked around online for info about the tree going up again this December, but any info on SF lighting ceremonies did not include a city hall plaza tree. I suppose the mayor’s argument for no tree is cost cutting and that people can go inside city hall to see some festive decor or head down to Union Square to join the tourists, but I find it pretty stunning that a major city has nixed its plaza tree. If you have an answer on this subject, I’d greatly appreciate hearing it.

Thank you,

Kay”

It’s a Christmas Mystery!

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*No no, the dome you’re thinking about (US Capitol Building) aint actually higher, OR it (San Jose City Hall or SuperDome) aint classical, OR it (St. Peter’s Basilica or Dome des Invalides) aint in the Western Hemisphere. Sorry. Look it up!

Forty-Six Wild Cherry-Masked Conure Parakeet Parrot Birds Commuting Home to the Northeast

Monday, September 28th, 2015

For some reason dese boids live in Frisco’s northeast but then commute southwest for feeding on a daily basis.

So in the morning, you see them over the Western Addition going southwest and then in the evening, you see them heading back northwest, as here over the Golden Gate Park Panhandle:

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I haven’t ever seen this many in one flight outside of the Coit Tower / FInancial District area.

I went looking for them about a decade ago – this was the view from the Filbert Steps:

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It seems there are more birds now, but they’re not hanging out in one big flock anymore. That’s my impression anyway.

Anywho, just recently, I saw about ten crows chasing four red-green conures over the Panhandle – I’ve never seen that before either.

Look to the Skies for Signs and Wonders.