Posts Tagged ‘turk’

This is the Result of Tens of Millions of Federal Pork Barrel Spending on “Smart” Parking Meters

Monday, August 15th, 2016

More or less:

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You want to get into this – well, we can get into this. You know, sometime.

Here’s the etching on the tombstone:

“Update: The SFpark pilot evaluation has been released and changes to data feed, mobile apps, and web map remain. Demand-responsive rate adjustments will continue in existing SFpark areas. The SFMTA will use the results of the evaluation to develop a proposal for expanding the SFpark approach to the SFMTA’s other meters, lots and garages in the city.”

But did we really need to pay people to bury sensors under the pavement? Nope! Oh, they’re all dead now, batteries expired, just sitting under the surface doing nothing? Yep!

There are many ways to skin a cat, Brother. This “futuristic” and expensive way was the wrong way.


Oh, and speaking of the Feds, why do Law Enforcement Officials come to Frisco and get their guns stolen from their cars, over and over and over again, despite all the warnings, despite our well-earned reputation?

And, you know, as promised, we can get into why it’s still hard to park in some areas of Frisco and why in other areas you can see an entire block of metered spaces with basically no cars at all.

I have no objections to market rate pricing, but SFPark was a big fail whale.


*No, not on street-cleaning day, on a regular day.

The Most Double-Parking on One Block I’ve Seen in the Western Addition – San Francisco Day School – A Parade of Luxury Cars

Wednesday, January 6th, 2016

And when I say one block, sometimes this line of idling Lexus LX570’s, Toyota Land Bruisers, Mercedes Benzes, Audi wagons, Toyota Priuses, Tesla Model S’es, and all matter of Porsches! Porsches! Porsches! goes down Golden Gate Ave (not far from where Patty Hearst was held in a closet), up Central, and then starts snaking back along Turk:

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Oh well:

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For our appointed Mayor to go on and on about how double parkers slow his chauffeured trips about town, well, what’s his fix for this? His zero tolerance policy doesn’t appear to acknowledge daily reality, oh well.

IMO, narrow Central “Avenue” really isn’t an avenue, so this wagon train of nannies and parents would be better off simply staying on Golden Gate stretching to the horizon.

Isn’t SDS SFDS the richest school in the Western Addition with tuition for kinders costing like $30k+ per year? I think so.

Seems it could try harder…

What It’s Like for a 16-Year-Old to Turn the Wrong Way onto Turk and Cause an Accident in Front of Northern Station

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015

It’s like this, or one assumes.

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Northbound Corolla on Fillmore turns right onto Turk, but Turk’s a one-way the other way in the Western Addition. So BAM into a Prius C. And yes, that’s Northern Station in the background. And I’m guessing about the 16 year old part, but you tell me, Gentle Reader. (I’ll tell you, one time I crashed into a 16 year old’s Honda at Mcallister and Gough. He was driving an Accord older than him when he decided to make his own turn lane onto Gough. He asked if I could do him a solid by not reporting this incident to anyone. I was like, “Yeah, right.” Then I told the SFPD to leave after some people called 911. So then I rode over to SFGH with my left arm held straight down since it wasn’t bending at that point. So then I gave up on SFGH after about five minutes. So then I made it home and then over to St Mary’s. By this point I was holding my arm at a 90 degree angle ’cause it wouldn’t go straight anymore – this caused problems for the X-ray tech. So then I had to go to a meeting in the Marina for the proposed Fisher Family Modern Museum. So then I went back to St Mary’s for the results. The upshot is that my left elbow, to this day, still quietly clicks when I flex it, depending on which direction my wrist is facing, but the 16 year old’s insurance policy paid St Mary’s and I ended up with a few thousands for my trouble. Basically, I sold my 100% good elbow for a 99% good elbow, and it took about ten hours out of my life. That’s what I think about when I think about 16 year olds causing accidents in the Western Addition. But I digress…)

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Or you could call this “traffic violence,” but I don’t.

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One time, a Dude headed to the West Side hit my Toyota and it looked better than these cars and I thought it was totally driveable but it wasn’t and my estimate ended up being $18K(!), oh well. This is definitely a reportable accident even without injuries – this is no way to start your Driving Life:

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And yes, the Prius driver was NOT AT FAULT – I’m as shocked as you are.

Anyway, let’s be careful out there.

The Old-Tyme Cars at the End of Turk Street – They Just Keep Coming and Going

Thursday, October 8th, 2015

These old cars are new, or these new cars are old – take your pick.

What will we see next?

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Havana 94118 – The Old-Time Car Collectors at the End of Turk Street – Not All That Fast and Not Furious At All

Monday, May 4th, 2015

I’d seen the collected cars, but not the car collector(s) themselves, until now:

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Appalling Corner Cutting from the Vaunted SFMTA: Newly-Installed Clean-Sheet Traffic Signal Poles on Masonic

Thursday, April 9th, 2015

[All right, a little background. Who’s been in charge of the crosswalk in front of City Hall on Polk? IDK, somebody in SFGov, like the SFMTA, or an agency from before the SFMTA, or DPW, or, no matter, somebody in SFGov, anyway, right? And these people know that driver compliance rates with whatever half-assed “smart” control scheme they installed is a lot lower than the compliance rate with simple red-yellow-green signals. But then, with regular dumb traffic lights, pedestrians would have to wait, at least part of the time, to cross the street to get to the Great Hall of The People and we can’t have that, right? So when a tour bus driver runs over an SFGov worker going back to the office, it’s all the tour bus driver’s fault, right? Well, yes and no. The BOS can vote 11-0 to regulate tour bus operators, but that ignores its own responsibility, non? Oh what’s that, you were going to get around to installing a traffic signal there, but you just hadn’t gotten around to it? And what’s that, you can’t figure out how to do it with the money we already give you, so we need to give you more more more? All right, fine, but that means you’re a part of the safety problem, not the solution, SFTMA / SFGov, at least in this case. Moving on…]

What the Hell is this, this brand new aluminum(?) light pole above Masonic betwixt the Golden Gate and Turk “high injury* corridors.” Believe it or not, you’re looking at signal lights for northbound Masonic traffic at Golden Gate AND ALSO, on the other side, for southbound Masonic at Turk:

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Here’s how things look up the hill heading southbound – no problems here:

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But this is what you see going north, you see a red light on the left and green light on the right, and the farther away you are, the more it looks like one intersection with contradictory signals:

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I’ve never seen anything like this anywhere in the world.

This is appallingly poor design, IMO.

So, what, give you more money and you’ll put in another pole, SFMTA? IDK, you can see that they spent money on three new poles, so why did they cheap out with this half-assed creation?

Tree branches? So, the SFMTADPW wants to cut down hundreds of “diseased” trees** on this 3000-foot stretch of Masonic, but it can’t trim a couple trees in the name of Safety?

OK fine.

ASSIGNMENT DESK: Why did the deciders decide on this half-assed design? This one will write itself.

*Are there any low injury corridors in San Francisco? No there are not. So the phrase “high-injury corridor,” as used over and over again, recently, in SF, is meaningless. Oh what’s that, there are no accidents on Willard Street North, for example. Except that WSN aint a corridor, it’s a just a little street. So “high injury corridor” simply means corridor, which simply means, of course, “a (generally linear) tract of land in which at least one main line for some mode of transport has been built.”

**This is how SFGov works:

I wanted the trees gone, but knew I’d face stiff resistance both from homeless advocates and tree supporters. We brought in a tree expert and wouldn’t you know it, some of the trees had a blight. I issued an emergency order, and that night park workers moved in and dug up and bagged the trees. By the time the TV cameras arrived the next morning the trees were on their way to a tree hospital, never to return.”

Arguably, this occurred a while ago, but, arguably, Willie Brown is still the Mayor, so there you go.

35 Degrees: Acute Angles in Car Design, Then and Now, the 1950’s vs. Current Day, Old Dodge vs. New Prius

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

As seen near the end of Turk, which looks like Cuba sometimes what with all the 1950’s cars parked about:

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Which angle is your favorite?

Jetta vs. Jetta Head-On at Turk and Stanyan Near USF the Night Before Classes Begin

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

King-American hauled off to UC at least one Jetta occupant:

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The area around USF seems more like a college town these days, with tons of stus milling about the surrounding blocks, as compared with a couple decades back – IDK why, perhaps that’s just my impression…

Assignment Desk: Havana 94118 – The Locus of 1950’s Cars in San Francisco is 3047 Turk Street

Friday, June 27th, 2014

There are about a halfdozen classic cars parked around the end of Turk Street up above USF like all the time.

It’s a triple-beam lyrical dream for old car lovers:

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The above shot is recent, but here’s one from all the way back in aught-eight. See ’em all?

Assignment Desk:

Who owns all these cars and why?

Word on the Street: “SURVIVAL SURVIVAL TURK”

Friday, June 6th, 2014

Some people  don’t survive the Tenderloin, of course:

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