UPDATE: Oh, CCSF has a paramedic training program here – my bad. See Comments.
Maybe there’s a good reason for this, IDK:
Grove and Ashbury, John Adams Campus, CCSF.
Not a good look for this department, in particular
Here’s the sitch – Frisco locked itself into a 20-year deal with that fucking JCDecaux (JEE-SEE-DE-KOO, mon amie) company, so now we’re stuck with 100-something of these 17 foot tall kioskses
(Hey, that’s what you need more in your life, Gentle Reader – more booze, hurray! Catchphrase: Booze – it’s what’s for dinner.)
(Note now-useless and obsolete newspaper sidewalk sales feature. Also note that this sidewalk monster is labeled as “street furniture,” as if that’s a good thing. Also note cheesy gold-toned metal accents – tres chic, non?)
Of course we’ve been down this road before, Gentil Lecteur, but I wanted to attract your eyes to this – here’s how JCD markets SF’s public property:
Overview: In San Francisco, our 113 advertising kiosks cannot be missed. These elegant, 24-hour backlit, 17-foot kiosks tower over the city’s most populated streets, providing advertisers with oversized landmarks to showcase their messages. Our kiosks are the most striking outdoor media platforms to reach pedestrians and vehicular traffic in the Bay Area.
Each kiosk has two ad panels. The panels are divided into pre-set networks, each with equal exposure to top locations.
Kiosks are located throughout the heart of San Francisco’s high-density business, entertainment, and shopping districts including Union Square, the Financial District and Fisherman’s Wharf…”
So help me out here. If we have OVERSIZED LANDMARKS, you know, some “STREET FURNITURE” what TOWER OVER us, you know, what CANNOT BE MISSED so that some rich Euros straight outta, and I’m srsly, fucking Neuilly-sur-Seine, France can make some more Euros, then I ask you, “Is This A Good Thing?”
Just asking, Jean-Charles.
I’ll tell you, there was a time when most of the Lotus Eliseses I saw in the Bay Area were Lotus Eliseses. Then a few years back, most of the Elises I saw were Tesla Roadsters. And then, starting a year or two ago most of the Lotus Elise I’ve seen on the Bay Area went back to being actual Lotus Elise. Isn’t that funny?
Like here, for instance. Is this the first Tesla Roadster I’ve seen this year? The past year? I think so.
Man, they’re hard to tell apart, the gas and electric versions. The Tesla version is less stubby, but I generally need to see the “T” logo to be sure. Isn’t that sad?
I guess having a Roadster isn’t a thang anymore. So they sit around garages, aging, slowly discharging, and gathering dust. They never really were practical, you know?
Now let’s hear some government-subsidized propaganda from yesteryear:
“One of the more common misconceptions about the Tesla Roadster is that it is an electrified Lotus Elise. This has been an interesting problem to deal with because the Tesla is vastly different from an Elise and it is important that people are aware of this.”
But in fact, the Tesla Roadster is/was an electrified Lotus Elise. Exactly. Take an Elise, stretch the chassis, throw out the Toyota engine (frankly, the best thing about the vehicle, you know, with billions invested over the years, coming from what’s still the best car manufacturer in the world) add a very heavy battery pack and a motor and boom there’s your Tesla Roadster.
The dude what wrote all that back in aught-eight shortly later quit / got fired / resigned – it’s hard to say.
The question now is whether you’d rather operate the original gas powered version or the newer electric kind. Certainly the gas-powered one handles better, due to its lightness. But both versions are impractical two-seaters, so maybe that’s why most people don’t own/use/garage either kind. Oh well.
Anyway, that’s the sad end to the vaunted Tesla Roadster – it’s still in the back of your closet, but you don’t wear it anymore…
Oh, there’s a super-long contract that binds us to have these sidewalk cylinders about for a loooong time because that’s the way Willie Brown wanted it?
An that’s why these hulking monoliths must remain, whether they’re used or not?
Thusly. This is in betwixt the new COFFEE CULTURES and the occasional parking space of the most popular food truck in San Francisco. It really does get in the way
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I ask of you, Gentle Reader, has SFGov ever made a good deal?
Ever made a public-private contract where the public didn’t get the short end of the stick?
I know not.
[UPDATE: Confession time – I’ve never used a “smart” parking meter, so I don’t know what they look like. I know the SFPark meters have blue stickers on the sides, that’s about it. So the new meters depicted below are not SFPark meters and, ergo, they were not advertised as being “good for all drivers.” Anyway, read the comments to see my error.]
So SFPark is “good for all drivers?”
Perhaps for some, but not for those who used to park here, in the project-y Western Addition.
Turk on a weekday:
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Hey SFPark/SFMTA/DPT/MUNI, why not try market-rate pricing instead?
You know, pricing lower than what you’re charging now.
Oh, and is SFPark good for federal taxpayers?
Oh and is the Central Subway good for federal taxpayers?
Discuss that too, if you want…
“One issue that I am hopeful someone will take up is the claim by the Recreation and Parks Department’s Director Phil Ginsburg that “We want as much open space as possible, but we also need to have a way to care for it.” That was his quote in reference to why the City’s Recreation and Parks Department is unwilling to accept the donation of the park built in front of the new Rincon Green Apartments at 333 Harrison Street. Read the article here (hopefully, the shared full article will appear: http://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/Creating-new-park-no-picnic-for-broke-city-4490422.php?t=27ec6d327d3f99889e
“This is a lie from Phil Ginsburg and it should infuriate everyone who lives in the Rincon neighborhood or nearby. Why do I say it is a lie?”
Hey, speaking of Gavin Newsom lackey Phil Ginsburg, a few years back he had a total boner for this nearby project at Justin Herman and yet NOBODY HAS EVER USED IT EXCEPT FOR OCCUPY SF FOR A FEW MONTHS.
Gavin Newsom lackey Phil Ginsburg must be aware, I mean he’s not stupid, that this bocce thing was/is a big fat waste, but he’s afraid to acknowledge this because then he’d have to get a job in the real world.
I”m surprised that there isn’t like 15 cars parked on this thing 24-7:
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This must be the biggest amount of unused space in the entire Western Addition.
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But for some reason, former Mayor Gavin Newsom moved Heaven and Earth to get this useless monument to Eurocentrism installed before he left office.
And then nobody used it so Occupy took it over.
And then it got restored.
Like a year ago.
And nobody’s used it since.
Now, is this a photo of the City That Knows How or of “The World Capital of Innovation?”
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All I know is that we were making progress four years ago…