Posts Tagged ‘webster’

“Meat Day” Comes on the 29th of Every Month in Japantown – But Uh Oh: “Except for Sausage, Bacon, Ham”

Friday, October 4th, 2013

This is a monthly thing for four-star Yelp-rated Nijiya Market at 1737 Post St (between Buchanan and Webster) in Godforsaken, windblown, Redeveloped, and concrete-and-clay-and-general-decay Japantown.*


Those are like the three best animals, man!

A good thing is when the have cases of “imported” Sapporo Draft (aka Premium) (kara サッポロビール株式会社 Sapporo Bīru Kabushiki-gaisha) on sale for $13. (Yeah, imported from Ontario, Canada(!), but I guess an import is an import.)

Anyway, enjoy your Meat Days, San Francisco!

Homer: Are you saying you’re never going to eat any animal again? What about bacon?

Lisa: No.

Homer: Ham?

Lisa: No.

Homer: Pork chops?

Lisa: Dad, those all come from the same animal.

Homer: Heh heh heh. Ooh, yeah, right, Lisa. A wonderful, magical animal.

*I haven’t a clue on how to best fix earthquake-unsafe J-Town. Before the Great Recession, the solution was going to be something like 500 new condos in the nabe, each with a $100,000 fee tacked on to help pay for a new Japantown Garage and whatnot. But some businesses inside the horrible mall buildings are thriving and some are not, so it’s not an easy call to have a giant implosion and just start over. And, up to now, there’s been no money for that kind of thing anyway…

Nobody Uses the Pedestrian Bridge Over Geary at Steiner as a Bridge – Here’s How People Get Across

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

Before Andrea Koskey became yet another San Francisco Examiner writer who sold out to The Man by taking a gig* with political scion / man-child Gavin Newsom, she was writing stuff like this about the unused ped bridge over Geary at Steiner.

So like SFGov “improved” the Western Addition by tearing down a mess of Victorians (which would be worth 7 figures a piece these days) to replace them with concrete and clay and general decay.

Next, it’s going to improve things by tearing down some of the concrete, when it feels like it. (Is “chop shop” a verb? Yes, it’s become a palliative cliche in D5.)

OK fine.

Here’s how things stand today, with the recent changes to the newish crosswalk.

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Compare with the sitch on the other side of Fillmore at Webster, where there’s no crosswalk yet.

*Does health care start on your first day with Lt-Guv Gav, you know, with no waiting period? I think so. There are lots of other benefits too.

The Geary Expressway Scramble – These Peds on Webster Have the Light, But They Don’t Have a Crosswalk – Oh Well

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

If want to get across Geary at Webster from the west side of the street, you have a couple options:

1. Cross Webster, walk up the ugly ped bridge spiral to get across Geary to walk down the opposite spiral, and then cross Webster again; or

2. Wait for a green on Webster and just trot across to your destination.


Interestingly, the similar ped bridge over nearby Steiner now has a crosswalk under it.

NB: These ped bridges sometimes have thugs and raccoon families on them.

The “JESUS IS LORD” Lady of San Francisco’s Western Addition

Monday, September 17th, 2012

You don’t see this too often:

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Whatever You Do, DON’T Move Into the Fillmore Center Apartment Homes at 1475 Fillmore in the Western Addition

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

At the very least, you owe it to yourself to read the Yelp and ApartmentRatings reviews before you move in.

Oh look, they have a shuttle bus – it’s a like a private MUNI #38 Geary just for you and your fellow victims:

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But even so, Whatever You Do, DON’T Move Into the Fillmore Center Apartment Homes at 1475 Fillmore in the Western Addition.

In closing, Whatever You Do, DON’T Move Into the Fillmore Center Apartment Homes at 1475 Fillmore in the Western Addition.

PS: Whatever You Do, DON’T Move Into the Fillmore Center Apartment Homes at 1475 Fillmore in the Western Addition

Don’t Miss Today’s Nihonmachi Street Fair in Japantown – Free Festival Continues until 6:00 PM

Sunday, August 5th, 2012

All the deets on the 39th Annual.

As it looked yesterday on Post Street:

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Webster Street Stage:

Sunday, August 5
11am Cherng Loon Lion Dance
Yet Another Hero
Noon The Latin Jazz Youth Ensemble
1:00 pm “Fun & Furry Pooch Doggy Contest”
2:00 pm SOL
2:45 pm GroovMekanex / Lil G and Morimoto
3:45 pm Tracy Cruz
5:00 pm Rendezvous

 Ho`olaule`a Stage:

11am Mishibana-kai San Francisco & Miwa-kai San Mateo (Japanese
Noon Karikatan Dance Company (Filipino Stick Dancing)
1:00 pm Mele Ohana (Ukulele)
2:00 pm Ke ‘Olu Makani `O Mauna Loa (Hula)
3:00 pm Mango Kingz (Island Reggae)
4:00 pm Island Touch Band (Hawaiian Contemporary)
5:00 pm Moana (Hawaiian)

 See you there!

Japantown, San Francisco, California, USA, on Any Given Sunday: Frilly Dresses Everywhere

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

Post Street, San Francisco:

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Hold On #5 Fulton Riders, Cause the Central Subway is Coming in Ten Years and It Will Fix Everything!

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

This is one of the stops on the #5 Fulton where riders get passed by with regularity:

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The solution is to be patient or to walk to Van Ness and McAllister, where many passengers get off.

Oh well.

Oh, in reality, the Central Subway hole in the ground will actually suck money away from the #5 Fulton.

So let’s alter that headline to “The Central Subway is Coming in Ten Years and It Will Make Things Worse.”

D’Accord? D’Accord.

Oh well.

Armed Robbery: Why You Shouldn’t Use Your iPhone at Haight and Webster While Waiting for MUNI at 4:00 PM

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

Cause somebody will pull out a gun and steal it from you.

Let’s check the story from Ann Mannix, SFPD Captain of Northern Station:

Yesterday a guy was waiting for the bus at Haight and Webster (4:15 PM) looking at his phone not paying attention to his surroundings when someone walked right up on him, pointed a gun and stole his iPhone 4.

I bet if he was aware of his surroundings the criminal wouldn’t have targeted him.

Conceal your valuables and be aware of your surroundings, always!”

Apparently, this isn’t a good place to try to hold onto your cellie.

Oh well.

Lower Haight is For Lovers…

…and armed cell phone thieves.


Not That This New Dentist’s Office in Japantown Isn’t Fine, But a Starbucks Would Have Been Much Better

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

[This is a post within a post within a post, Inception-style - you'll be able to follow along, I'm sure. And since we're talking about the aughts, leave us remember nobody ever had 5500 signatures opposing the Starbucks proposal back around 2004-2005. I guess it's always O.K. to lie if you know you're on the correct side of an argument, or something.]

The rising tide that is the Starbucks Effect, that would have lifted all boats in Japantown, didn’t roll in a half-decade back, so this large space at Post and Webster has been unused since then.

Oh well.

Deets below.

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Here’s how things looked five months ago:

Well, new evidence closes the books on this one – the former Japantown Bowl location will soon host a dental office on its first floor.

So, the somnolent Land of Wind and Ghosts that is San Francisco Japantown will remain the somnolent Land of Wind and Ghosts at least for a little while longer. [Cue tumbleweeds.] Maybe things will change in J-Town when potential condo buyers get in the mood to spend $100,000 extra on neighborhood impact fees the way they were before the real estate crash.

And then we’ll be able to afford to undue the mistakes of Redevelopment. Maybe in a year or two or five or ten…

Oh well:

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All the deets:

Now I’ll tell you, Japantown would have been better off over the years if the Japantown Bowl had stayed the Japantown Bowl. (‘Cause bowling’s back, baby! Or something.) Anyway, what we got instead at 1600 Webster at Post was a bunch of condos up top with shuttered retail space below.

Back about six years ago, Starbucks was willing to come in and boy, man, that would have been great for Japantown. But the preservationists weren’t having it, oh no. Not at all. So what we got was about a decade of zero (0) tenants at the ground level on the northeast corner of Post and Webster. Oh well.

(I don’t drink the Starbucks myself, but S’Bucks isn’t about coffee, so the location of nearby cafes hidden up in the malls (concrete and clay and general decay and oh yes, not earthquake safe) don’t matter. You missed the point, people. It’s not Starbucks, it’s the Starbucks Effect – that’s what you needed and it’s what you still need.)

But now, the times they are a changing. Take a peek at the construction going on now and you’ll say, “Gee, it looks like it’s going to be a dentist office.”

Check it:

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Well guess what. It very well could be a dental office. This is from a couple years back but it’s the best I can do:

“22-Dec Tenant improvements for New Dental San Francisco 1600 Webster Street #C 916-772-4192 Dr. Nataly Viderman, DDS  0685-055 San Francisco 1600 Webster Street #C Office…$240,000″

No matter, whatever goes in isn’t going to make J-Town look less like a ghost town on those cold, windblown Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday nights.

How to make a Concrete Ghost Town: Redevelopment + Mindless, Doctrinaire Preservationism.

(And the funny thing is that Japanese people looooooove Starbucks – they just can’t get enough)

Is that what you want, a dentist’s office? O.K. fine.