Posts Tagged ‘western addition’

CARMAnation is Still Trying to “Disrupt Parking” in Frisco – Hey, Remember MonkeyParking?

Friday, July 15th, 2016

Here’s the pitch..

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and here’s the story, from a couple years back.

“lya Movshovich

Hi All,

You cannot monetize public assets for individual company gain. Just because an app can be built, doesn’t mean it should be.

I’m a Co-Founder and CEO of a San Francisco based startup called CARMAnation (www.carmanation.com). We look to help solve parking issues via the true intentions of the sharing economy – working with the community to benefit the community. Our users share their PRIVATE available parking spots with one another.

Having tech startups trying to solve the parking problems with their own unique approach means there is a need to disrupt the industry. Technology is a wonderful thing, it can solve/simplify a lot of problems, but it has to be done right, otherwise “Monkey Parking” is what happens.”

I wonder how they’re doing.

Cf. SpotOn

Frisco Truly is the Innovation Capital of the World, as Ron Conway Used to Pay Appointed Mayor Ed Lee to Say

Monday, July 11th, 2016

But then there was “backlash”…

S.F. Mayor Ed Lee serves notice about supporting Aaron Peskin

…so Ron Conway has less influence about town today, and you hear this meaningless phrase less often.

That’s something to ponder as you stand upon McAllister and gaze upon this scene of two Victorian era buildings of the “Alamo Square Historic District” in the Western Addition:

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Man, that’s innovative!

An Intriguing Offer in the NoPA: “Become a Travel Agent for $149.99”

Friday, July 1st, 2016

I’m there, Dude!

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Word on the Street: “RENT CONTROL 4 MIDTOWN” – No Mercy from the Politically-Connected Sisters of Mercy

Tuesday, June 7th, 2016

As seen on Divisadero, north of the NoPA Northeast of Panhandle Area:

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Why don’t these people have rent control in a pre-1980 building in Frisco? Here’s the story from Joe Eskenazi and here’s the official story from, IDK, a public relations-type that we’re, somehow, paying for? Take your pick.

Here’s What Happens When You Advertise on an SFMTA / MUNI Bus Stop Ad – Poor SHINOLA Detroit!

Monday, May 23rd, 2016

This kind of thing, as seen recently on the windswept Geary Transit Corridor…

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…has precedents:

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You know what I think? I think that sometimes companies pay money to Clear Channel Outdoor so that it will send part of that money to out sad-sack SFMTA and then maybe SFGov / the SFMTA will then look kindlier upon said generous companies. So it’s kind of more like a bribe / kickback / apology than a pure, earnest attempt at advertising.

I could cite examples…

What Happens When a 22 Fillmore Conks Out and It Perfectly Blocks McAllister: #5 Fulton Non-Rapids Come to the Rescue

Tuesday, May 17th, 2016

It looks like this. Dozens of people disgorged from the outbound #5’s to start walking up Alamo Ridge oh well:

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A mess of buses start got backed up on McAllister, inbound and outbound:

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One of the arm thingees was broken on the stalled northbound #22 Fillmore. There was no fixing it without a lot of help from extra MUNI personnel. I thought that these buses could limp forward a bit to get out of the way, but that wasn’t an option here, apparently.

Anyway, the electrified #5 Rapids all got stuck, but look, here comes a regular old #5 Fulton diesel that had diverted on Fulton for a few blocks only to pop onto McAllister via Steiner. The operator went “beep beep” and a bunch of walkers happily clambered aboard.

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So I guess this is a rare happy story involving MUNI…

It’s Come To This: Privatized School Buses – KIDZJET – As Seen Double Parking on Fell Street

Friday, February 26th, 2016

You’d think a transportation company called kidsJET would use actual jets, but here’s what the fleet looks like:

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$280 per month per kid? Oh. Uber or Lyft or Shuddle might be cheaper, non?

I have notes.

Welcome to San Francisco. So like you can’t double-park on Fell Street in the Western Addition, right? I mean, it’s like our substitute Freeway To The West, right? What you can do is go around the block. Sorry.

Also, one of the reasons why CBS made this…

60 Minutes II 15-Passenger Van rollover report

…is due to some vans having too much rear overhang.. Your comic here shows the half-assed Chrysler / Ford approach that increased rollover risk.
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I don’t think you can market safety with this style of van. Sorry. If anybody is still operating this kind of van, they should take out the last row and not put anything else there – just leave it empty is what I’m saying…

Anyway, I’ve never seen this company before.

If You Live in the Western Addition, You Can’t Host a Party Without a Brace of Valet Parkers – That’s How Some People Feel

Thursday, February 18th, 2016

See?

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This is How We Live Now…

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…

And Frisco’s Highest-Rated Cake Bakery is Yasukochi’s Sweet Stop on Sutter at Buchanan – And Groove On Its Groovy Logo

Tuesday, December 15th, 2015

This is heavy lift – garnering 4.5 Yelp stars at a bakery in the somewhat dreary, windswept Western Addition.

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Find it inside the Super Mira Market corner sto’