Posts Tagged ‘wheelchair’

The Ugliest American-Made Car Made Today: Presenting the VPG MV-1, a Ford-Like Taxi in Daly City from Indiana

Monday, September 11th, 2017

All the deets:

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Buy the taxi version, like this (white) Serra Yellow Cab – just $57k.

They tried to make it sporty, but something like an old-school Honda Element would have been a better approach IMO. It’s the rear styling of the MV1 what bugs me. But only a little!

Anyway, it looks like the way a four year old would draw a van, so there’s that.

In conclusion, I saw an ugly vehicle and here it is.

Hilarious Official ACCESS INSPECTED Sign in the Richmond Suggests (But “Does Not Imply” Oh No!) Area Biz Meets ADA Standards

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

I’m struggling to see the point of this exercise [but see this link from Richard in the Comments section.]

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What’s that area pols? You “support the ADA” and similar laws in CA, but you hate hate hate the lawyers whose clients sue your constituents under the ADA and similar laws in CA?

That’s not too coherent.

Sidewalk Wagon Train Made From Found Materials: Two Shopping Carts+Wheelchair+Aluminum Crutches+Tennis Racket = ???

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

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UCSF Wheelchair from Parnassus Heights Repurposed for the Ho Chi Minh Trail of Golden Gate Park

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013


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Message From Our Corporate Coffee Overlords: We Own the Sidewalk at 225 Bush Street, More or Less

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

 As was foretold, the newly-approved bench and table and chairs at 225 Bush are kind of a mess. What’s the point in having a super wide sidewalk in the 94104 Financh if there’s going to be a bottleneck betwixt a giant 17 foot tall ad (a former newspaper kiosk long since closed down) and all this?

Check it:

I cry foul.

Actually, I didn’t cry foul afore the deadline to do so passed by in June 2013. As I’m not a NIMBY. And now that we can see the bench but also the table and the chairs, we can see that all this stuff takes up too much space and leaves like three feet of space for the peds to squeeze by.

Even Coffee Culture lovers / customers were appalled by these cheesy plastic chairs when they first appeared.

IDK, maybe this sitch has fixed itself the past few weeks, but this system of having a trial and putting up a sign for people to complain to SFGov doesn’t work if corporations do a bait and switch deal with the layout.

Again, I cry foul.

Oh, and speaking of corporations:

Here’s coffee dude’s website, srsly.

Dude, do you think you leased the sidewalk too?

Approve not I do.

The Crowded Sidewalks of Bush Street: Is There Room for Chairs Betwixt “Curry Up Now” and “Coffee Cultures?”

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

Uh, no, there’s not.


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Ah, here’s a quieter time between the most popular food truck in the bay area and the new cawfee shawp inside of the Standard Oil Building at 225 Bush:

Now I’ll tell you, I couldn’t care less* about this issue, but you? You have a lot of time on your hands…

If I were in charge, I’d probably say thumbs down on the street furniture, but I’d allow them some signage.

Of course, I’m not in charge and, as stated, I don’t care.

Super don’t care.

As always, I’ll find a way** to navigate the Streets of San Francisco regardless.


*Obviously, things are going to be a bit crowded at lunchtime, ’cause that curry truck is uber popular. OTOH, passersby might not ever realize that’s there’s a new upscale coffee place there unless they see people hanging about sipping away. (This reminds me of parklets, which some business owners think they own because the process for getting one is so costly.) 

**But I don’t use a wheelchair… 

“ADA Abuse” in the Richmond District, 2011

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

Question: When four-star-Yelp-rated Han Il Kwan restaurant way out there in the West Bay, in the Middle Richmond District, precisely, had to close down recently for extensive refurbishment, as reported in the excellent Richmond District Blog, was that an example of “ADA abuse” or was it an example of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Unruh Civil Rights Act, and the California Disabled Persons Act functioning as designed?

Answer: This one’s easy. Increasing costs for businesses and/or shutting them down is an example of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Unruh Civil Rights Act, and the California Disabled Persons Act functioning as designed.

What some call “abuse” of the law, I call use of the laws.

Via Jim C

Next question…

Disability Laws and Regulations

Behind Chris Daly’s Bar, Part 2: A Four-Minute Tranche de Vie, with Harmonica. Via Bluoz

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

Via Bluoz, video doesn’t get much more verite than this. Kind of random it is.

Spend four minutes here, if you want. It comes complete with subtitles:

“from Photorikki

Here is another in the “Homeless Outside My Window” series.
This one is fantastic!

The harmonica player in the wheelchair will only play if no one is around.
I’ve seen him do it only once before.
I was lucky to catch him on tape late one night.
He is really great!
Lets get him a job!
(Lets get ME one too!!)”

It’s Perfectly Fine to Sit in MUNI’s Senior and Wheelchair Seats on an Otherwise Empty Bus

Thursday, August 12th, 2010

As here, despite what some people say.

You certainly have to make room if necessary, though.

Mayor Gavin Newsom

Just saying.

The 2008 Olympics in Beijing Will Have Cheerleaders

Thursday, July 3rd, 2008

Reports of the rise in China’s cheerleading prowess have been circulating for a while, but now it’s official – Western-style cheerleading is coming to the Beijing Olympics. No, not as a medal sport itself, despite the efforts of Beijing’s hardworking “Olympic Sport Demonstration Cheerleading Volunteer Performance Demonstration Team.” But just as leaders of cheers, continuing the recent trend.

For example, check out this scene from 2004, when cheerleaders in Salt Lake City had a decidedly non-NCAA, “pro” look. (Oops, too many of you clicked over and wore out that link, try this instead) And in 2006, spectators in Turin, Italy saw moonbooted cheerleaders who looked like this.

Now, last year, people thought the 2008 Olympic cheerleaders would appear like this, or like these athletes in Beijing from a recent photo:


From Micah Sittig’s Flickrstream 

However, it now appears that BOCOG has selected uniforms like this for the 585 cheerleaders. That’s right, they’re in blue jeans. But hey, do you notice somebody in the background, behind the “lion-like character” Dongdong?

Isn’t that Jin Jing, everybody’s favorite torchbearing “angel in a wheelchair”? The very same Jin Jing who followed orders from the Sacred Flame Protection Squad to not give away her torch to anybody, and the very same sentinent adult who claims she never heard of the Tibet independence movement until participating in the torch relay? Signs point to yes.

And hey, speaking of torchbearers in wheelchairs, what about this guy, Andrew Michael, from this bit: Chinese Paramilitary Police Operating on the Streets of San Francisco. Shouldn’t he be famous too?

His actions on the streets of San Francisco are something to think about when you’re rah-rahing next month.

Just saying.