Posts Tagged ‘yard’

Drought, What Drought? – Front Yard Waterfall, Pacific Avenue, Pacific Heights 94115 – Glug Glug Glug

Thursday, May 7th, 2015

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Facebook Follies: Our San Francisco Department of the Environment is “SF Environment” is “Powered by Wishpond Technologies?”

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

Work with me here – check out this Facebook page from “SF Environment – Government Organization.”

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Can you tell if this entity is part of SFGov? It’s a little hard.

Now, go down to the bottom to see a disclaimer about how FaceBook aint responsible for nothing, which is fair enough, but do you notice a typo in the first sentence? And “your information” isn’t going to SFGov, it’s actually going to “Wishpond Technologies?”

This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. You understand that you are providing your information to Wishpond Technologies and Company and not to Facebook. By participating in this promotion you agree to a complete release of Facebook from any claims. Powered by Wishpond

The bad grammar, from people who want “your information,” it generally suggests a scam, non?

So then you hop on over to the San Francisco Department of the Environment website to see it’s a .org instead of a .gov? (I mean, even SFGov.org has “gov” in there somewhere.) Are you Environment people embarased to be a gov?)

Anyway, here at the official home page is where we see that SFE is in fact “A DEPARTMENT OF THE CITY AND COUNTY OF SAN FRANCISCO.”

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So first up, who runs it? IDK. Why do we need it? IDK. What has it ever done? IDK

So, second up, I think the San Francisco Department of the Environment shouldn’t be afraid to call itself the San Francisco Department of the Environment.

And, third up, it appears that any kind of participation in this “private public partnership” beautification program, like thumbs-upping a photo, will garner you, the Gentle Reader, a sales call from Wishpond Technologies and Company, whatever that is.

So, Reader beware.

And to you all, SF Environment, I’m only just saying.

With love, from .com to .gov or gov.org or org.gov or whatever you people are calling yourselves these days.

XXXOOO

The Large Bikes of the Panhandle Bike Path – Wheels Fully One Yard Tall – Presenting the Dirty-Sixer

Monday, July 7th, 2014

See how small regular MTB wheels are in comparison?

It’s the second Dirty Sixer I’ve ever seen…

A Parkside Mystery in the Farthest Reaches of San Francisco County: Is This a Front Yard or a Taxi Yard?

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

That’s what some San Francisco City folks ask when they visit SF County.

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The San Francisco Equivalent of Parking on the Lawn: Putting the Park Back Into the Parkside

Friday, May 30th, 2014

In the wild, wild west part of San Francisco County, people have been paving over their front yards for parking space.

Thusly:

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Now is this kind of thing kosher?

Sometimes not.

To wit:

It’s illegal to pave over your yard, but it’s pretty widely ignored, and people do it with impunity.”

The process of getting homeowners to comply is “complaint driven,” which means nobody has the will to enforce Da Law Out West, oh well.

Introducing the “Front Yard Ambassadors Program” – All Stick, No Carrot – Will It “Transform” the Sunset District?

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

Here’s the thing. “Planners” back in the day had no freaking idea how many cars would populate the Sunset District.

They also had no idea how much public transit in the West Bay would degrade over the decades.

So it’s hard to park way out there.

So people improperly pave over their front yards for more “driveway” parking, don’t ask don’t tell.

Thusly:

Anyway, here’s what appointed Supervisor Katy Tang has for Fog Country – it’s the FYAP!

But if you participate, it’ll cost you $245 and you’ll have to listen to what SFGov tells you to do.

This is the kind of thing that will end up pissing off some of the people living out there.

This is a program for the sake of having a program. It will “transform” nothing. And it will not “change” the “pedestrian experience.” Sorry.

But, if you want to try this out, by all means:

“The Front Yard Ambassadors Program gives Sunset District residents the opportunity transform their front yards into vibrant, ecologically friendly and easy to maintain spaces in order to accomplish the following:

  • Change the pedestrian experience and demonstrate neighborhood pride
  • Provide permeable surface to take pressure off our combined sewer system and recharge our underground aquifer
  • Educate the community about what plant species are suited to our microclimate
  • Build relationships with neighbors and encourage the community to work together

Our Partners & Sidewalk Landscaping

Sidewalk landscaping programs exist in several organizations. To learn more about why increasing green space and permeable surfaces is important in San Francisco, visit the websites of our partners in the Front Yard Ambassadors Program below:

Apply to the Front Yard Ambassadors Program

Download the Fact Sheet Here
Download the Fact Sheet in Chinese
View Photos of Sunset District Gardens Here (Coming Soon)
Download the Application Here
Download the Application in Chinese

Questions?
Call our office (415) 554-7460 or email ashley.summers@sfgov.org

Front Yard Ambassadors Program Fact Sheet

How do I apply?
Apply by submitting an application, answers to the supplemental questionnaire and photos of
your front yard. You must ensure that a minimum of five residences on your block also submit
an application to be considered for the program. The application can be found on our website at
www.sfbos.org/tang under the “Front Yard Ambassadors Program” tab.

What is the cost?
Residents chosen for the program will pay a nominal permit fee, depending on how many
residents apply. Permit fees can range from $182 – $245.

How do I get my neighbors to participate?
This is a great time to meet your neighbors! Knock on their door and find out if they are
interested. You must have a minimum of five neighbors on your block to apply.

Who maintains the yard after installation?
Program participants will sign a Letter of Agreement that they will maintain the yard as long as
they reside at their current address. We hope that neighbors will get together for a work day each
year to help each other. Additional support will be provided by Friends of the Urban Forest.

What types of plants and landscaping will be installed?
Once chosen, residents will be able to sit down with professional landscape architects to discuss
their ideas. We have included photos of yards in the Sunset on our webpage for inspiration at
www.sfbos.org/tang. All landscaping will be low maintenance, drought tolerant, and able to live
in our coastal conditions.

Other questions can be directed to our office at (415) 554-7460.

OMG, the BIggest Mountain Bike I’ve Ever Seen – It’s the “DirtySixer” with Wheels One Yard Tall – “Lebron: Call Us”

Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

Have you seen Lebron James on a Cannondale? It’s not pretty.

So, to solve that kind of problem, here comes The DirtySixer MTB with 36 inch tires.

There it is, parked at Erin Sherbert’s favorite bike rack. Go ahead, click the link. This shot shows the very same rack, but look how different the bikes’ tires are: 

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Looking at this thing freaked, me, out.

Now myself, I’m 6 foot 1 and a ton of fun so you’d figure one of these rigs would be great for me. But no, I’m not even close to qualifying for the DirtySixer club. You gotta be like 6 foot 5 or taller to fit proper.

Perhaps District Eight Supervisor Scott Wiener could use one of these rides for Bike To Work Day 2013 tomorrow?  Why not?

Oh, the expense, what must be the crushing expense. I can only imagine what the MSRP is. That’s real titanium for the frame, BTW.

Now myself, I’ll have to make do with the MTBs sold for $200-something at the Marin Bikes Warehouse at 7th and Folsom in SoMA. (Here’s me on Fulton Street in 1st gear: Man, why can’t 1st gear be  lower? And here’s me in the Broadway Tunnel eastbound (scary scary): Man, why can’t 21st gear be higher? Srsly. It’s like I’m being punished by Shimano for not spending enough or something.)

Anyway, contact Dave French if you’re interested.

All the deets.

OMG, Goats Take Over MUNI’s Presidio Yard! Goats, Goats, Goats, Goats, Goats, Goats, Goats! By Bluoz

Thursday, October 4th, 2012

Once again, from out of nowhere, it’s Bluoz.

The Presidio Yard, perched on Mervyn’s Heights just below the deadly Masonic Trader Joes (Store #100):

Here’s the mugshot. You are guilty of being adorable:

 

Official SFMTA Goat Herder:

See you next year!

The End of an Era – NoPA No Longer Wants Auto Body Shops on Divisadero – Our Changing Western Addition

Thursday, March 1st, 2012

Good-bye BODY MASTER USA / Auto City on Divisadero. (You can visit it now at its new location on Folsom Street.)

What you used to be able to enjoy just up the street from NoPA Restaurant and Popeye’s Chicken:

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Oh well.

There Was Room in the Western Addition for Auto City and BODY MASTER USA, But the NoPA? Not So Much

Friday, April 22nd, 2011

Good-bye BODY MASTER USA / Auto City. See you at your new location on Folsom Street.

Enjoy SoMA while you can, while it’s not yet 100% NIMBY…

The scene just up the street from NoPA Restaurant and Popeye’s Chicken:

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