Over the last few days, Weiner’s PR team has been hard at work getting as much positive press about the Weiner in the media in an attempt to bury the story about him getting his anti-historic preservation bill through the Board of Supervisors, that will amongst other things make it very very difficult now to get the Gay Historic Corridor approved for The Folsom District. He knows it is going to look bad to his very gay district when people find out that instead of working on behalf of his constituents to preserve what is left of the iconic Folsom, he has been working with the developers and moneyed elite to raze the area for expensive condos for non-San Franciscans working in the dot.com sector to move in and displace residents who have lived here for decades.
Why is he doing this? No one can be sure but clearly he is getting something out of the deal, probably financial backing. So he is motivated by greed and homophobic. Great- a homophobic self loathing gay man in Harvey Milk‘s old seat. So to hide this from the public, almost daily for the last week, his office has been releasing to the press cute little stories about how he is pro-dog, pro-tamale lady , pro -trees, etc. But if you really want to see what he is all about, slow down next time you drive past Dolores and Market and realize that in that spot Weiner and the other corrupt cronies in City Hall pushed through a nine story condo complex with only .5 parking spaces per unit. Then to make matters worse, they have gotten Whole Foods to go into the bottom floor and this un-needed store will only have about 25 parking spaces available to it. If this scenario is not bad enough, unbelievably, one lane of traffic will be removed from that block in either direction, to widen the sidewalks. In case you have never noticed the sidewalks on Dolores have always been wide enough to drive two cars on them side by side. Apparently, Whole Foods, who is run by a Republican man in Texas, wants sidewalk seating.
Weiner and company says that they want to get people out of their cars. Thats a joke, building a Whole Foods, encourages people to drive to the neighborhood, It will block traffic coming up Duboce and block Market Street while people wait to turn onto the one lane left on Dolores for a valet to park their SUV in one of the 25 spaces. They will have to do that because there won’t be much parking left in the neighborhood now. If they really wanted to get people out of cars, why not remove the asphalt over the existing street car tracks on Dolores and run Street Cars again up that once beautiful Street as it was originally designed? Scott Weiner needs to be exposed for what he really is.
A tool for the developers.
What the preservation vote says about the 2012 supervisors
UPDATE: Important update at the end of this story
What does it mean that a historic preservation law favored by developers and promoted by Sup. Scott Wiener passed the Board of Supervisors 8-3? Maybe nothing. Historic preservation is a strange poliltical issue, favored by some of the wealthy white homeowner types who love pretty buildings (and aren’t so good on other issues), and this thing was sold as a way to help low-income people and affordable housing. But the reality is that the Wiener measure will make it harder to declare historic districts, and thuswill take away a tool that the left can use to stop uncontrolled commercial development. And remember: The affordable housing community wasn’t pushing this bill, and, for the most part, hasn’t had problems with historic preservation. The most progressive political club in the city, the Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club, came out strongly against the measure and urged Sup. Christina Olague, a co-sponsor, to oppose it:
We are extremely troubled that you appear to be buying into the flawed, bogus and self-serving arguments by SPUR and other supporters of this legislation that historic preservation is classist and leads to gentrification, interferes with the production of affordable housing and is a tool of San Francisco’s elite. Nothing could be further from the truth.
There was a way to address the issues of low-income people in historic districts without making it harder to block inappropropriate development, but Wiener’s bill went much further. And while I respect Scott Wiener and find him accessible and straightforward, and I agree with him on some issues, he isn’t someone whose basic agenda promotes the interests of tenants or low-income people. His supporters are much more among the landlord class and the downtown folks. The San Francisco Chronicle, which is a conservative paper on economic and development issues, loved the legislation.
So what happened when this got to the Board? Only three people — the ones the Chron calls “the stalwart left flank of the Board” — voted no.
John Avalos, David Campos and Eric Mar. They are now the solid left flank, the ones who can be counted on to do the right thing on almost every issue. Once upon a time, there were six solid left votes. Now there are three.
What does this mean for the other key issues coming up, including CPMC, 8 Washington, and the city budget? Maybe nothing. As I say, this issue is complicated. Olague told me, for example, that she’s really worried about working-class people who can’t afford to comply with the increased regulations that come with historic districts. Her vote doesn’t mean she’s dropped out of the progressive camp, or that she (or Sups. Jane Kim and David Chiu) can’t be counted on in the future. I really want to believe that this was just an aberration, a vote where I’ll look back in the fall and say: Okay, we disagreed on that one, but nobody’s perfect.
Still, it’s kind of depressing: The dependable progressive vote is down to three.
UPDATE/CORRECTION: I didn’t know when I posted this that Olague had spoken to the Milk Club leadership after the club’s statement went out and the club has since issued a correction:
Due to a misunderstanding, Supervisor Christine Olague’s position on the Historic Preservation Commission’s critical role in the life of San Franicsco was misrepresented in our weekly newsletter. Supervisor Olague is looking into ways to help continue Historic District status for the Queer community, the Filipino community in the South of Market area, and the Japantown area. She is specifically looking for wording that would help these plans remain viable and welcomes any questions on her position and on her plan. Our apologies to the Supervisor for this unfortunate mistake.
Man Rescued From Under F-Market Wheels One of Munis delightful and terrifying historic F-Market trolley cars.
Photo credit: Sergio Ruiz
Firefighters rescuing a man who became stuck under the wheels of an historic F-Market trolley car remind us why we should all have a healthy fear of anything on rails this morning. The victim was reportedly trying to board through the back door of the train car near Market and Seventh Streets when it started moving and struck him, causing the potential passenger to become trapped under the trolley wheels.
Rescue crews responding to the call around 10 a.m. this morning had to evacuate the trolley car before lifting it up to slide the man out. One passenger on the train told the Chronicle he heard the victim scream and the victim had “big lacerations on his leg. You could see the track marks.”
While that report makes it sound like the guy lost a limb when he was trapped under the heavy rail wheels, the man was brought to a nearby hospital with only minor injuries.[Chron]
Cyclocross: The Be-All Bike for San Francisco
SAN Francisco bike riders are lucky. We’ve got world-class road biking in Marin, killer single track to the North and South, and gorgeous bike touring along the coast. Not to mention the miles of bike lanes in our city.
But all these various types of riding require a different type of bike. And with San Francisco-sized apartments, it’s hard to find space for your four or five types of bikes, not to mention your roommate’s four or five bikes.
Heck, I had my mountain bike dismantled and stored on top of my fridge for most of last year…that is until I traded them all in for one bike: A cyclocross.
Cyclocross may very well be the best bike you’ve never heard of, and if you’re like me, it just may change your life—or at least your riding life.
Cyclocross is a sort of hybrid bike, only a really efficient and performance-based hybrid. It has road bike geometry, knobby tires, stronger brakes and a higher bottom bracket see picture below. Basically, it’s a beefy road bike that can tackle anything San Francisco has to offer—from street potholes to park single-track.
This week, I took my new Cannondale Super X Cyclocross out for a San Francisco spin—from my house in Duboce Triangle all the way to McLaren Park in the south end. On a mountain bike, I usually rent a car or BART it to McLaren Park, because the idea of rolling six miles of streets on fatty mountain bike tires sounds brutal.
On my cross bike, with its skinny tires and light frame, I was passing most rush hour car traffic en route to the trails. When I got to the park, I was able to roll up and down the narrow trails with ease, taking in the awesome views of San Francisco from the top and barreling down the smooth packed dirt on the way down. In two hours, I’d ridden through three neighborhoods and six miles of single-track—all on one bike.
About Old S.F. (One our favorite sites here at ExploreSF)
Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with the San Francisco Public Library in any way.
This site provides an alternative way of browsing the SFPL‘s incredible San Francisco Historical
Photograph Collection. Its goal is to help you discover the history
behind the places you see every day.
And, if you’re lucky, maybe you’ll even discover something about San Francisco’s rich past that you never knew before!
Where did these images come from?
The images all come from the San Francisco Public Library’s San Francisco Historical
Photograph Collection. They were culled from many sources, including the
Francisco News-Call Bulletin.
The creators of this site did not collect or digitize any of these images
— credit for that massive undertaking belongs entirely to the
Who built this site?
What did this site do?
The creators of this site associated latitudes and longitudes to the images in
the San Francisco Historical Photograph Collection at the San Francisco Public Library, located in the Main Branch on the 6th floor. This process is known as geocoding. Doing this
allows the images to be placed at points on a map, which enables new ways of
exploring this collection.
How were they geocoded?
The geocodes are based on two sources:
- Photo Subjects. All photographs in the “City Hall (old)”
series presumably belong in the same place. We manually geocoded several
- Addresses and Cross-Streets. The photo descriptions often contain
either an address, block number or set of cross-streets. These were
converted to coordinates using the Google
What’s the story of this project?
Several years ago, I searched for my cross-streets
on the Library’s San Francisco Historical Photograph Collection and found the
photo on the right. The image was mislabeled — the intersection in the
foreground is actually Waller and Fillmore, not Waller and Webster. Which
meant that this photo from 1945 was taken from my roof!
I put together a now-and-then
shot, but it always bothered me that the mislabeling of the image was so
crucial to my finding it. This led to the idea of putting the images on a
And now, years later, we have that map!
What fraction of the images have been geocoded?
The library’s collection contains about 40,000 images. Many of these
photographs have little geographic context (e.g. they’re portraits) and
cannot be located. In all, about 20,000 of the images could be placed on a
map. We’ve geocoded about 65% of the possible images: 13,000.
How can you help?
If you’re technically minded, here’s a JSON file containing all the image
descriptions, as well as geocodes for the records on the map (including the
reason I thought they were at that location): records.js.zip (2MB download).
If you improve on my geocoding or do something else interesting with the data,
please share your results!
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Copies of images may be ordered with the Reproduction of Images Form (PDF 31K). Many of the photographs are available for commercial use when a Permission to Publish Form (PDF 40K) has been submitted.
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- Good news for Muni riders? (sfgate.com)
San Francisco’s Chinatown is the oldest Chinatown in North America and the largest
Chinese community outside Asia. Since its establishment in the 1840s, it has been
highly important and influential in the history and culture of ethnic Chinese immigrants
to the United States and North America. Popularly known as a “city-within-a-city”,
it has developed its own government, traditions, over 300 restaurants, and as
many shops. Visitors can easily become immersed in a microcosmic Asian world,
filled with herbal shops, temples, pagoda roofs and dragon parades.
The reality of Chinatown is that there are two Chinatowns: One belongs to the locals, the
other charms the tourists. They overlap and dance with each other, drawing more visitors annually than the Golden Gate Bridge. At Explore San Francisco, we show you the city as a
local, so we will indeed take you to the touristy area but we will also escort you into the alleys and side streets where the residents lead their lives, usually unseen by most tourists.
The whole district smells delightfully of incense and green tea, and one feels as if they
are in Asia. Street musicians will be encountered playing the erhu, a two string instrument
similar to a violin or fiddle. They often perform traditional American songs from the early
20th century or late 19th century, many are songs their forefathers learned while building the railroads. At Portsmouth square, groups of people practice tai chi, while elderly men play elephant chess sometimes attracting throngs of spectators. We are going to see the sights and enjoy delicious food, sip exotic teas in a gourmet tea shop and we’ll have dimsum at the oldest Chinese bakery in the U.S. We’ll watch cookies being made at a fortune cookie factory. We’ll even go to a Buddhist Temple. These are not things that you would find on your own.
Visitors to Chinatown expect something they won’t find anywhere else. They expect to be stunned and enchanted and stuffed with great food. And they will. Customers of Explore SF expect to see the city as locals. And they will. We will show you the Chinatown that tourists rarely see, the alleys and side streets of Chinatown, this is where the locals do their daily business, leading their daily lives, which is afterall, the real Chinatown.
We also offer:
Chinatown-North Beach at Night!
MISSION DISTRICT FOOD TOURS
San Francisco’s first neighborhood, The Mission District is still the heart
and soul of vibrant San Francisco. This culinary journey is so wonderfully
vast that we have split the Mission District into two tours:
San Francisco’s first neighborhood, The Mission District is still the heart
and soul of vibrant San Francisco. You’ve shopped at Union Square. You’ve eaten crab Louis on Fisherman’s Wharf and had pot stickers in Chinatown. You’ve strolled through North Beach and ridden halfway to the stars on a little cable car. These are all perfectly pleasant ways to spend time in San Francisco, but they’re not the end of the story. They’re not even the beginning. San Francisco’s very first neighborhood—the sprawling, gritty, and sunny Mission District—is all but unknown to visitors. It was here, in 1776, that Spanish padres founded a mission, and it is here, today, that you will find the city’s most exciting and surprising cultural mix.
The Mission has always been relatively affordable, and it’s become a magnet for young people, actors, painters, dancers, and restaurateurs. They’ve brought with them great food and chic bistros. They’ve opened tiny, gorgeous boutiques, quirky political bookstores,and sizzling nightspots. They’ve founded cutting-edge theaters. Although not as famous as their Telegraph Hill relatives, The Mission District is also home to one of San Francisco’s famed wild Parrot flocks. The Mission boasts many design firms, organic co-ops, women’s co-ops, beautiful churches, a pirate radio station or two, artist co-ops, galleries, independent booksellers, many independent manufacturers including a couple bicycle factories, a motorcycle manufacturer, a backpack company, a brewery and a huge internet porn studio for http://www. kink.com which is housed in the Armory, 200,000 square foot former military complex that looks like a Moorish castle. But most San Franciscans especially love this neighborhood for the weather, Dolores Park and the food.
It’s time to give the Mission a try…
This culinary journey is so wonderfully vast that we have split
The Mission District into two tours:
The Mission North Tour
The Inner Mission neighborhood of Mission Dolores has a thriving core
centered at 16th and Valencia and that is where this tour is begins. This
tour’s last stop is The Mision San Francisco de Asis. (1776)
The Mission South Tour is a buffet of a street known as 24th Street,
the heart of the Mission. This tour will ends at the Precita Arts Murals Ctr.
Both tours are equally deliious and enjoyable. Bart stations are located in
both neighborhoods. If it’s too hard to choose, we recommend
doing both tours!
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