17 July 2013

Image of the Week: SFpark meter and Mural

Where: Valencia Street (between 23rd & 24th streets), San Francisco, CA
When: July 2013
What: SF Park Parking Meter and Mural on wall of Buena Vista-Horace Mann Academic Middle School
Comment: Murals make much of San Francisco a more beautiful place, especially along long blank walls.
Related Posts: very tangentially, a post I did on temporary graffiti art for the Amber Dhara Restaurant. More relevant is the story of a different mural at Buena Vista - Horace Mann School, painted by school children in 2012, which was accidentally painted over by school employees just months after the mural was originally painted. Luckily the mural was later restored.

I'll try to find out who designed and painted this lovely abstract mural.

11 July 2013

Evenly Split: SoMa BART on Folsom and Townsend

The results from June's SoMa BART poll have been collected and tabulated. Thanks to all of the 93 people who voted. Not quite the 100 I'd hope for, but a sufficient number to be statistically significant.

And the winner is....

a TIE between Folsom Street and Townsend/King St! - both of which received 30 votes or 32% of the votes.


Alignment Percentage Votes
Mission St 11.8% 11
Folsom St 32.3% 30
Townsend St/ King St 32.3% 30
16th St to 7th St 23.7% 22

All throughout the voting Folsom Street and Townsend/King were neck and neck. Alas, they are both very popular alignments. The dark horse candidate, 16th St to 7th St received a surprisingly high 24% of the vote, while Mission Street tripped out of the gate and never had a chance.

Although this was in no way a scientific poll, it does show that there is great support for both the Folsom and the Townsend/King alignments. I introduced the 16th St/7th St alignment to shake things up a bit, and succeeded in doing so. Many folks supported it for going to many areas that wouldn't be served by either the Folsom or Townsend alignments.

09 July 2013

Image of the Week: Oakland Airport Connector

Where: Hegenberger Road, Oakland, CA
When: June 2013
What: Partially constructed Oakland Airport Connector, which is being built as a cable train rather than a standard electric rail train.
Comment: Cost of project is supposed to be less with cable train. Essentially it is a flat funicular.
Related Posts: Bay Area Transit Map: A Possible Future shows the Oakland Airport Connector built.