August 16, 2014

This Week In Noe Valley: Uber At The Door, Upcycling And Upcoming Events

News from, about and for Noe Valley from around the interwebs:
[Photo: Good to be home by jakebrereton]

August 9, 2014

This Week In Noe Valley: Concerts In The Living Room, AirBnB Crackdown Crying, And Rental Angst

News from, about and for Noe Valley from around the interwebs:
[Photo: "Sitting on our front steps mowing some peasant pies" by hackerjackla]

August 2, 2014

This Week In Noe Valley: Mansion & Shacks, Murals & Alleys, Rants & Rumors

News from, about and for Noe Valley from around the interwebs:
[Photo: IKnowWhereYourCatLives]

July 27, 2014

Proposed: Traffic Signal For Intersection Of Church And Cesar Chavez Streets

There's a small sign posted on a pole at Cesar Chavez and Church Streets announcing a hearing about a proposed traffic signal for that intersection. Pretty big news, right? There have been calls for a stoplight at 24th/Church, but this is the first we've heard of one at this busy intersection. Our initial reaction is that it's not necessary unless it can smooth the interaction of pedestrian traffic on Church and all the cars trying to get to 101. Otherwise, this intersection flows pretty smoothly. So where did this proposal come from? Follow us down the rabbit hole (and watch out for PDFs).

Remember the SFMTA's Transit Effectiveness Project (TEP)? When we covered it in 2008 the main issue was bus routes - there was a strong push to alter routes and eliminate stops to speed up the service. Then in 2012 the J Church line was included in Muni Forward's Travel Time Reduction Proposal (TTRP). Basically, the proposal aims to speed the J Church along its route by reducing stops, relocating boarding areas, creating transit-only lanes and (this is the key part) including "traffic calming" at certain intersections (more on that below). The SFMTA study says changes will "reduce the travel time of the J Church within the study area by about 6.5 minutes total in both directions."

Projects like this are never easy in San Francisco, and of course there was an Environmental Impact Report (EIR). The huge public response sent everyone back to the drawing board, and many changes were made (for fellow planning dorks here are the three huge PDFs documenting response to public feedback: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3). The end result is that the amended EIR was approved with changes on May 22, 2014.

Approval of said EIR is what grants the SFMTA authority to add a traffic signal to Cesar Chavez and Church Streets. But what isn't clear is why the SFMTA is pursing a stoplight at this intersection only. The TTRP stipulates changes along the Church St route at 25th, 26th, and Day Streets -- the "expanded alternative" asks for unspecified "traffic calming" measures for those intersections, but offers a "moderate alternative" that will instead install traffic signals. (The TTRP makes clear that 24th and Church will get a light, but other changes there make for a bigger project that will likely happen later.) The August 1 hearing is asking the public to approve one of those traffic signals without addressing the rest of the J Church route.

If you have an opinion on this traffic light want your voice heard please attend the August 1 hearing at City Hall: 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, Room 416 at 10:00am.

Can't make the hearing? Per SFMTA hearing guidelines (emphasis ours):
Opinions on these proposed changes may be filed in writing prior to the hearing by email (link to with the subject line “Public Hearing.” Written opinions may also be transmitted to the Sustainable Streets Division via fax at 415.701.4737 or by mail: Engineering Public Hearing, Sustainable Streets Division, One South Van Ness Avenue, 7th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103-5417. Submitted opinions will become part of the official public record and will be brought to the attention of the person(s) conducting the hearing.

July 24, 2014

New Mural on Outer Church by Local Artist Amos Goldbaum

The building at the corner of Church and Day (now the home of Cardio-Tone and before that Kohler-Jones) is in the process of getting a mural painted by local artist Amos Goldbaum. A native of Bernal Heights, Goldbaum's style is hand-drawn images of iconic, local, and historic San Francisco landmarks. The finished mural will cover the entire building wall and feature lots of recognizable local touches (similar to what you'll find on the designs on his shirts). Here's a shot of the artist at work today:

Longtime Noe Valley residents will remember another funkier rainbow mural that used to be on the building when it was occupied by Mikeytom Market. That mural was called "Make Love" and was the work of Castro Street resident Brad Mossman (before it was a mural it was a street-level billboard which explains the smaller format of Mossman's mural).

A neighbor who spoke to the artist told us Goldbaum expects the mural to be done in about 2 weeks or less. Check it out while it's being created and you can meet the artist. Or you can follow the progress on Goldbaum's Instagram feed and on Twitter.

It already looks great and should be a gorgeous addition to the area.

[Photos: top images NVSF, bottom image a screenshot from B. Mossman's site]

July 21, 2014

Bloody Scene On 24th St

Fast breaking news from 24th St this evening. It started with this tweet at 7:39pm:
Based on the amount of blood in the above picture by Sara Gudernatch we assumed a stabbing or shooting. Close:

The man was subdued with non-lethal rounds by SFPD. More info:

The unidentified man was taken to the hospital. We hope he does well and gets the care he needs. At this time no other information is known, but we're glad no one was the victim of someone else's violence.We'll update as more information is available.

As for the blood in the street?

Noe Valley is quiet again.

Update (7/23):

[Photo: @GuderGoesGreen]