KB Home : to Construct Mid-Rise Luxury Condo Building in San Francisco

4-traders.com : excerpt

Homebuilder announces plans for new urban community at 72 Townsend in San Francisco’s highly-desirable SOMA district…
The development of 72 Townsend is currently underway, with a grand opening scheduled for summer 2014. The condominiums, penthouses and one exclusive townhome available at KB Home’s 72 Townsend will range between 810 and 2,859 square feet in size, with up to three bedrooms and two-and-a-half baths.
Each residence will also include an underground parking space in the complex’s secured garage, adding to its appeal (more)

Do only luxury condos rate parking spaces in SF now?

Green Zones and Parking

by GRI : jacksonfuller.com – excerpt

Green curbs are for short-term parking, generally less than 10 minutes. Standard effective hours are 9:00 am to 6:00 pm, Monday through Saturday.
In metered areas, green meters will have either a 15 or 30 minute time limit.
Vehicles bearing disabled placards or plates are exempt from the time limits for green curbs/meters.
Green curbs/meters are typically used for:

  • Small neighborhood grocery/deli convenience stores
  • Dry cleaners
  • Florists
  • Audio-visual repair shops
  • Shoe repair shops
  • Postal shipping centers
  • Hardware stores
  • Video rental stores
  • ATM machines

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Marina Boat Owners Riled by Proposal to Take Cars Off Bike/Ped Path

by Aaron Bialick : sf.streetsblog – excerpt

DPW proposes removing the 51 parking spaces along the only stretch of the Bay Trail where cars are currently allowed.
Along Marina Boulevard there’s a bicycle and pedestrian path where visitors and residents can stroll along the bay without having to worry about cars — until they get to the stretch between Scott and Baker Streets, where drivers are allowed to enter the path to access 51 parking spaces.
It’s the only part of the 500-mile Bay Trail where people must share space with cars. But now the Department of Public Works is leading an effort to remove those parking spots and ban cars on that stretch of the path. At a public meeting yesterday, the proposal was met with protest from about a dozen boat owners who claimed they were entitled to those parking spaces as part of the $10,000 yearly fee they pay to store their vessels…
“The bicyclists pay nothing. They don’t pay taxes. They’re just out for whatever they can get. And I think it’s time that the citizens of this city say we’ve had enough,” said another man. “The fact is that we, as tenants, are paying for this whole marina and its facility, so don’t do a number on us,” he warned DPW staffers… (more)

Wonder how they were noticed about the plan.

Helmets not included in bike share program

Open letter:

San Francisco’s poorly implemented bike sharing program is an awful concept from start to finish. We live in a city with dense traffic on all sides and the city is now renting bicycles WITHOUT HELMETS. In 2009, over 600 people were killed while riding their bicycles. Over 500 of them could have survived if they wore a bicycle helmet. Why is San Francisco City Hall enabling this type of bad behavior?
City Hall has emboldened cyclists into believing that there is minimal risk in cycling on busy city streets. Thanks to the disastrous bike share program we now have novice cyclists (and scores of international tourists) rolling around San Francisco who don’t know the California rules of the road. The City Supervisors legislate bottled water and toys in Happy meals but don’t require cyclists to know the California rules of the road, or follow the best practices of cycling?
And what happens the first time someone falls down, cracks their head on the pavement, and their brains go sliding across the street? Oh, I know!  The Bicycle Lobby will swoop in like a pack of vampires and read from their list of prepared statements:
“We need to slow the street down”
“it’s really important to have safe routes to work”
”we need a a redesign plan with two-way streets and separate bike lanes”
“large trucks should be fitted with convex mirrors”
It is not acceptable to sit by while San Franciscans are killed on streets when you have the power to prevent these deaths.
The obnoxious (and disliked) Bicycle Lobby proudly states on their website that they, “led the way for the bicycle share pilot program and are advocating for the launch of a full scale bike sharing system in San Francisco.”  After all of the arguments to reconfigure streets for “safety” the Bicycle Lobby is now willing to make a gigantic exception to cyclists wearing helmets while they are renting taxpayer funded city owned property. I have no pity for anyone who puts themselves in traffic without a helmet or following the best practices of their chosen mode of travel.
When motorists put themselves in busy city traffic we do so with mandatory seat belts, multiple airbags, steel bumpers, liability insurance, and a license to drive. Riding a bicycle on ANY busy San Francisco street can get you crippled, killed, and / or drooling into a cup for the rest of your life. Wake up City Supervisors! All the boo hoo’ing in the world won’t un-break your skull if you slam into a motor vehicle (at any speed) or crack your unprotected head on the pavement. Cycling is impractical and unsafe for families, daily commuting, and in the rain. The taxpayer-funded bicycle lanes and additional cycle traffic have not only increased traffic congestion, they have also brought new danger to pedestrians as well as cyclists themselves.
City Hall’s campaign to inflict bicycle lanes on a public that largely has no use for them has reached a new level of absurdity with this bike share program. Forcing taxpayers to pay for (and subsidize) a mode of transit that sidesteps the “best practices” of bicycle safety and road sharing is hypocritical and short-sided. Shame on you City Hall for AGAIN pandering to the Bicycle Lobby. If you want safer city streets then enforce traffic laws for everyone and require cyclists to register their bikes, wear helmets, and follow the rules of the road.
We encourage you to watch the video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=gxOeKwVVCVg
and then to read statements from the Citizens of Save Masonic , STOP SFMTA, and SAVE Polk Street.
– The San Francisco Coalition of Aging and Disabled Motorists
“Equal rights are not special rights”