We are sure you all have had your fair share of frustration for the long, never-going-to-end N Judah Improvement Project. While Muni isn't going to be digging up our roads or sidewalks right now, they are going to start improving the Sunset Tunnel through their Sunset Tunnel Trackway Improvement Project. The project will involves replacing tracks, upgrading overhead wiring, refurbishing fire water valves, retrofitting the retaining walls and their foundations, and adding transit signal priority for Muni cars at nine intersections along the N-Judah route.
Constant postponements by SFMTA will now cease and supposed construction work will commence around 7pm this Friday until 2am Monday. While the work is underway, bus shuttles will replace regular N-Judah service between Church and Duboce and Ocean Beach. The bus shuttles will follow the regular N-Judah route, except of course for the tunnel portion (they'll travel along Haight instead).
Good luck everyone.
Portions of this article were taken, with permission, from Hoodline. Read their article here.
Uppercasing did a great round-up of what's coming and going in the Upper Haight. Below is a bit of a snapshot of what they spotlighted. To read the entire article click here.
First up, All You Knead is still boarded over, with no sign on life anywhere. It’s been 9 months since they closed up shop.
Also yet to open: Second Act at what used to be the Red Vic. They’d projected mid-December, but the facade is still up, and Alembic has yet to be expanded.
New roof-mounted AT&T “wireless telecommunications services” facilities at Haight & Cole St on top of Earthsong. We’ll know more after the hearing on the 16th.
The possibility of the Farmer’s Market happening all year round!
The Ice Cream Bar, at 815 Cole, and owner Juliet Pries are being featured tonight on the Cooking Channel in the San Francisco special of “Sweet Treats.” The segment airs tonight at 7, and if you tune in you can catch the Ice Cream Bar being featured as one of the most exciting dessert destinations in the city.
According to the Cooking Channel’s summary of the segment: “Owner Juliet Pries has crossed an old-timey soda fountain (complete with soda jerk) and flavor-forward creations, like the peppery Tiny Bubbles Float, the fruity Tropical Split, and the butterscotchy (and aptly-named) Too Good To Be True Milkshake.”
We’d just like to join you in raising a glass or two to the Ice Cream Bar. You can catch more about the segment, which also features Dandelion Chocolate and Craftsman & Wolves, right here.
This blog was originally published on Uppercasing.com.
The SFPD’s roundup report yesterday included a burglary in Cole Valley. The report spoke of a burglary that happened in the 800 block of Cole at Carl. A call to the SFPD was unable to confirm the exact location of the business, but likely options include the Ice Cream Bar, Kezar Bar and Crepes on Cole, probably in that order.
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Want to get involved with CVIA (Cole Valley Improvement Association?), come to their meeting this Saturday!
CVIA is having their annual general meeting this Saturday at Kezar, and they’ll be joined by former San Francisco Mayor Art Agnos. On the agenda? The Warriors on the waterfront.
For anyone not up on Agnos’s politics, he’s anti-Warriors on the waterfront, although he does say he would like them to be in San Francisco. You can read his full response here, before he takes his show on the road.
The general meeting with be at Kezar Bar (Cole & Carl) from 1-4pm on Saturday the 24th, and there’s a $10 door charge. In addition to Agnos’s guest speech, CVIA will be electing new officers, talking Cole Valley Street Fair, and presenting some awards. There will be wine, beer, and appetizers, so Steve Schick & Co. ask for you to let them know if you plan to attend. Email CVIASF[at]aol[dot]com to RSVP.
Be there and get involved. That’s an order!
Article originally posted on uppercasing.
The Ice Cream Bar and Soda Fountain in Cole Valley has proposed a parklet!! What are your thoughts? Do you think it's a great idea, considering that The Ice Cream Bar has limited indoor seating and it would help create more business for them? Or do you think that Cole Valley is already tight on parking spaces that taking another 2 parking spaces (remember when SFMTA took a bunch on Carl Street due to N Judah Rail Replacement/Improvement Project??), that CV neighbors desperately need.
On Nextdoor, Ted Loewenberg from the Haight Ashbury Improvement Association invites you to write to DPW with your thoughts. He also invites you to CC him at tedlsf[at]sbcglobal[dot]net so he can provide feedback to the ICB.
Thanks to our fellow bloggers at Uppercasing, we have gotten the low down on next steps to reinvision the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood.
In 2011, the Haight Ashbury Merchant's Association (HAMA), the Haight Ashbury Improvement Association (HAIA), the Haight Ashbury Neighborhood Council (HANC), and our lovely Cole Valley Improvement Association (CVIA) came together to discuss a new plan for the neighborhood. They wanted to create a more functional and enjoyable neighborhood for both people who live and work in the area, without "gentrifying or altering the character of the neighborhood." You may have seen some parklets and tons more bike racks along Haight, especially near Martin Macks and Haight Street Market. Now, fast forward last night when the neighborhood associations came together to work with Supervisor Olague to further discuss the plans to move forward on the long term project to improve the public spaces along Haight from Central to Stanyan Street.
Uppercasng spoke with a rep of HAMA that the rep stressed that, "they don't want to turn the Haight into a pedestrian mall or tourist trap. What they want to do is to make it so that 'the street reflects the vibrant community that lives and works in the neighborhood.'"
Below is a list of some of the improvements the plan will include:
Tentatively, the goal for completion for this plan is envisioned for the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love, aka 2017.
If you want to get involved and come to one of the community meetings, the next meeting will be on Wednesday, October 24th from 6-7:30pm at Urban School. The HAMA "urge you to 'share your ideas for how the neighborhood's streets and sidewalks function and how to make them more enjoyable, safe, and convenient for residents, workers, and visitors.'"
Blog adapted from Uppercasing's article, "More Details on the Haight Ashbury Improvement Plans."