1) Chase Gets Chased Out of the Castro: "Hmm. I usually agree with the sentiments expressed above, but there are only a few intersections in this City that are more iconic than 18th and Castro, especially if you're a part of the gay community. The fact that it's become dominated by corporate tenants (especially *bland* corporate tenants) has long been bemoaned. At least Haight & Ashbury has a Ben & Jerry's and not two banks and a pharmacy. ..."
2) SFBG Sez: No to Twisty Cylinder: "I walk through Embarcadero Center at the second and third levels every few months. The allure is strange for me. I agree that at massive scales the EC is really wonderful but it, along with Golden Gate Apartment Towers next door, destroyed any semblance of street life in the immediate area.
Hell, there's not much 'street life' on the skywalks above, either, from of the wind. I saw a table of young buttoned-down types trying their best to eat lunch, hold a conversation, and keep everything from blowing away. ..."
3) Just About Done: UC Hastings's Battle-Scarred Parking Garage: "Considering that it used to be a parking lot with a sidewalk full of bums shooting heroin into their ankles, ANYTHING, even a parking garage with ground-level retail, would be an improvement.
Unless, of course, you're a bum who shoots heroin into your ankles. Then you're bummed."
4) On the Table: Market Loses Some Cars, Gets Outdoor Seating: "I don't think tinkering with cars on Market is really going to make a big difference. Really cars are not the problem and shunting them elsewhere will just create traffic problems, not make Market any nicer. Market St. could definitely be spruced up but that would require money, not half-baked traffic schemes."
5) A Tax to Clean up Cig Litter: "I used to smoke, so I'll play devil's advocate here. There are no proper places to dispose of cigarettes in SF. OK, none might be a bit extreme, but I have a better chance of finding a republican in SF than I do a proper ash can.
You can't throw them in a normal trashcan, or you run the risk of fires. On top of that, cans are a rarity in SF. Seems to be that most people just litter like mad anyway. The thought process is that 'someone else' will clean it up. Be it hipsters, homeless, or the city.
Instead, we get recycling things on top of trash cans instead of cigarette cans. SF, you asked for this."