BARTscalator Cuidado

Again?

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Dear BART: it’s not like society just invented escalators. This is a fairly well-understood technology, used world-wide.

How many dedicated escalator repair personnel do you have? How many spare parts do you hold onsite? Why does this escalator keep breaking?

As a completely unfair comparison, I present you the much bigger (and very deep) Moscow subway. Not only are the stations prettier, but they keep the escalators running:

How do you keep them running?

“People,” Likhachev says. His division has a staff of 3,000. It has workers posted at every station during operating hours. It has a 20-member emergency rapid response team. It also has its own factory churning out spare parts, “so we don’t have to rely on suppliers.”

This is not to say that all escalators work all the time, because they don’t. But let’s be clear about one thing: “We do not have escalators out of order,” Likhachev says. “We close some for repair.”

Travel and dine back in time

The esteemed time travel team at Pastmapper have released a little bit of history that you can hold in your hand — behold the Pastmapper iPhone app that lets you check into the ghosts of restaurants and bars past. The sixties welcomes you:

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@bradvertising has started with 1966, with more years coming. But it’s fascinating to dig in and see what was where when. The Smile Awhile Tavern (aka proto-Farolito Bar) welcomes you:

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You get more points for checking in close to the place, but fret not, I will destroy you on the leaderboard.

Anyway, more detail over on Pastmapper, so turn on, check in, and drop a note.

Mission Boogaloo

Better late than never, an animated GIF of breakdancing/kung-fu fighting from Sunday Streets:

This guy was also doing that Russian kick-dancing thing (kazachok/prisyadka?) which was pretty awesome. Almost made up for the Dennis Richmond Band getting shut down by the cops thanks to the parents of the kids band playing by the library, or so the rumor goes.

I miss the Groger’s Western Store sign

Anyone know where it is? This seriously bums me out.

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The Dennis Richmond Band

The Dennis Richmond Band, live at Sunday Streets!

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(For those with a long Mission Mission memory, more here.)

Street noodles

Dear San Francisco. I demand Hong Kong street noodles. Immediately.

Ceci (n’est pas) un swing

Someone please make a single-serving web site for the status of the Valencia Street Swing.

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Dolores Park Aquarium / Terrarium

Hmm, graffiti or art?

I do like the koi:
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The ants are OK (though the artistic merit of something I am currently battling in my kitchen is debatable.)
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What the hell? Does this suck or did they get interrupted? (Also, no Sutro? get with the program.)
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Red 5, standing by

We’re passing through the magnetic field.

Capp Street Heliport

The Facebook IPO is already changing the Mission:

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H/T to @cowperthwait

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