Tree bandages

Let me explain to you why this is the cutist thing ever:

Last Thursday night/Friday morning, some severely confused/crazy woman allegedly noticed a person drop his keys near 22nd and Bartlett as he was fumbling them out of his pocket to unlock his car.  Before he could see where they fell, she snatched them up and waited as the befuddled would-be driver retraced his steps to see if he had left them somewhere behind.  Utilizing this moment of vulnerability, the woman opened the car, started it, and made her swift getaway–DOWN THE BARTLETT STREET SIDEWALK!

She wasn’t a very good driver and couldn’t quite navigate the narrow sidewalk, slamming back and forth into the trees that lined the walkway and the walls of the neighboring homes, obliterating the little sidewalk community garden that residents had planted there and maintained over the years.  When she finally slammed into a dumpster and realized she was stuck, she aborted the car theft and jumped out, attempting to escape on foot.  Congrats to our pal Tava for waking up from all the commotion and calling the police, who apprehended the woman shortly thereafter.

Now, back to the tree bandages.  The neighbors have been trying to save the garden and the trees that were injured during this attempted vehicular herbicide, and they’ve fashioned these adorable tree slings to help the little guys recover.  In the meantime, they’ve been working to replant the garden and re-erect the tiny fences that lined the sidewalk.  So much love for a neighborhood garden!  Get well soon!

Build your own Parklet

I’m not exactly sure what’s going on here, but to the naked eye it appears that an interstitial parklet is in the midst of completion.  Now, this isn’t your normal parklet that replaces a public street parking spot, but rather a couple of narrower planter boxes that cover the small swath of red curb between driveways.  Notice how the planter also contains very similar plants to those on the sidewalk and you get an idea of the consistency planned.  Technically, the space directly in front of the driveway should be usable at the discretion of the homeowner, and if he or she wants to have a personal parklet and incorporate any nearby red area where parking would already be prohibited, it seems like the city is on board.

I may be mistaken, but I have a feeling this is in front of Deep’s house (the guy with the speaker bicycle), and this project would seem to resonate perfectly with his DIY ethos.  I wonder if this will start off a trend where homeowners on Valencia all decide to turn their driveways into parklets!

Previously:

Another parklet coming to Valencia!

Yet another parklet nears completion on Valencia

Fences up at Dolores Park

They said they would, and now they did.  These pictures don’t necessarily address the scope of the area covered, but they give you and idea of what the park will look like for the next few months.

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Forager foraging

That’s gonna be a gnarly dinner salad.

[via Carlos]

Mission energizer station brings its ‘A’ game to Bike to Work Day

Happy Bike to Work Day 2011 everyone!  Come and join the party at Valencia and 17th, where there’s free bags, bananas, music, and all sorts of festivities!  Not on your route?  Check out the handy map!

Keep up the great work SF Bike Coalition!

Previously:

Segway to Work Day

Recycling rage

It seems as though not everyone’s on board with the this whole recycling thing.  I’d hate to see what they think of our city’s mandatory composting program.

[Photo by Matt Hill]

Cat Attack

San Francisco still has a laser cat problem. Getting rid of these things isn’t as easy as people think.

We previously witnessed Brock’s close encounter, (The green ones may be the most common) and were haunted by a frightening depiction.

What do they want?? Or are they just hell bent on creating destruction?

(image by mikeynoogiee)

Celebrate Earth Day with Sun Ra

See that, way down there at the bottom? Sun Ra!

I wonder if, even though it’s Earth Day, he’ll still channel some “Space is the Place”:

In any case, Earth Day is an important occasion. Learn about its history here, and do visit Earth Day SF if you can.

P.S. Did you know Sun Ra’s birth name was Herman Poole Blount? Dope birth name!

Cherry Blossom Drama

Remember, it is NOT okay to pick these cherry blossom branches.  Nobody cares that you are planning the most romantic Valentine’s Day ever for your significant other by trying to recreate the opening sequence from Samurai Shodown in your bedroom.  Please respect the amazing cherry blossom clip art that was created specially for this informative sign.

There are better ways to get cherry blossoms, folks, and it’s not from these embattled trees on 19th Street @ York.

Drivers of Environmentally Friendly Performance Automobiles Enjoy Rhea’s Sandwiches

This completely electric Tesla Roadster was parked in front of Rhea’s Deli for a couple of hours on Sunday. Apparently rich, eco-conscious speed freaks love Asian-fusion sandwiches and are exempt from current CA yellow curb traffic laws.

If you want my completely not-a-car-guy evaluation, the thing is the size of a Miata and has lots of cool vents. It also costs as much as a house in Concord.

By the way, since when did the benches in front of Rhea’s become such the hang?

Update: Yellow curbs aren’t enforced on Sundays.