Open-air urinal coming soon to Dolores Park

The SF Chronicle reports:

First came the iPod – now comes the pPod, a custom-made, open-air urinal that San Francisco is installing at Dolores Park to help deal with the hordes of male hipster inebriants that descend on the popular Mission spot on weekends.

Looks cool! Read on.

[via Mission Local]

More Dolores Park renovations mean more Dolores Park closures

Saturday, March 1, 2014. That’s tomorrow.

Today (rainy, rainy today) is your last chance to enjoy classic “hipster hill” (aka “tallboy terrace”) before it’s closed and razed and slowly renovated over a period of many months. Where will all the tallboys go?

[via Dolores Park Works]


SFist has the full story.

[Photo by Rebecca Bortman]

The titillating secret messages hidden within Mission street names

Bernalwood, our favorite neighborhood blog, yesterday published a guide to the anagramified secret messages hidden in the names of all the streets up on the hill. Today, we submit that the Mission’s secret messages are even better. Check these out:

Harem Ship = Hampshire
Air Horns = Harrison
Tater = Treat
Shaven Snouts = South Van Ness
Anal Vice = Valencia
Albino = Albion
Red Baron = Dearborn
Carnal S.O.S. = San Carlos
Rod Fail = Florida
Czar Have Sec = Cesar Chavez
Doe Cub = Duboce
Two Hells = Shotwell
Carpet Pest = Capp Street
In Carol = Clarion
Tart Belt = Bartlett
Ably Lamely = Balmy Alley
A Goner = Orange
Lava Road = Alvarado
Pig Deal = Lapidge
Old Sore = Dolores

Highlight the list to see the translations. Killer titillating anagrams, am I right?

[Photo of my friend Carol by American Tripps]

Cool new swing installed on Valencia Street

This is a still from a short film by Doc Pop.

Another Google bus protest

[via @ellebeans]

It’s Christmas in the Mission!

[via Kristin]

The ‘anti-gentrification underground’ thinks Pop’s might become a Bi-Rite

With the future of Pop’s uncertain (be sure to read Broke-Ass Stuart’s heartfelt remembrance), rumors abound. A reader wrote in last night with a query:

I am a frequent reader of missionmission (clap clap- I love the site) and I heard a rumor I thought you might know something about- is the (awesome) pops bar on 24th street turning into a freakin’ birite? I heard some buzz about it and figured you had your ear to the ground on these sorts of things.

Well, cool, thanks!

I said, “Where’d you hear this rumor?”

A few friends who are pretty plugged in to the anti-gentrification underground were buzzing about it the other day over drinks. I don’t expect that they’d be open to telling me where they heard it- they are pretty private about that stuff- but it definitely got my wheels turning so figured I’d ask.

Shrug. Thanks, anyway.

Sounds pretty solid.

UPDATE (Monday, December 2, 2013): Bi-Rite wrote in to tell us that this rumor is false.

[Photos by Google Maps]

Simulated terrorist attack on the old Bay Bridge

Turns out the old Bay Bridge is still good for something after all! Photographers’ Blog tells us all about it:

While at a wedding rehearsal last week, I received a call from my editor to cover Urban Shield, a large-scale, 48-hour preparedness exercise for first responders. With participants and observers attending from various states and countries, Urban Shield is in a sense the Super Bowl of preparedness exercise.

I knew I wanted to document the event when I heard that parts of it will be held at the recently closed eastern span of the former San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.

Read on for the full story and lots more pics.

Gnarly pedestrian accident

@SFSavage, father of P.D. Bird was tangentially involved in a pedestrian car accident today downtown:

Apparently the driver took off before the police got involved. Really hoping the pedestrian is not too badly injured, but it sounds pretty rough. These streets are busy, and I’m hearing about too many pedestrian/car/bike accidents these days. No matter how you’re moving through a street, it’s everyone’s responsibility to be aware of what’s around. I like to think I’m careful as a pedestrian, on a bike and in my car, but we could all use a reminder.

In other news, Curbed reports that the large and confusing intersection at Haight-Gough-Market is getting an overhaul with regards to safety. Good to hear, I was the victim of a hit and run while walking across that street a year ago.