Sunday, November 15, 2015

Night Construction on Van Ness Avenue

Van Ness Avenue, between Geary and Post, has been shut down all weekend, causing much traffic consternation.

A small army of construction workers have been working around the clock on a tunnel underneath the roadway which will connect two sections of the huge hospital complex currently rising on Van Ness.

Muni buses and taxis were being allowed through in a winding pathway around the construction site.

Most of the workers looked genuinely happy to be out there, probably making prevailing construction wages with overtime thrown in to the mix.

The traffic guards were all wearing hardhats that had a string of lights around the brim, making them look like miniature flying saucers about ready to take off. If this is not the next must-have fashion accessory, it should be.


Hattie said...

Good Lord. Soon there will not be an empty square inch in the whole City. It's madness.
And what happens if, or should I say, when, there is another major earthquake?

nancy namaste said...

Van Ness has been congested for ages but what we need to try and stop is the take over of the Palace of Fine arts for a luxury hotel or more expensive condos. Try to show up at the next Parks and Rec meeting on Nov 19, room 416 between 9:30 AM and 2 PM to speak out against this latest destruction of what's left of SF's heritage.

Michael Strickland said...

Dear Hattie: The hospital complex is replacing the Jack Tar Hotel, so it's no biggie in terms of infill of space. However, Nancy's right. The gangsters at City Hall, particularly at Rec & Park, are completely out of hand, monetizing anything and everything. They are asking for a world of hatred and hurt by trying to sell out the Palace of Fine Arts to private hands. This should be interesting.

janinsanfran said...

Wow! I hadn't heard about the Palace of Fine Arts, though no surprise.