Zaab Northeastern Thai opens on Clement SFWeekly has a review of the new Zaab Northeastern Thai restaurant at 908 Clement (at 10th Avenue). It took over the space from Golden Deer, an underwhelming Vietnamese restaurant. Zaab means “tasty” in the northeastern Thai dialect and the restaurant features “two dozen salads, a handful of seafood dishes, and several recognizably Thai-traditional dishes like pad thai, gai yang (grilled chicken), and tom zap (spicy hot and sour soup), as well as many lunch specials.” Read the full review at SFWeekly
Doyle Drive ramp closures leads to big backups for commuters
I know I’m missing the Doyle Drive ramps that have been closed and apparently I’m not the only one. CBS 5 reports that bridge authorities have figured out why traffic is so backed up on northbound Doyle Drive heading towards the bridge:
Mary Currie with the Golden Gate Bridge District says the primary culprits seem to be drivers themselves who are cutting through the visitor parking lot at the south end of the bridge to detour under the freeway and get on Park Presidio. That’s backing up the parking lot exit, all the way back to Lombard Street sometimes.
I do it, do you? Apparently, their solution is to “get the state to funnel drivers down Van Ness to Geary Blvd instead, and then out to Park Presidio, instead of having them all get stuck on Doyle Drive.” Uh yeah, good luck with that one.
Profile of Kumquat Art boutique on Clement
You gotta love the shops that span the first few blocks of Clement Street. There are some great gift shops like Park Life, the new Seedstore, and Kumquat which NBC Bay Area recently profiled. Hard to believe it’s been there 13 years already, but if it’s been awhile since you’ve stopped in, see what the article has to say about their collection of goods from California vendors including games, ornaments, art, bags and more.
A lot of activity is happening in the Public Health Service District in the Presidio, more commonly known as the part of the Presidio just inside the 15th Avenue gate off Lake Street. It includes the new 154-unit Presidio Landmark apartment building (formerly a hospital), the Wyman Avenue historic homes, and a building occupied by businesses.
With the influx of Landmark and Wyman residents into this area, there are concerns about how the traffic will impact the Presidio as well as the surrounding arteries of the Richmond District, specifically along 14th and 15th Avenues. For the last decade or so, the gate at 14th Avenue has been closed, so all traffic in and out of the district has gone through the 15th Avenue gate.
But that will change in September, when the Presidio Trust plans to re-open the 14th Avenue gate, allowing one-way traffic inbound to the Presidio. They’ll also modify access on 15th Avenue, changing it to only allow one-way traffic out of the Presidio. So to get into the Presdio, you’ll only be able to use 14th Avenue. To exit it, you’ll use 15th Avenue (traffic on the actual city blocks of 14th and 15th Avenue will remain two-way).
Another change up for debate is how to temper traffic along two-way Battery Caulfield Road, which runs alongside the Presidio Landmark building, allowing traffic to reach the other side of the Presidio. Similarly, it is the only outlet that runs to the 15th Avenue gate, allowing for traffic to exit the Presidio (see map).
1) Limiting vehicle usage during weekday peak AM and PM hours, 7 to 9am and 5 to 7pm, as well as on weekends. How the traffic would actually be controlled has not yet been decided.
2) Limit vehicular use at all times, e.g. closing the road completely, in both directions, to cars.
However the issue is not just about what happens within the Presidio. The Battery Caulfield changes are also meant to appease residents on 14th and 15th Avenues who will contend with traffic that goes in and out of the Public Health Service District. At a recent neighborhood meeting, these residents challenged representatives from the Landmark, claiming that to NOT close Battery Caulfield Road completely would be a violation of a previous agreement they had made with the Presidio Trust in 2007.
As a resident of the Central Richmond District, I believe it’s a huge, short-sighted mistake to close Battery Caulfield Road (B.C.R.) completely for a few reasons:
1) This would cause an unnecessarily heavy burden of traffic on 14th Avenue. Closing B.C.R. would force any and all inbound traffic to the District through 14th Avenue. Returning Landmark residents and any others accessing the Public Health Service District from the north would always have to enter in 14th Avenue. Imagine you live at the Landmark and are returning from Marin. Rather than exiting at the toll plaza and winding through the Presidio and down B.C.R. to get home, you’d have to go to Highway 1, turn right on Lake and come in 14th Avenue.
2) The Central Richmond District would lose in an important alternate route through the Presidio and to the Golden Gate Bridge. At this point, no one has taken the Doyle Drive construction into account. As construction on the new roadway progresses, there will be more closures, slowdowns and residents looking for alternate ways to reach the Golden Gate Bridge and the north side of San Francisco. By closing B.C.R., you cut off an important artery for the Central Richmond District. This will drive more traffic onto Arguello and 25th Avenue when residents are looking for alternate routes through the Presidio.
3) Closing B.C.R. would be an overreaction to a situation that has not been thoroughly studied. The Presidio Trust did one traffic study in March 2009, counting cars during the week and on Saturdays that qualified as “cut-through traffic” at the 15th Avenue gate. But this was before the Presidio Landmark opened and before any Doyle Drive construction began.
It’s too early to tell how the Presidio Landmark will affect traffic patterns; the Landmark’s own staff says traffic will ramp up slowly over time as they are nowhere near full occupancy. Nor has the 14th Avenue gate been open the last 10 years. Re-opening it may be more than enough to alleviate traffic issues on 15th Avenue which neighbors are so concerned about.
The Presidio Trust is taking comments and feedback on the Battery Caulfield Road proposal until September 1 October 15 (the deadline was extended). To send in your comments, email firstname.lastname@example.org or mail a letter to: Planning Department, Presidio Trust, 34 Graham Street, P.O. Box 29052, San Francisco, CA 94129-0052 by October 15.
What would you like to see happen with Battery Caulfield Road?
If you’re coming back from Marin late on Saturday or on Sunday morning, be aware that the ramp from southbound Doyle Drive/Highway 101 to southbound Highway 1/Park Presidio Boulevard will be closed between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 11:00 a.m.
To accommodate construction on the new Presidio Parkway project, the overnight ramp closure will last from 10pm on Saturday, August 14 until 11am on Sunday, August 15 (13 hours). The closure is necessary to shift the southbound Highway 1 offramp to the north and continue Highway 101/1 interchange improvements.
The best alternative to get back to the Richmond District is to exit immediately after the Golden Gate Bridge toll booths as you come into the city. From there you can wind through the Presidio to the Arguello, 15th Avenue or 25th Avenue gates.
This Monday night from 6:30pm to 8:30pm, the Presidio Trust is holding a tour and update meeting at the new Presidio Landmark apartments inside the 15th Avenue gate.
The event will include a building tour and an introduction to the Landmark’s new management team. There also will be a tour of the Wyman Avenue historic homes and the District’s grounds. The meeting begins in the lobby of the Presidio Landmark at 6:30pm.
At the meeting, organizers will address some recent issues that have arisen from the construction and re-opening of the building:
– A remedy for the recent drainage issues outside the 15th Avenue gate
– Reopening the 14th Avenue Gate
– Options under consideration for the regulation of Battery Caulfield Road and traffic reduction along 15th Avenue. Neighbors also plan to ask the Trust to share the cost of speed humps on 15th Avenue between Lake and California streets.
For more information on the Public Health Service District, which includes the Presidio Landmark, the historic homes along Wyman Avenue (which are nearly ready to be re-opened), and various businesses in the district, visit http://www.presidio.gov/trust/projects/phsh/.
Special thanks to RichmondSFBlog reader Beth for sending this in.
SFAppeal reports that the SFPD will be kicking off targeted pedestrian stings in and around the area of Golden Gate Park, specifically the district patrolled by the Park Police.
The Park Police district includes the area bordered by Geary Boulevard, Steiner, Market, Upper Market, 7th Avenue and the east end of Golden Gate Park. So if you’re driving around there this week and next, mind your P’s and Q’s. Well, you should always do that but if you want to avoid a $220 ticket, pay extra attention.
That’s the cost for the most common infraction, which is not granting the right of way to a pedestrian in any marked or unmarked crosswalk. The SFAppeal gives us the lowdown on the exact law:
The law states that if a pedestrian is waiting to cross at a crosswalk, vehicles must yield. Drivers must yield even if the pedestrian is in an unmarked crosswalk intersection. If the pedestrian is in an unmarked crosswalk, they must look before stepping off the curb but if it is a marked crosswalk they are free to step into the intersection. Vehicles must yield in both situations.
And if you see any current or former Beatle crossing, for goodness sakes, please yield! Be safe out there,