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Wag More, Bark Less

Boing Boing, A sound rule.

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Lands End Ramp, Patio at 330 Esplanade

The beach ramp for moving rock and equipment down to the beach below the Lands End “dog park”, and, more pictures of the failing bluff-top patio between 330 and 320 Esplanade Ave. Pacifica, CA.

For a complete chronology and links to many more photos see Evacuation underway at 330 Esplanade:

http://adequatebird.com/2009/12/17/evacuation-underway-at-330-esplanade/

See all of my pictures of the Esplanade crisis:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/chrisd2006/collections/72157622920945823/

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Franco Fontana Praga 1967

Original image via This Isn’t Happiness, Palette. The rest of resulted from my search for the “real” image.

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Photo of the Day: Untitled by Heart of Oak

Photo Credit: Heart of Oak, image Untitled (Flickr).

Thanks to Heart of Oak for making the image available to be reposted according to Creative Commons rights:

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Visible and Invisible Progress Along Esplanade

Lands End

An excavator has appeared next to the closed coastal stairs in the open “dog park” area north of 310 Esplanade, and word is to expect an approximately 3-month project to shore up the bluff below Lands End, the driveway, and building 112. See pictures above (iPhone pictures – pretty good).

According to the permit approved by the Coastal Commission on February 16th, the plan is to cut a “road” down through the dog park to permit tracked vehicles and trucks to move rock down to the shoreline. Once the road is in place, a rock rip rap wall or revetment will be placed along the base of the bluff. No soil nail wall reinforcement or other work is planned. (For details see my post from March 11th, Emergency permits processed by Coastal Commission for 100 and 360 Esplanade.)

As I said back on March 7th (Work to Begin at Lands End?) a road down through the dog park is essential even if it will be steep or switch-backed, or both. So while we’ll lose a nice neighborhood asset, at least temporarily, we will gain some needed security and safety.

360 & 380 Esplanade (Aimco Apartments)

Equipment, including a nice tall crane, has been moved into the parking area between 360 and 380 Esplanade. In addition, scaffolding will be erected adjacent to the rocks on the bluff. Much more work is planned for these properties than at Lands End:

Installation of an approximately 3,240-square-foot, 50-foot-high soil nail wall along an approximately 40- foot-long section of the upper bluff consisting of (1) approximately 50-foot-long soil nails placed at 5-foot intervals in both the vertical and horizontal direction, (2) a facing element such as shotcrete with wire mesh reinforcement. and (3) drainage panels behind the wall facing.

(Text of the Commission’s permit approval, from my post on March 11th, Emergency permits processed by Coastal Commission for 100 and 360 Esplanade.)

100 Palmetto Avenue, Dollar Radio – Joan Levin

  • Work was done to install stitch piers and reinforcements above the coastal zone to halt hillside slides that threatened one or more structures on the property. I don’t know if it’s complete.

Pacifica View Villas

  • Notification of an emergency permit application for construction of a rock rip rap revetment, filed at the Coastal Commission for Pacifica View Villas, was posted at that property on March 21st. See Notice of Pending Permit – Pacifica View Villas HOA. I have not heard of any construction at that property yet.

310 Esplanade

  • North end of the building remained stable but precarious, with sporadic new reports of minor sand falls from the bluff.
  • I do not believe that there is a Coastal Commission permit for any work to be done on 310. The emergency permits approved for work along this part of Esplanade are restricted to 320, 330 and 360. (See Emergency Permits Approved for 320, 330 and 360 Esplanade)
  • The owner of 310 (and 320 Esplanade) does already have a permit application before the Coastal Commission for a complete restoration and reinforcement project, but as far as I know it has not been approved. (See April 2009 Coastal Commission Permit Approval for Rip Rap)

320 Esplanade

  • Six apartments of the south end (3 first floor, 3 second floor) remain red-tagged and vacant. The patios of the end units are hanging in space and undercut nearly to the foundation but the bluff face is drilled and stabilized with soil nails and a sprayed layer of shot crete.
  • No further work is planned for 320 Esplanade, as far as I know. Details are the same as for 310 Esplanade.

330 Esplanade

  • Entire building red tagged and vacant. No activity has been noticed at this address since the temporary anti-trespassing fencing was installed.
  • No permits for further work at 330 Esplanade have appeared on the Coastal Commission website, and there are no published or publically accessible plans that the City of Pacifica has indicated will enable residence to resume in the building.

340 Esplanade

  • North end of building stable, protected by rock rip rap placed early this year.
  • No indication of plans for additional work at this time.

350 Esplanade

  • Has not experienced threatening bluff erosion to date.

For a complete chronology and links to many more photos see Evacuation underway at 330 Esplanade:

http://adequatebird.com/2009/12/17/evacuation-underway-at-330-esplanade/

See all of my pictures of the Esplanade crisis:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/chrisd2006/collections/72157622920945823/

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Uke and Friends – Friday March 26 at Chit Chat Cafe

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Happy Childhood

vintagephoto: Happy Childhood.

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February 2010 Esplanade Update – Photo Gallery

A look at the work done to halt erosion behind 330 Esplanade, and the dramatically undercut patios behind 320 Esplanade.

Full size versions of these images:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/chrisd2006/sets/72157623410647519/

For a complete chronology and links to many more photos see Evacuation underway at 330 Esplanade:

http://adequatebird.com/2009/12/17/evacuation-underway-at-330-esplanade/

See all of my pictures of the Esplanade crisis:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/chrisd2006/collections/72157622920945823/

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CALIBER, Stuart Dixon: POST.

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We Have Signs

From Flickr user Rubin Starset.

Via Laughing Squid:

San Francisco’s Answer to Westboro Baptist Church

Westboro Baptist Church showed up to protest in front of Twitter’s San Francisco office on Thursday, but found themselves severely outnumbered by a crowd of absurdist pranksters, including guest blogger EDW Lynch above.

One of the best ways to deal with extremist haters, IMHO.

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Through Their Lens: Bats1234

“This Battlestation Is Fully Operational” by Bats1234

“This Battlestation Is Fully Operational” by Bats1234

Excerpted from Caliber, a must-see photography website with a lot of images from San Francisco:

Talk about your chosen image? When was it taken? Where? Why did you take it? What did you think of your image once processed?

This photo was taken in an open stairway at the Embarcadero Center – a place that has always fascinated me.  The Center is a failed urban experiment of concrete walkways, offices, and businesses.  Built in the late 1960’s and 70’s, it’s bold and cold – a giant habitrail that never quite lived up the planner’s vision of warm and efficient workplace, shopping center, and gathering spot.  The picture captures that – the massive power and abandoned coldness of the Center’s underbelly.

CALIBER Through Their Lens: Bats1234.

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Why We Left 320 Esplanade (Photo Gallery)

We were not required to evacuate 320 Esplanade but decided to leave once we saw the scary state of the remaining bluff behind the building.

See these pictures on Flickr:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/chrisd2006/sets/72157623145272267/detail/

All of my pictures on the Esplanade evacuations:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/chrisd2006/collections/72157622920945823/

For a complete chronology and links to many more photos see Evacuation underway at 330 Esplanade.
http://adequatebird.com/2009/12/17/evacuation-underway-at-330-esplanade/

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