Category Archives: Infrastructure

Sign Up Now to Get a Sidewalk Tree In Front of Your Bernal Home

Neighbor Phil Pierce live on Tompkins Street. By day he works as the community outreach coordinator for Friends of the Urban Forest (FUF), the greentastic group that organizes sidewalk greenery plantings here in the City. Neighbor Phil is spreading the word … Continue reading

Posted in Infrastructure, Plants and Gardening | 23 Comments

Wednesday: Cesar Chavez Ribbon-Cutting to Celebrate Our Sexy New Infrastructure

It took two and a half years, a lot of dirt-digging, and plenty of construction-related delays, but at long last, the Cesar Chavez Improvement Project is nearing completion. Frankly, I think it looks vastly better than it did before, and … Continue reading

Posted in Events, Infrastructure | 40 Comments

This Proposed Freeway Tunnel Under Bernal Heights Would Have Destroyed My Home

Courtesy of Eric Fischer, king of the map geeks, your Bernalwood editor was alerted yesterday about a 1941 map detailing a freeway proposal that would have required the construction of a 2945 foot-long automobile tunnel under Bernal Hill. Unlike other … Continue reading

Posted in History, Infrastructure, Unbuilt Bernal Heights | 14 Comments

Animated GIF Shows Very Animated Nighttime View of New Bayfront Mural

Neighbor Joe Thomas  (Codename: Jobius) operates a Bernalwood Observation Post at an upper altitude on the east side of Bernal Heights. He also uses this location as an Animated GIF manufacturing facility. All this means that Jobius now spends a … Continue reading

Posted in Art, Infrastructure, Interesting Objects, Uncategorized | 3 Comments

Unbuilt Bernal Heights: Our Future That Never Was

The only thing Bernalwood loves more than a good local history lesson is a strong dose of local fantasy science-fiction. Luckily for us, some recent synchronicity has conspired to provide a tasty mixture of the two.  Here’s how it unfolds… Part One: … Continue reading

Posted in Geography, History, Infrastructure, Unbuilt Bernal Heights | 9 Comments

Sunday: Rebel Cartographer Burrito Justice Celebrates “Bike to Books” Map Project

When he’s not fomenting insurrection, agitating for territorial autonomy, or weaponizing Mexican food, Burrito Justice,  Chief Rebel Spokeblogger for the La Lenguans, also likes to dabble in cartography and map-making. He usually deploys these skills to foment heated arguments about … Continue reading

Posted in Art, Books, Events, Infrastructure | 2 Comments

Beloved Precita Playground Satellite Spinner Back in Action After Emergency Gyro-Stabilization Repairs

Astute observers and nearly all north slope children have long grumbled about the failing condition of Precita Playground’s much-loved (but very old) penultimate satellite spinner. This video, taken a few weeks ago, shows Bernalwood’s Cub Reporter investigating the problems with … Continue reading

Posted in Children and Parenting, Infrastructure | 10 Comments

Seriously?! Bernal Child Baffled by Bumbling Sidewalk Blunder

Neighbor Rebecca shared this photo of her young son learning a formative lesson about civic incompetence and the perils of not giving a shit about how you get the job done. Neighbor Rebecca’s only comment about the experience came in … Continue reading

Posted in Found Things, Infrastructure, Uncategorized | 32 Comments

Ye Shall Walk These Bernal Streets, And Know They Are (Still) the Steepest

Waaaaaaay back in 2011, Bernalwood posted an item about an independent researcher who had concluded that, despite some “official” lists which claim that the steepest streets in San Francisco are in Nob Hill and Noe Valley, the actual data indicates … Continue reading

Posted in Geography, Infrastructure | 13 Comments

Bernal Isle Resort: A Modest Proposal for the Future of Bernal Heights

This week, the New York Times reports that scientists believe global warming could cause up to three feet of sea-level rise by the year 2100. With sea levels rising, we must look forward… many, many, many years forward, to envision … Continue reading

Posted in Calamity, Geography, Infrastructure | 24 Comments

A Brief History of How Cesar Chavez/Army Street Became So Damn Awful in the First Place

The photo above (Thanks Mark!) shows a view of Cesar Chavez Boulevard looking west from Folsom in 2008, a few years before the current/ongoing sewer and streetscape improvement project got underway. As you can see, it is very unlovely. In … Continue reading

Posted in Design, History, Infrastructure, Unbuilt Bernal Heights | 60 Comments

Ugly-Ass Roadsign Across Cesar Chavez Removed (At Last!)

A milestone of sorts was reached recently as part of the ongoing (and steadily advancing) Cesar Chavez Boulevard streetscape improvement project. Actually, a milestone was removed. Which is also kind of a milestone unto itself. The milestone of the removal … Continue reading

Posted in Infrastructure | 19 Comments

Alemany Farm Raising Funds to Build Outdoor Kitchen

There’s some tasty infrastructure news coming out of the Alemany Farm that overlooks scenic I-280 along Alemany Boulevard. Plans are afoot to build an outdoor kitchen on the site, and  former Bernal resident Aaron Mckenzie from the California College of … Continue reading

Posted in Infrastructure, Plants and Gardening | 5 Comments