Category Archives: Rant

SF Chronicle Urban Design Critic Eschews Urbanism, Succumbs to Nostalgia

Sigh. San Francisco Chronicle urban design critic John King has become the latest in a series of Baby Boomer journalists to lament how much more vibrant and exciting Bernal Heights was back in the wooly days before the Baby Boomers became… … Continue reading

Posted in Media, Neighborhoods, Rant, Uncategorized | 71 Comments

Counterpoint: A Lifetime Resident Laments the Transformation of Bernal Heights

Bernal Heights is changing. Is that a good thing or a bad thing? Actually, Bernal Heights has been changing for about 180 years.  Change is often difficult, yet my sense is that the changes that have taken place here during … Continue reading

Posted in Geography, Rant, Real Estate | 78 Comments

Neighbor David Talbot Laments the Tech-Fueled Gentrification of Bernal Heights

Yesterday’s post about the impact the Silicon Valley commuter shuttle network is having on Bernal Heights pairs neatly with the article by Bernal neighbor David Talbot that appears on the cover of the current issue of San Francisco magazine. Under … Continue reading

Posted in History, Politics, Rant, Real Estate, Then and Now | 29 Comments

UPS Drops Trash Bomb on Bernal Street

Reader Troy came home this week to find that UPS had dropped off a battered package on his front doorstep, near Paul Revere School. The item in the box was a family heirloom, and it was very badly damaged. That … Continue reading

Posted in Rant | 18 Comments

Commuting on the Muni 67 Bus Is Like Waiting for Godot

Reader Teri asks: Can someone can shed some light on this? How come the 67 never comes?! I waited for it for 40 minutes this morning and it made me entirely late for work. I try to catch it at … Continue reading

Posted in Infrastructure, Rant, Transportation | 23 Comments

Supervisor David Campos Unsure If Historic Mural is Worth Saving

First, the good news: The effort to save Bernal’s historic Coca-Cola mural is gaining widespread media attention, spreading from this blog, to the SF Examiner, to the San Francisco Chronicle. Now the bad news: Supervisor David Campos is apparently unsure if … Continue reading

Posted in Design, Politics, Rant, Uncategorized | 14 Comments

Party Foul: Bernal Hill Is Not Your *&%$#!!! Garbage Dump!

Bernal Heights has changed a lot during the last 30 years, and mostly for the better. But some knuckle-draggers haven’t gotten the memo. They still think it’s 1972. This photo was posted recently by Bernal Journal. Some unscrupulous contractor decided … Continue reading

Posted in Bernal Hill, Rant | 8 Comments

Parking Problem on Prospect Prompts Poignant Post About Proper Notification Procedure (and a Not-Nice Neighbor)

There’s been a parking problem on Prospect Street this week which highlights a few of the themes we’ve touched on recently here at Bernalwood; namely, The Essence of Neighborliness, and the Fine Line Between Engaged Activism and NIMBY Narcissism. This … Continue reading

Posted in NIMBY, Rant | 18 Comments

Why Your Mobile Service Sucks, and Will Continue to Suck: Blame NIMBY Neighbors and Your San Francisco Supervisors

Next time you feel the urge to curse your wireless carrier for dropped calls and crappy reception, take a deep breath. Then, direct some of your wrath at a handful of NIMBY neighbors and the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. … Continue reading

Posted in Bernal Hill, Infrastructure, Politics, Rant, Technology | 57 Comments