The 2012 SF Streetsies, Part 2

by Aaron Bialick : – excerpt

Here is the second and final installment of Streetsblog SF’s first-ever Streetsie Awards. In case you missed them, check out Part 1 and the voting results from the recent reader poll. We’ll return to our regularly programming on Wednesday.
Biggest Fumble…
Worst Police Traffic Scandal
Most Absurd Argument Against SFPark Meters
This year saw a backlash against the SF Municipal Transportation Agency’s plans to expand SFPark meters in the Dogpatch, Potrero Hill, and Northeast Mission neighborhoods. That lead the SFMTA to begin the planning process anew and even remove SFPark from the equation to address skepticism about the efficacy and motives of the data-driven, demand-based parking pricing program (now, only conventional parking meters are on the table). While it’s unclear at this point how receptive residents generally are to the SFMTA’s revamped efforts to end needless circling for parking, Eastern Neighborhoods United Front (ENUF) spokesperson Mari Eliza has remained consistently dead-set against the notion of altering the status quo of free parking, instead attacking the SFMTA as a government agency simply looking to gouge drivers. Last month, she told Streetsblog that drivers in the Mission are complaining that finding parking there is difficult (no doubt there), yet said that “I don’t get” the concept that someone might be willing to pay a small price for a parking spot if it’s more readily available…

I never expected to end up on a list with Gascon, Weiner, Governor Brown, and Ken Bastida.

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