Expect a face off over Central Subway at Wednesday meeting

C.W. Nevius : SFGate.com – excerpt

Jon Golinger, president of the North Beach neighborhood association the Telegraph Hill Dwellers, says he expects Wednesday night’s community meeting about the Central Subway to be “challenging.”
That’s one way of putting it. Asked what she expected, neighborhood activist Julie Christensen, who supports the subway, cracked, “I’m thinking a lynching. It could escalate to that.”
She’s kidding of course. But nearly everyone is expecting a packed house of 100 or more for the 6:30 meeting and you can bet some voices will be raised.
Now that the Municipal Transportation Agency has decided not to tear up Columbus Street to remove the massive digging machines, the focus shifts to tearing down the Pagoda Theater, a perennial eyesore, and pulling the machines out there.
Critics want to know how much this will cost, what provisions have been made to protect surrounding buildings, and how this will affect existing bus lines. And, of course, as Golinger admits, “Some people are opposed to the Central Subway no matter what.”…
Lee Goodin who jokingly calls himself the “Constant Cranky Curmudgeon,” has been peppering interested parties in North Beach with e-mails. When I asked him what he hoped to get from the meeting, Goodin was optimistic.
“MTA backed off on the middle of Columbus extraction. And they backed off on the Polk parking/bike thing. At least we can try to get them to back off on the North Beach extraction and bury the (machines) in Chinatown. Hope springs eternal.”… (more)