S.F. building boom eats up street parking

By Vivian Ho : sfchronicle – excerpt

The sound of jackhammers and beeping tractors in many San Francisco neighborhoods is as common as the squawk of seagulls at AT&T Park or the rumble of F-line streetcars on Market Street.

But with every lurch of the city’s construction boom, a precious urban commodity disappears: street parking…

Gordon said the department approves about 1,000 new street-space permits a month. They vary in duration, and in whether they can be enforced only during work hours or 24 hours a day.

Public works, Gordon said, does not consider whether a permit request is being made in an area that has already lost parking spaces to other ongoing projects…

Supervisor Malia Cohen, who represents the southeast area of the city, said she’s been working with the city attorney’s office in recent months to draft legislation that would improve the construction parking permit system…

Her focus is on limiting the 24-hour parking permits so that residents can, at the very least, park overnight.

“I’m not interested in this current wholesale blanketed process of, ‘You want 24 hours? Here, have 24 hours,’” Cohen said. “And then when you’re driving around trying to find parking, you see a whole street free but you can’t park there.”

Cohen said she would also look into whether the city should limit the number of active permits in one small area.

Cohen introduced the drafting request last month, and hopes to have a piece of legislation by the end of November… (more)

Thanks to Supervisors Cohen for looking into the construction parking problem. One of the major causes of gridlock, other than street diets, is the double parked cars around construction sites. Many are not legal, but it is hard to tell unless you check. Thanks  for looking into this.

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