Pedestrian group tries to save car-free Stockton Street proposal

By sfexaminer -excerpt

Politically powerful Chinatown community organizer Rose Pak put her foot down on the Lower Stockton Street Improvement Project, perhaps endangering the proposal to close part of Stockton Street to cars before the proposal ever reached a public agency for a vote.

Now some pedestrian-friendly groups are speaking out in hopes of keeping the effort alive.

And new conceptual drawings of the project obtained by the San Francisco Examiner show the project is beyond the point of stakeholder discussions, and may be in the beginning stages of planning.

“We’d love to see The City study it,” said Tom Radulovich, head of transportation advocacy group Livable City, adding the project shouldn’t be killed after one meeting with one stakeholder.

“There needs to be a public discussion,” he said, “not a closed door discussion.”…

Pak said she had a personal meeting with Reiskin to express Chinatown’s concerns over business impacts to the project. Making the walkway permanent would “make permanent all the problems we’ve experienced,” she wrote in a letter to Reiskin, adding it’s “unacceptable to our community.”…

While Livable City is moving full steam ahead to support the project, other advocacy groups like the San Francisco Transit Riders are taking a more hands-off approach.

Peter Straus, of San Francisco Transit Riders, said that while the group supports the walkway, “I don’t think it’s something where we’re going to jump the gun on Chinatown, we don’t want a battle here.”… (more)

Rose Pak is right to be concerned about the flow of traffic in this city. We have lost enough streets and it is time to put a stop to the anti-car SFMTA Board. Vote for the Charter Amendment and send some of them packing. Stopsfmta.com

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