Small businesses along San Francisco’s Van Ness corridor are suffering because of a major city road project.

abcnews – excerpt (includes video)

https://abc7news.com/video/embed/?pid=4545701

Small businesses along San Francisco’s Van Ness corridor are suffering because of a major city road project.

After three years in business, Masaye Waugh says she’s shaking off her losses and closing out for good at The Bootleg Bar & Kitchen…

Waugh says the City offered her free advertising on the side of buses, as long as she paid to print the banners. But, that cost $1,200, which Waugh says she didn’t have, since her bar has been losing money all year…

She wrote a letter to Mayor London Breed and Supervisors Aaron Peskin and Catherine Stefani, and said “they didn’t have much response.”

In that letter, she spelled out 15 common sense demands to help businesses survive the construction. She also says she is organizing a rally at City Hall on Tuesday, October 30 at 2:30 pm.

Read the full letter here(more)

What a deal.  Free advertising? “Bring your earplugs and dust masks to our Van Ness construction zone bars and restaurants. Leave your high heels at home. Heavy boots and causal wear advised. Hard hats optional.”

Come to the City Hall rally on Tuesday to support the Businesses that are dying thanks to the poorly executed Van Ness Corridor project that is killing businesses in its wake. Stop the destruction before they come for you!

 

 

2 thoughts on “Small businesses along San Francisco’s Van Ness corridor are suffering because of a major city road project.

  1. I’m sorry to poop on the rally. But Van ness was already listed as a PDA years ago then followed by land use and zoning changes right under our noses that people do not hear about. Then followed with the approval of BRT. Behind closed doors they rather businesses shit down so they can send in a “non profit” funded by the sfmta and city (our tax dollars) to make an offer on purchasing the buildings for future redevelopment meaning mixed use high rises “affordable housing”.

    Many do not know this but you use to make claims against the city for lost wages over city construction. Even a flat tire for a pot hole. This has been changed by the sfmta years back. Any street or mini projects etc no more claims. They did it behind everyone’s back.

    They want you to close.

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    • There are ways to work on road projects that do not involve shutting down the entire street for years at a time. there is no excuse for this much of a disruption. Each street or sections of the work block can be “done” at a time instead of closing the entire street and there is no excuse for working on nearby streets at the same time. It is up to the businesses in this city to fight the monster or leave. No amount of “free advertising” is going to convince people to support businesses behind a construction wall enclosed in clouds of dust or, when it rains, mud puddles.

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