By Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez : sfexaminer – excerpt
When even a single parking space is threatened by a public streets project in San Francisco, merchants are quick to sound the alarm.
Take that uproar and multiply it by 96, and you’ve got an idea of just how ticked off Sunset and Parkside merchants are right now.
A city effort to replace sewers and pipes as part of the L-Taraval Improvement Project was initially slated to eliminate up to 100 parking spaces along lower Great Highway for up to three years.
“That’s ‘putting us out of business’ numbers,” said Doug Marshke, owner of Underdogs Too on Taraval Street, just a stone’s throw from where the parking spots are slated to disappear.
Making things worse, The City failed to tell merchants or residents about the projected loss of parking until just weeks before the project was set to start on July 1, according to Supervisor Gordon Mar’s office.
The resulting outcry was enough to force The City to back off temporarily and reconsider.…(more)