Neighbor Grumbling Over Street Parking for Mercado Plaza Plan

Alex Bevk : sf.curbed – excerpt

The Mission Community Market is looking to expand their farmers market space on Bartlett Street into a permanent civic plaza, with permanent market stalls, pedestrian lighting, and street greening. Through a 2011 bond, the city has already dedicated $1.6M to pedestrian and public space improvements on Bartlett between 22nd and 21st streets. Sounds like a no-brainer, right?…
Interestingly enough, the project is sponsored by the New Mission Theater developers as an in-kind agreement for their project that backs up to Bartlett. The Planning Department, DPW, and SFMTA held a meeting last night on the proposed… (more)

Any time you see in-kind agreement, that means the SFMTA has agreed to re-direct transit fees from Muni operations to non-Muni projects. You can assume that every street project such as the Mercado Plaza project is going to drain milllions of dollars from Muni.


After draining millions of dollars from the Muni into these complete street projects, the SFMTA will claim they are broke and must raise the rates, (they just did that), and must sell more bonds or raise new taxes to pay for Muni operations.


SFMTA Drops Protected Bike Lane Proposals for Most of Polk Street

by Aaron Bialick : – excerpt

The SF Municipal Transportation Agency has taken protected bike lanes off the table for 14 of 20 blocks of Polk Street under its latest design options [PDF]…
the SFMTA’s most ambitious proposal for Polk between Geary and Union Streets only includes bike lanes that, depending on the block, would run either curbside (without parking) or in the door zone — the kinds of bike lanes that only make a relatively small percentage of people feel comfortable enough to ride… (more)

Save Polk Street likes Plan “A”. It remains to be seem what they will get, though the cyclists are unhappy with the latest design choices.

New Polk Street plans kinder to parked cars

Chicago’s Andersonville Neighborhood Could Be Home To City’s Parklet Pilot Program (VIDEO)

Don’t believe everything you hear about the glowing reception SFMTA and SFPark programs are getting in San Francisco. SFMTA is managing to infuriate almost everyone without pleasing anyone.

Drivers are ready to revolt against the draconian steps SFMTA has taken to control city streets through programs that eliminate parking spaces, rearrange traffic flows, demand more money for parking fines and fees, and confuse the public with nonsensical regulations and conflicting signs.

Muni riders are way past tired of the long unpredictable waits between buses. They hate the new “improved” shelters that leak rain and wind, and are not impressed by the seemingly endless excuses coming from the new high tech Muni run by SFMTA.

Their latest trick of re-arranging some streets with bicycle paths next to the curb and cars parked between the bicycle paths and the flowing traffic has bicyclists seeing red. You need an SFMTA private tour guide to figure it out how to drive down each street. You are really in trouble in the rain or fog.

Worst of all are the priorities. Muni is broke while SFMTA spends millions of dollars re-designing traffic flows to calm traffic that no one else can see, and painting bicycles all over the streets with white paint that doesn’t stick to the pavement.

The trick of selling parklets is part of the game they play to eliminate street parking spaces, so they can charge more for parking

Just say no to parklets. ENUF already. See
Read the Article at HuffingtonPost