Mission’s People-Friendly Block on Bartlett Faces Fire Code, Parking Hurdles

by Aaron Bialick : sf.streetsblog – excerpt

One day each week, the block of Bartlett Street between 21st and 22nd Streets bustles for a few hours when it’s transformed into the Mission Community Market. On all the other days, however, it mostly serves as a parking lot.
The Planning Department and organizers from the Community Market held a packed public meeting yesterday to start off the design process for the Mercado Plaza project, which would include greenery and physical traffic calming improvements to make the block a more inviting place to be at all hours…
Narrowing the wide roadway on the one-way street is key to the expansion of public space and the traffic calming effect planners hope to achieve… (how can you claim you need street calming when there is NO TRAFFIC?)…
With a new package of proposed legislation, Supervisor Scott Wiener hopes to cut through some of the bureaucratic red tape that hinders pedestrian safety improvements…
Patrick Siegman, (a principal at the transportation planning firm Nelson/Nygaard, who was consulted in drafting Wiener’s legislation), said the state-adopted fire codes are crafted by the International Code Council, a Texas-based nonprofit. The regulations do allow for local municipalities to determine what counts as unobstructed roadway, and they don’t apply retroactively to streets that are narrower than 20 feet, he said. Requests for comment from SF Fire Marshal Thomas Harvey weren’t returned...
The project will be funded by $1.6 million in Prop B bond funds and the developers of the nearby New Mission Theatre project. Construction is expected to begin in mid-2014.
(How much will the New Mission Theatre project cover and will this come out of Muni transit fees? See the $510,000 transfer details on the Dolores Street project?)


Accoriding to this article, Nelson/Nygaard is involved in the Mercado Plaza project and Wiener’s  legislative efforts to push it through by altering, or bypassing fire and safety standards. And how much will the taxpayers will pay the consultants.

According to the SF Guardian’s, “Planning for Displacement”, ABAG anticipates around 2/3rds of the citizens currently living in SF will have to leave “the area” to make room for the all new high tech millionaires moving into to the new infill projects they claim will make the air cleaner and more bicycle friendly. For whom? When should “displaced” speak up and demand a voice? Today they want you to give up your parking space, next it will be your car, and then they will evict you or foreclose so they can take your home. When should we start complaining?

Parking Expert: Underpriced Parking Permits Won’t Curb Cruising for Spots

by Aaron Bialick : sf.streetsblog.org  – excerpt

A lot of traffic in the northeast Mission consists of drivers cruising for parking spots. Motorists in the area circle for an average of 27 minutes in search of a free spot, according to the SF Municipal Transportation Agency, which has held community outreach meetings in recent months to develop a plan for new parking meters and permit restrictions to curb excess traffic in the neighborhood.
In response to fervent opposition to metered parking in the eastern neighborhoods, the SFMTA has pushed back its timeline for installing meters, devoting more attention to data collection and community feedback as it develops parking management plans. On March 21, the agency will present a proposal for the northeast Mission, before beginning the same process of community meetings in the Potrero Hill and Dogpatch neighborhoods…
In a recent interview, Jeff Tumlin, a principal at the transportation planning firm Nelson/Nygaard… told Streetsblog why RPP zones alone aren’t enough to manage demand. Tumlin is working as a consultant for the SFMTA on its eastern neighborhood parking management plans…. (more)

Tumlin was fired by the city of Santa Monica. Do we want to continue listening him and putting our faith in Nelson/Nygaard if they are responsible for the current state of traffic and parking in San Francisco, as they claim in their marketing materials?

Maybe it looks good on paper, but do you want to live with it?  Eastern Neighborhoods Transportation Implementation Planning Study (EN TRIPS)

Have traffic flow and parking conditions improved or gotten worse since SFMTA hired  Nelson/Nygaard?

Even though SFPark has not delivered any results from their experiment in congestion parking, they plan to  expand the unproven program. Let you Supervisor know how you feel about that.

Even Dr. Shoup, who devised the parking congestion theory, is back-pedaling on his claims.

SHOUP: If it works, it will make San Francisco an even better place to live and do business and visit. It will just be yet another feather in the cap of San Francisco. And if it doesn’t work, they can blame it all on a professor from Los Angeles.“… (more)

City drops consultant over NIMBY comment