SF may no longer require housing developers to build parking

By Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez : sfexaminer – excerpt

If you build it, they will come, the saying goes. But that’s exactly the problem when it comes to cars.

City leaders say requiring developers to build parking spaces in new projects invites too many new cars into The City, congesting streets and harming the environment.

Now Supervisor Jane Kim is seeking to rescind a requirement that developers create minimum amounts of parking when they build new housing or commercial property, as part of a larger effort to reform a city policy called “Better Streets.”… (more)

This kind of logic is what got us on the five worst traffic in the world list.

Supervisor requests hearing on parking meter plan

By Rachel Gordon : SFGate – exceprt

Plans to plant hundreds of new meters in Mission Bay and the South of Market near the Giants ballpark were met Tuesday with a stern response from Supervisor Jane Kim: Not so fast.

Kim, who represents the area, is concerned about her constituents who would have to pay for metered curbside parking until 10 p.m., seven days a week, to park near their homes. The cost? As high as $7 an hour when the Giants are playing at AT&T Park. The night-time rate could drop to as low as 25 cents an hour on non-game days.

Kim requested a hearing on the Municipal Transportation Agency’s plan for parking around the ballpark.  “People should have to pay for parking. I’m just wondering if there is a less punitive way of doing it for residents,” she said. “I was hoping for more thoughtful alternatives.”…

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Some residents are filing complaints with the Office of Inspector General alleging fraud, waste, abuse, or mismanagement in U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) programs or operations. SFMTA officials have admitted their tests are incomplete.

Residents are particularly concerned over the designation of traffic of congestion where none exists.