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Why one-way streets are bad for everyone but speeding cars

An EIR is currently underway to study whether Folsom Street should be converted to two-way traffic.

An EIR is currently underway to study whether Folsom Street should be converted to two-way traffic.

by EMILY BADGER
The Washington Post

“Traffic tends to move faster on a wide one-way road than on a comparable two-way city street, and slower traffic means fewer accidents. The rest of these results are theoretically connected to each other in complex ways. To the extent that vice flourishes on neglected high-speed, one-way, getaway roads, two-way streets may be less conducive to certain crimes. If they bring slower traffic and, as a result, more cyclists and pedestrians, that also creates more “eyes on the street” — which, again, deters crime. A decline in crime and calmer traffic in turn may raise property values — which may also increase the demand of residents to police and care for their neighborhood.” To read the complete article, visit The Washington Post blogs

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San Francisco Ranks 2nd For Worst Traffic In The U.S.

Boeing 777 Crashes At San Francisco Airport

Build baby build more offices with no regional transit improvements, and voila!

from JAMIE WHITAKER

San Francisco has the second worst traffic in the country, just behind Los Angeles, according to a website that measures congestion levels in urban cities. To read the complete article, go to CBS San Francisco →

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Missing $1.3 million reportedly won’t impact South Park improvements

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by JIM MEKO

Clarke Howatt, a financial official with ABAG (the Association of Bay Area Governments), allegedly skipped town with $1.3 million of development impact fees collected for South of Market infrastructure projects but the financing authority has agreed to use its own reserve funds to restore the money, according to the City Attorney’s office. At stake, among other projects, was $300,000 for bulbouts and crosswalks to increase pedestrian safety around South Park.   Continue reading

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Mid-Market development loses highly touted arts center plan

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by JK DINEEN
San Francisco Chronicle

A Mid-Market developer is pulling the plug on plans to include a community-based performing arts center as part of a flashy mixed-use hotel and residential complex at 950 Market St. Continue reading →

 

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10th and Mission an intersection at crossroads of S.F. revival

10th Street

from BRIAN WALLACE

“We used to leave here late, and there was nobody on the street. Now, people at night are walking their dogs,” marveled Barbara Gualco, regional director of real estate development for Mercy Housing. “Dogs wearing booties, with manicures. The most perfect dogs you’ve ever seen.”

Brian sends along a John King piece from the Chronicle. King finally noticed all the cranes clustered around the corner of 10th and Mission Streets and observes that dramatic changes are underway in our neighborhood. “Honestly, I’m not sure that 10th and Mission will ever be cool,” King writes, “but it’s becoming integrated into the city’s daily life, and that’s a startling fact in itself.”

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Baltimore’s ‘Charm City Circulator’ designed for easier center-city access

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“Smart Transit” gadfly Howard Wong included a discussion of free shuttle loops in his New Years email blast.

Free useful shuttle loops are the hottest transit trend in the United States, Wong writes, with big gains in new ridership — like in Baltimore, Dallas, Raleigh, Denver, Minneapolis, Bethesda, Aspen, Long Beach, South San Francisco, Oakland, Emeryville, Walnut Creek, Palo Alto, East Palo Alto, Mountain View, PresidioGo, UCSF, Mission Bay. Funding mechanisms vary — public, private, public/ private business, parking taxes, transit grants, advertising. In San Francisco, every neighborhood’s loop bus could connect markets, commercial cores, schools, libraries and major transit corridors for free.

“Baltimore’s new transit network, which supplements the city’s metro rail, light rail, commuter rail, and bus routes, is the most recent example of a trend that has taken American cities by storm: the creation of auxiliary routes for the inner-city that are designed for frequent, high-quality service with the goal of attracting onto buses people who aren’t used to public transportation.” His link to “Cities Develop Alternative Bus Networks to Combat Perceived Disadvantages of Mainline Routes” at “The Transport Politic” is five years old but a check of Baltimore’s “Charm City Circulator” website indicates the system is alive and well, with 10-15 minute spacing on a growing number of routes in their winter schedule.

“It has been like pulling teeth to get the City to deal with poor transit circulation as areas are rezoned for housing and dense offices,” writes Sue Hestor, singling out the Eastern Neighborhoods as most lacking in comprehensive transit planning. “Why not free bus loops NOW?” she asks.  Continue reading →

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Rahaim’s alley policy imposed on SoMa

Here's one traffic-calming measure that didn't work too well.

Here’s one traffic-calming measure that didn’t work too well.

photo by Martha Bridegam

 

Planning Director John Rahaim prevailed in the contest between where driveways should go for the 1140 Folsom Street project. The community didn’t want 84 additional cars dumped into their already crowded Residential Enclave District and the Planning Department did. The seven members of the Planning Commission accepted a handful of traffic-calming mitigations and Rahaim’s “Driveway Location Policy” became the Commission’s unofficial policy.  Continue reading

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110 The Embarcadero is not just historic because it is 100-years-old

It was Harry Bridges’ headquarters during the 1934 waterfront strike


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DAVE OSGOOD

If you support historic preservation, you’ll want to join the effort to protect one of the most historic buildings in town. 110 The Embarcadero is not just historic because it is 100-years-old, it was Harry Bridges’ headquarters during the 1934 waterfront strike. According to the July 1934 phone book, both the strike committee and union were headquartered there. History was made in this building. On “Bloody Thursday” the SFPD fired teargas through the windows on both sides of the building. The Commonwealth Club is trying to cover-up this history so they can avoid preservation requirements.   Continue reading

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Flower Mart developer announces new deal but opponents cry foul 

by JONAH LAMB
San Francisco Examiner

A signature drive will start at month’s end for a ballot measure filed earlier this year, and refiled with a new name Thursday — the Flower Mart and Jobs Protection Act. The measure would prevent anything from operating other than what is currently zoned for the Flower Mart site.  Continue reading →

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The Priesthood

SOMA dies

Photo by Allan Berube, from the collection of Gayle Rubin

by JIM MEKO

In his role as chair of Budget and Finance, former Supervisor Chris Daly was rather blunt when the Planning Department came before his committee looking for money: you’re not gonna see one dime of this funding until you listen to the community and start cooperating with them.

Harsh? They deserved it.  Continue reading

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