Today’s Headlines

  • Central Subway Concrete Pour (KGO)
  • Merchants Hurt by Subway Construction (SFExaminer)
  • Naming Rights for Transbay Transit Center (Curbed)
  • Higher Fines Discussed for Trashing Dolores Park (SFBay)
  • San Francisco’s Growth from Space (SFGate)
  • Mapping High-rise Projects (Curbed)
  • Belmont NIMBYs Object to HSR Passing Tracks (DailyJournal)
  • Novato Funds Completion of Downtown Station (MarinIJ)
  • How the Highway of Tomorrow ‘Solved’ SF Traffic Woes (SFChron)
  • Commentary: San Rafael Will Pay for SMART Train Bike Link (MarinIJ)
  • Commentary: Pro-Density Advocate Running (SFExaminer)

Get state headlines at Streetsblog CA, national headlines at Streetsblog USA

  • I was wondering when we’d start hearing noise about subway construction disrupting merchants. Every…single…time…there is a major public works project we hear this.
    I’ve walked through the construction zones in both Union Square and Chinatown. They are minor disruptions. Deal with a full cut/cover operation extending several miles. Then you can whine.

  • xplosneer

    I would actually be okay with them getting some money, if SF did a cut/cover. It might even save money overall.

    Requiring full bore? No $.

  • I believe the original plans were to do a cut/cover, at least to union square since they wanted to put the CS tunnel above the market st. tunnel.

  • thielges

    On the flipside once the construction is complete you’ll never hear merchants praising the project for increasing their revenue by boosting foot traffic. I guess it is human nature to complain louder than praise.

  • p_chazz

    That’s because the merchants who were there during the construction all went bankrupt and closed up shop. The merchants who benefit from the increased foot traffic are the ones who profited from their misfortune by renting the vacant storefronts at bargain prices.

  • mx

    I’d be completely on board with higher fines and actual enforcement for real littering in Dolores Park, but the problem usually is lack of adequate trash can space. Thousands of people use the park on a nice weekend day, all the trash gets piled on or around the overflowing bins, which are awkwardly located far away from where people are, recyclers pick through it, and then it blows around.

    The picture in the linked article is a perfect example. That’s not inconsiderate people throwing their garbage down wherever they lie because they can’t be bothered; that’s people who couldn’t find a trash bin forming a collective pile. Note the absence of trash anywhere besides that spot. Put a damn trash can there instead, and they’d use that instead. It’s not hard.

    Make it easy for people to clean up after themselves and most will. Then go after the rest.