The Hayes Valley Neighborhood Association: Safety Meeting

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Closed Crosswalks Remain Even in Today’s Walkable Hayes Valley

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Hayes Valley may be one of the country’s densest and most walkable urban neighborhoods, but believe it or not, it still has three closed crosswalks — vestiges of the mid-20th century’s cars-first planning. “For many years, traffic engineers devised ways to pen people in, so that cars weren’t inconvenienced,” said Walk SF Executive Director Nicole Schneider. “Nowadays, […]

Neighborhood Outreach Continues for Fell and Oak Bikeways

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Fourteen years of community-driven efforts to improve conditions on Fell and Oak Streets around the Panhandle are finally paying off. The outreach continues on a vision for separated bikeways that would provide San Franciscans safe access to the flattest route connecting the western neighborhoods to areas east while making the neighborhood more livable for residents and businesses. […]

800-Seat Performance Space in Hayes Valley Approved with No Parking

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A sketch of the proposed SF Jazz building and with performance auditorium. Image: SF Jazz. The same neighborhood organizations and community advocates that routinely lobby to prevent the San Francisco Planning Department from granting parking exceptions in excess of progressive neighborhood plans were thrilled with a new project to build a 3-story building in the […]

Advocates Ask Supes to Support a Two-Way Hayes

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Advocates are calling for all livable streets supporters who have the time to turn out to the Board of Supervisors’ Land Use and Economic Development Committee meeting today at 1pm to voice their support for a two-way Hayes Street, as was called for in the Market and Octavia Plan.  In 2007, the Hayes Valley Neighborhood […]

New Study Analyzes Traffic Around Former Central Freeway

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The Central Freeway sections damaged by the Loma Prieta Earthquake in 1989 have been replaced by such a distinctive Octavia Boulevard, for many San Franciscans the double-decked behemoth that used to dominate the neighborhood has become a distant memory. Most of the traffic the freeway carried, however, has not disappeared and now city planners are […]

Two-Way Hayes Extension is a Step Closer, Though Obstacles Remain

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Cars whipping around the corner of Gough and Hayes, where pedestrians can only cross three ways There was widespread government and public support for a two-way, traffic-calmed Hayes Street between Gough and Franklin at the Board of Supervisors’ Land Use and Economic Development Committee meeting today, but there is a fundamental disagreement with the MTA […]