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From Walk SF:

Livable City and Walk San Francisco have appealed the CityPlace EIR. Please come out at 2:30pm on Tuesday September 14 at the Board of Supervisors meeting at City Hall, and speak up to improve the CityPlace project and create a safer 6th Street or sign out petition:

CityPlace is a proposed “value-based” shopping center on Market Street between 5th and 6th, with lower-cost stores than those a block away at
the Westfield Center.

We support enhancing mid-Market, but CityPlace has proposed an excessive and unnecessary amount of parking. The Westfield Center went up without any new parking at all, but CityPlace has asked for even more parking than it is entitled to in the planning code — in spite of its location in the most transit-dense area of the city.

This excessive parking will make the already-dangerous 6th Street even worse. Cars will enter the CityPlace garage via Stevenson, causing
more traffic in an area with three of the top five most dangerous intersections in the city. To address the problems the project will cause, the developer has proposed spending the totally inadequate amount of $200,000 on traffic mitigations. That’s enough to buy half a
traffic light!


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