Today’s Headlines

  • Mayor Lee Directs SFMTA to Create ‘Rapid Response Teams’ (SFExaminer)
  • Vallejo Ferry Breakdown Strands Passengers for Five Hours (SFGate, EastBayTimes)
  • Old Harvey Milk Plaza Designer Responds (Curbed)
  • New 25th Ave. Crosswalks (Hoodline)
  • Rainbow Honor Walk (Hoodline)
  • More on Uber/Lyft, Curb Space, and Bike Lanes (Curbed)
  • BART’s Evicted Homeless Camp (EastBayTimes)
  • Dublin Boulevard Bike Bridge Plan (EastBayTimes)
  • Dockless Bike Share Included in Next Expansion (EastBayTimes)
  • Oakland Voters Like Downtown Ballpark Proposal (SFChron)
  • San Rafael Studies Downtown’s Future (MarinIJ)
  • Commentary: Gas Tax is Key to Better Transportation (BizTimes)

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  • re: Old Harvey Milk Plaza
    Nix this ridiculous idea in the bud, please. Try cleaning up the plaza for once from the homeless and drug activity.

  • mx

    Re Harvey Milk Plaza, Grant is absolutely right when he calls the new design “not a transit friendly design.” The current design has one ascend into the heart of the Castro, with a view of the theater. The new plan has one starring off into Collingwood St. Everyone has to walk a block next to a fence to actually reach Castro.

    It’s a transit station first and foremost. Creating a “soapbox for many” should not come at the expense of access to transit.

  • p_chazz

    I think that the Friends of Harvey Milk Plaza are trying to walk this back. In an email to me, Andrea Aiello the president of the Friends of Harvey Milk Plaza and head of the Castro Community Benefit District said “[T]hese are renderings, very initial renderings for a competition. Are there a lot of problems if it were to be built? Yes, and that’s why this will be a long process, with a lot more community input. As I said on Nextdoor, I will report back on our first meeting with Perkins Eastman. At this first meeting, we will be sharing both FHMP concerns and the community’s concerns…which are very similar.

    “There will be A LOT of changes. FHMP goal is to honor Harvey Milk and to create a public space that does this so well, that it becomes a San Francisco destination. Harvey Milk deserves no less.”

    Aiello told me that “this reorientation [of the escalator toward Collingwood Street] was a direct response to the community meetings held in January 2017 during which the overall desire was to have a gathering space at Castro & Market.”

    She said that there were two community meetings at which about 100 people attended, so 200 or so community activists made a decision that will affect thousands if not tens of thousands of persons.

    For more info go to https://www.friendsofharveymilkplaza.org/ or contact Aiello at execdirector@castrocbd.org.

  • jonobate

    I’m sure there was a community desire to have a community gathering place at Castro & Market, but that doesn’t necessarily require moving the station entrance to Castro & Collingwood. Pretty sure the community would have voted differently if they had know that was the trade off.

    Let’s take this back to the drawing board and see if we can’t create a community gathering place without moving the station enterance. And let’s make sure the SFMTA get some input into the design, seeing as it affects their transit facility.

  • It would create a “urinal for many” because we already know the problems this area faces and it would only encourage more of this behavior. I would be shocked if this plan actually gets built from a transit rider perspective. Bus lets you off at Market/Castro and you have to walk up a block to the entrance and then down the block again to the station. I know this city has had its fair share of half baked projects come to completion, but this is just plain stupid. What angers me is the design team behind this who clearly couldn’t care less about the people who use this station versus their own self-serving purpose.

  • p_chazz

    I would like to see the community gathering place located across Castro Street, where the Chevron station is. It would be large enough to hold decent sized rallies, a stage during the Castro Street Fair, a farmers market, a Christmas market, a flea market, food trucks, etc., so that it would not be subject to the public nuisance issues that beset Jane Warner Plaza and Harvey Milk Plaza. If possible, a subway entrance could be built on that side of the street to keep a constant flow of traffic through the space. It would certainly be better than a gas station at such an important location.

  • GregKamin

    There are actually two gas stations at that intersection and so, yes, surely one would be sufficient. That said, if it is private property and subject to a lease, it may not be an option. Ditto a third station entrance.

    I am also concerned that such a public space will just become a cesspit for the homeless, criminals and other human waste. I’d prefer a grander transit station to ideological pandering.

    But that said I am not so concerned about the entrance moving west – after all presumably 50% of commuters who live there are west of Castro, as I am, and would benefit from closer access.

  • jonobate

    I would be very careful about assuming that 50% of riders are coming from west of the station without survey data to back it up. Residents walking to the station to head downtown might well be split 50/50, but there are also a lot of people who arrive by bus and transfer at Castro & Market, and also a lot of people who offboard at the station because they are heading to businesses on Castro St or Market St, either as patrons or employees. All of those people will be impacted by moving the station entrance to Collingwood.

  • jonobate

    I would love to see the two emergency exits turned into proper station entrances, but as there is not enough space to put faregates across those entrances without creating a dangerous bottleneck, Muni will have to change their policy and allow riders to enter the station without passing through faregates. Building a second mezzanine at the east end of the station would likely be extremely expensive.

  • I am concerned as well as are thousands of riders who use this location as a transfer. It’s ridiculous that riders would have to get off their bus, walk up a block and then walk back down a block to enter the station. It’s a transit station first and foremost, not a gathering place or staging area. Rest assured, the residents on Collingwood would hardly support the point of entrance/exit at the foot of their homes instead of where it should be…on the main thoroughfare.

  • I dunno, I’m pretty sure we’ll need to try to figure out what design Rose Pak would have wanted.