"Challenges for the community are that it doesn't attract the amount of tourist dollars as other neighborhoods, not many Japanese live there and in-migration of Japanese is much lower than other ethnic groups."
Because people of Japanese descent don't want to live in a ghetto. The American ideal is assimilation, not separatism. This is really all about a marketing campaign, not Japanese heritage. You want Japanese heritage? Go to Japan.
When Supervisor Mirkarimi proposed the same idea back in 2008, an Examiner editorial correctly called it "the worst idea of the year."
Howard is right. Filling in that underpass would create a horrendous street-level intersection at Geary and Fillmore. How would that "unify" these neighborhoods?
@Resident: People like you, who have to drive and have to park on the street, in San Francisco are now considered the lowest in the phony "transit first" pecking order. It's all about anti-carism traffic policies pushed by the Bicycle Coalition, Walk SF, and City Hall. People in SF who drive motor vehicles are now nothing but a source of revenue for City Hall via parking meters, parking tickets, and parking fines to the tune of $180 million a year. And even as SF borrows money to pave its streets, City Hall is now pushing for still another hike in the vehicle license fee!And there's this impact of the Masonic bike lane project: the city will no longer be able to use the parking lanes to create an extra traffic lane during commute hours in the morning and the afternoon, which will jam up traffic on Masonic between the Panhandle and Geary Blvd. most of the day. According to the city's numbers, Masonic now handles more than 32,000 vehicles a day, and the #43 Masonic carries more than 12,000 passengers a day.All this to make protected bike lanes for a completely unknown number of future cyclists!The city needs to do a complete environmental impact report on the combination of the Masonic project and the Fell/Oak bike lane project. Combined those two projects will eliminate 274 street parking spaces in this part of town.
The bike zealots and their enablers in City Hall are imposing their PC hobby on the city. Of course city residents will never get a chance to vote on this or any other "improvement" to our streets. Making traffic worse for 44,000---32,000 vehicles plus 12,000 on the #43 line---people who now use Masonic every day on behalf of a small minority of cyclists is dumb. "Transit" works very well on Masonic now, but "transit first" here in Progressive Land means "Bikes First."
Yes, this editorial is surprisingly dumb considering all the water over the dam in the last three years. The project's price tag has escalated wildly since 2008, as has the project's description. Starting a huge, poorly managed project like this without any realistic sense of where the money to finish it is going to come from is pure folly. Dump this project and/or put it back on the ballot for the state's voters to decide.
Being pro-bike and anti-car is the only issue SF progressives have left, which is short-sighted politically. If city voters ever get a chance to vote on these issues---and City Hall will try to make sure that never happens---they would reject the Bicycle Plan, not to mention Critical Mass.
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