A Note on Downtown Parking, and Prop. H

12 Folsom
I live in a neighborhood adjacent to downtown. Passing through downtown to get to the Castro last night- a half an hour sitting on Montgomery Street. See, the highrises empty out at 5PM, and the 10% or so parked vehicles in the basements spew out onto Montgomery Street for the 10 or so block ride south to the Bay Bridge or 101 South. I usually avoid this area from 5-7, like I avoid Broadway Corridor on Sat and Friday nights. So I’m sitting there, trying to mellow out to KBLX, when I hear on the radio that there’s a protest south of Market. Like clockwork, my block of parked cars sit through 4 light changes. Still on Sacramento & Montgomery. I call my friends- I”ll be late. I take a new route- take a right up California, right on Kearny, left on Washington, left on Stockton, right on Sutter. Things clear up a bit, and finally I’m past downtown, left on Gough. PriusAnother friend who works in Jackson Square was caught in the same traffic. She was in a cab. Why would we EVER increase the number of commuting vehicles in our downtown with Proposition H? And why do it 3-fold? I can think of a ton of better improvements: fixing the masonic/fell intersection, fixing the octavia/market intersection, underground tunnel through chinatown, etc. Geesh.

7 Comments so far

  1. Jeffrey W. Baker (unregistered) on October 22nd, 2007 @ 10:31 am

    In case it’s not entirely clear to the readers: VOTE NO ON H.


  2. SaneinSF (unregistered) on October 23rd, 2007 @ 12:33 pm

    ", when I hear on the radio that there’s a protest south of Market. "

    Um, this seems to be the crux of the problem. Has nothing to do with Prop H.


  3. anna (unregistered) on October 23rd, 2007 @ 1:08 pm

    SafeInSF: you don’t get my point- things are always going on downtown to disrupt traffic. But imagine Prop H passing, and it’s 3 fold the normal commute traffic, and *then* something happening.


  4. Belgand (unregistered) on October 25th, 2007 @ 1:42 pm

    So why were you driving? I mean, if you’re just going from downtown to the Castro wouldn’t taking the Metro have made a lot more sense?

    At the same time commuting into downtown is a pretty stupid thing to do. I mean, it’s practically the only place BART goes and most East and South bay communities are at least close enough to a BART station to park and ride.


  5. Belgand (unregistered) on October 25th, 2007 @ 1:44 pm

    So why were you driving? I mean, if you’re just going from downtown to the Castro wouldn’t taking the Metro have made a lot more sense?

    At the same time commuting into downtown is a pretty stupid thing to do. I mean, it’s practically the only place BART goes and most East and South bay communities are at least close enough to a BART station to park and ride.


  6. Belgand (unregistered) on October 25th, 2007 @ 1:45 pm

    So why were you driving? I mean, if you’re just going from downtown to the Castro wouldn’t taking the Metro have made a lot more sense? Not to mention that at a basic level making such a short trip in an area so well-served by transit is a bit hypocritical when you’re complaining about traffic.

    At the same time commuting into downtown is a pretty stupid thing to do. I mean, it’s practically the only place BART goes and most East and South bay communities are at least close enough to a BART station to park and ride.


  7. anna (unregistered) on October 25th, 2007 @ 7:55 pm

    Belgand: you might address the "why are you driving" to the 3 fold corporate employees that are going to be parking downtown, if Prop H passes.



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