Stupid idea of the year

Supervisor Chris Daly wants to close Market Street to all but mass transit traffic.

As I wrote in May, that idea has failed in city after city. In Chicago, State Street — “that great street” — utterly died when they tried it there. They re-opened the street to all traffic a few years ago, and the street is recovering.

Market Street isn’t some quaint pedestrian mall like Boulder’s Pearl Street, and it never will be. It’s a living artery in a major city. Daly’s plan would be an economic and social disaster.

2 Comments so far

  1. Richard Ault (richard) on July 23rd, 2008 @ 2:30 pm

    Not sure if I agree Mark. From what I’ve read the supes are entertaining a kind of partial closure… more like amsterdam, less like boulder. And that sounds kind of interesting imho.

  2. Jeremy Hatch (jhatch) on July 23rd, 2008 @ 5:35 pm

    I can’t say I’m really too impressed with this Chris Daly character. Every piece of his proposed legislation that I’ve read about over the past year or so seems to be, as a rule, pretty ill-conceived. It’s unfortunate that he won’t be termed out (as I understand it) until 2010.

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