Open space and streets can work together.
Please support an alternative to closing Vallejo Street.
A WELL INTENDED BUT EXTREMELY FLAWED PLAN TO CLOSE VALLEJO STREET HAS BEEN PROPOSED for the block between Grant AVENUE and VALLEJO STREET
While our neighborhood is all for street improvements and more open space, the Developer's design would permanently close off critical access in and out of the North Beach/Telegraph Hill community. The development, which has been talked about in limited circles for years, has suddenly moved forward with no public participation in design or intent. Many in the community have only recently learned about the development and significant concern has been raised regarding traffic, design, safety, and maintenance. Despite this, the Developer, who doesn’t live in our neighborhood, has not made an effort to respond to these issues and has attempted to have the development approved through the back door with minimal community outreach. Only recently have public meetings been held and, despite large numbers at each event expressing their unhappiness with the Developer's plan, the Developer has rejected the idea of modifying the proposal to allow maintaining Vallejo as a functioning street. As a result, SOS VALLEJO has been formed to Save Our Street and provide our neighborhood a voice to express its concern and work with the Developer to come up with a design that works for everyone.
LOSING VALLEJO AS AN ESSENTIAL ENTRANCE AND EXIT TO North Beach/Telegraph Hill WOULD BE A HUGE IMPACT to the circulation pattern in OUR neighborhood
Anyone who lives on North Beach/Telegraph Hill knows how congested Grant can be. With traffic limited to just two one-way streets traveling north and south, local traffic is barely accommodated now. Bar patrons on the street, Uber and taxis, double parking, and visitors circling the hill looking for parking has Grant in near gridlock several times a day. Whether it’s for a big game or events like Santacon, Grant is often crowded with pedestrians. The block of Vallejo slated for closure is the sole signalized outlet for locals and visitors when Grant becomes impassable. The idea of adding to this congestion is completely misguided.
Typical back-ups and activity on Grant Avenue
ANY CHANGE TO THE CURRENT TRAFFIC PATTERN REQUIRES A MULTI-BLOCK STUDY AND REDESIGN TO ENSURE ACCESS TO BUSINESSES AND RESIDENCES
This has not been done! East bound access from Broadway via Powell relies on Vallejo to reach Grant. Most other streets are blocked from crossing Columbus. The proposed development would initially direct patrons away from Grant, force traffic up the hill on Union Street, then circle through the residential neighborhood on Kearny in order to get back to a congested Gran. The result is detrimental to local residents, businesses on Grant, and visitors/patrons trying to reach our neighborhood. Traffic studies for the area are out of date and don’t take into consideration how the local streets currently function.
ALTERNATIVES EXIST FOR CREATING A FANTASTIC OPEN SPACE AND PRESERVING ACCESS
There are examples in every great city in the world where plazas, cafe seating, and active pedestrian areas exist side by side with small streets. By eliminating parking and widening the sidewalks, significant space can be created to support all the activities proposed by the Developer. This allows the flexibility to close the street for public markets, musical performances, poetry readings, and other events on a regular basis while maintaining a functional street.
Streets and open spaces combining to make great active urban spaces
ALTERNATIVE APPROACHES TO MEET THE DEVELOPER'S GOALS AND SAVE OUR STREET
SOS VALLEJO is happy to work with the Developer to find the best solution through public design workshops and forums for neighborhood input. While not suggesting any specific design, alternatives have been prepared to illustrate how Vallejo can be improved to support the Developer’s vision while Saving Our Street. Let us know what you think and what ideas you have. It is critical the community has some say in the design of such a significant change in our neighborhood. To date this hasn’t happened!
GOALS OF ALTERNATIVE APPROACH:
• Provide neighborhood focal point
• Maintain critical neighborhood traffic outlet
• Maintain access to garages
• Maintain fully accessible fire route - no obstructions
• Widen sidewalks to provide significant additional pedestrian space
• Provide space for seating, kiosks/vendor space, events, etc.
• Maximum flexibility for neighborhood uses
• Maintain easy vehicular access to businesses on Grant to keep them alive and well
• Maintain loading zones to support Grant businesses
• Support uses desired by piazza Developer without closing our street
North Beach/Telegraph Hill IS AN AMAZING PLACE AND DESERVES EQUALLY AMAZING SPACES FOR PEOPLE
Working together we are convinced that this unique location can be a signature destination in the community without creating the congestion and impacts the Developer’s current proposal will bring.
WHAT CAN YOU DO TO HELP?
IF YOU AGREE that open space improvements to Vallejo Street should include public input and maintain its critical role as a functioning street, please let us know by….
Sign the petition
It will be provided to Public Works and the Board of Supervisors so they know the Developer's plan to close Vallejo Street is NOT in the best interest of the neighborhood. Desired public open space can be created while allowing the traffic to flow which best serves our community.
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LET US KNOW WHAT
If you wish to contact SOS VALLEJO with comments or to learn how you can participate in helping make any future improvements to the street something everyone can enjoy, you can contact us at email@example.com
Most importantly, attend the few remaining public meetings to show your support. For upcoming meetings where we need your support, click the calendar button below.
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