Supporting an alternative to closing Vallejo Street
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
CLOSING VALLEJO WOULD HAVE A DRASTIC IMPACT ON NEIGHBORHOOD CIRCULATION, PARKING, AND BUSINESS
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. Grant is in near-gridlock several times a day due to visitors, delivery trucks, ride shares and taxis, double parking, and residents circling the hill looking for parking. The block of Vallejo slated for closure is the sole signalized outlet for locals and visitors when Grant becomes impassable. To add to this congestion is completely unreasonable and unnecessary.
ANY CHANGE TO THE CURRENT TRAFFIC PATTERN REQUIRES A MULTI-BLOCK STUDY AND REDESIGN TO ENSURE ACCESS TO BUSINESSES AND RESIDENCES
Despite the Developer’s claims, 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 Grant. The result would be disastrous for 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 Traffic studies for the area are out of date and don’t take into consideration how the local streets currently function.
Don't Close Us Off!
AN EXTREMELY FLAWED AND POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS PLAN TO CLOSE VALLEJO STREET FOR A PRIVATE DEVELOPER’S PIAZZA HAS BEEN PROPOSED FOR THE BLOCK BETWEEN GRANT AND COLUMBUS AVENUES
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 “Piazza St. Francis, The Poet’s Plaza,” which has been talked about in limited circles for years, is quickly moving forward without residents’ 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.
In the few public meetings held, the Developer has refused to meaningfully listen to the concerns of hundreds of local residents. As a result, SOS VALLEJO has been formed to Save Our Street and provide our neighborhood a voice to express its concern. We are willing to cooperate with the Developer to come up with a design that the residents and business owners of Telegraph Hill can live with. After all, we are the ones who do have to live with it.
Typical back-ups and activity on Grant Avenue
WE HAVE LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT-DESIGNED ALTERNATIVES FOR AN INSPIRED OPEN SPACE THAT KEEPS THE NEIGHBORHOOD OPEN, TOO
There are examples in every great city in the world where plazas, café 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, emergency access, and neighborhood unity. Everyone appreciates more open space, but ignoring our community’s realities is unfair and tone-deaf. We—the ones who will be affected—are willing to compromise.
North Beach/Telegraph Hill IS AN AMAZING PLACE & 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….
Open space and streets can work together. Please support an alternative to closing Vallejo Street.
Streets and open spaces combining to make great active urban spaces
We've compiled a list of names and contact information for board members and other officials that need to hear our voices. Please reach out to as many of them as you can and voice your concerns.
EVENTS & MEETINGS
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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