Union Street NIMBY Business Owners Have a Good Cry Over New Bus Stops

Let’s check  in with the Cow Hollow area on Union Street, where lots and lots of business lots are for rent these days, per this recent bit from Sally Kuchar at CurbedSF. Well, here’s the news of the day: There’s a new proposal from MUNI to have bigger bus stops and longer buses on the 41 Union line.

The reaction? Crazy, Kramer-esque banners from millionaire homeowners. See? But don’t laugh, signs like these get results, sometimes. Like when the World’s Smallest Burger King over in the Inner Sunset went under after being subjected to one man’s incessant campaign. RangeLife has the story on that one.

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But let’s hear from today’s Union Street NIMBYs themselves. Happy reading!

60 FEET-LONG MONSTER MUNI BUSES
THREATEN TO PUT SMALL UNION STREET INN OUT OF BUSINESS
 
A SF Muni proposal is currently in the works to establish a 291 feet long Bus Terminus at Union & Fillmore. This is to accommodate 60 feet long articulated buses which are planned for service on Union Street. This act of folly places the terminus at the very doorstep of the Union Street Inn, and could place the very existence of the jewel-like Inn in jeopardy.
 
Objections to the ill-conceived plan voiced by merchants of the Union Street Association at recent meetings were summarily dismissed, leaving the impression that the plan is a done deal. The proceedings were termed “farcical” by some merchants.
 
The impact on The Union Street Inn and other merchants in the area could be crippling. With the small inn already struggling to survive in a bruising economy it is inconceivable to think that Muni would even consider removing five revenue-earning meters directly outside the Inn in order to make way for a totally inappropriate, peace-disturbing terminus that would start operation at 5 am and continue throughout the day.
 
Closure of the award-winning Inn would not only be a tragedy, wrought by bureaucracy run amok, but would also result in a loss of  $40,000 a year paid by the inn through the City Hotel Tax.
 
An appeal for intervention by Supervisor Alioto-Pier has, as yet, only elicited a polite formal response from a Legislative Assistant.
 
CONTACTS: David Coyle, Innkeeper, Union Street Inn, 2229 Union Street; Lesley Leonhardt, Union Street Merchants Assn.

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3 Responses to “Union Street NIMBY Business Owners Have a Good Cry Over New Bus Stops”

  1. neigh-bor says:

    “Objections to the ill-conceived plan voiced by merchants of the Union Street Association at recent meetings were summarily dismissed, leaving the impression that the plan is a done deal. ”

    or

    leaving the impression the interests of the City’s public transportation networks functionality and reliability, regional sustainability, and the professional analysis of the city employees has a slightly more weight then the incessant whining of a few change-fearing NIMBYs with their myopic interests and antiquated thinking.

    another dining room table discussion, if I do say so myself.

  2. hmm says:

    I wonder if they have a permit for that banner??

  3. Jay says:

    They obviously have not ridden the 41 during rush hour. It’s like riding the 30, but full of yuppies.

    For the proposed bus stop extension, two parking meters are yellow-zoned meters and I assume the other 3 are regular meters. Unless the hotel owner is illegally feeding the meters for her guests, then I don’t see why she should be complaining.

    This block (where the bulk of complaints are coming from) does not have heavy foot traffic. For most part, most of the people walking down this block are commuters who get off the 41, 45, or 22.