One-Way Blocks of Hayes and Fell Street in Hayes Valley To Go Two-Way? SFMTA Holds a Public Hearing Friday

The NIMBYs and small-time millionaire bidness owners of Hayes Valley don’t want you Sunset District-living Chinese-Americans driving your Toyotas through Hayes Valley when you head home from SoMA.

NOT AT ALL!

So, why not take out lanes, put up No Left and No Right signs and do whatever else they can to prevent west-bound traffic using Hayes to get to Fell, aka The Panhandle Freeway? See below for the deets.

Oh, and speaking of Fell, well, the Hayes Valley Merchants Association doesn’t want you using a few short blocks to jink from eastbound Oak to 10th Street southbound and the freeways beyond neither. They want you using hopelessly-clogged Octavia instead. (Hey, who thunk up our disastrous Octavia Boulevard “Boulevard-Movement” experiment, anyway?)

Look at all these trees proposed for Hayes Street – how many of them are useful fake cell-phone-antenna trees? Probably zero.

Don’t even try it, Sunset denizens. All the outreach meetings are over and done with, and you weren’t invited. You are not a stakeholder. You are the Yellow Horde from the West. So, shut up, pay your taxes and deal. Whether you like it or not.

And who knows, maybe someday the SFMTA will come on up to like 32nd and Lawton or someplace way out there and then outreach you about how tout le monde should pay for your neighborhood improvement project.

Just give it a few decades…

“Director of Transportation Engineering – Sustainable Streets Division will hold a public hearing on Friday, January 21, 2011, at10:00 AM, in Room 416 (Hearing Room 4), City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, SanFrancisco, CA  94102, to consider the following proposals:

Hayes Street Two-Way Proposal

ESTABLISH – TWO-WAY OPERATION

Hayes Street, between Van Ness Avenue and Gough Street (currently one-way westbound)

ESTABLISH – RIGHT TURN ONLY

Hayes Street, eastbound at Van Ness Avenue

ESTABLISH – LEFT LANE MUST TURN LEFT

Hayes Street, westbound at Gough Street

ESTABLISH – RIGHT LANE MUST TURN RIGHT EXCEPT MUNI

ESTABLISH – TOW-AWAY LANE MUST TURN LEFT

Hayes Street, westbound at Van Ness Avenue

ESTABLISH – NO LEFT TURN, 7 AM TO 7 PM, EVERYDAY

Hayes Street, eastbound at Franklin Street

ESTABLISH – TOW-AWAY NO STOPPING ANYTIME

Hayes Street, south side, between Van Ness Avenue and Franklin Street

Hayes Street, north side, between Polk Street and Van Ness Avenue

RESCIND – TOW-AWAY NO STOPPING ANYTIME

ESTABLISH – PARKING METER AREA 2

ESTABLISH – TOW-AWAY NO STOPPING, 7 AM TO 9 AM AND 3 PM TO 7 PM, MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY

Hayes Street, north side, between Van Ness Avenue and Franklin Street

RESCIND – TOW-AWAY NO STOPPING 4 PM TO 7 PM, MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY

Hayes Street, south side, between Market Street and Polk Street

RESCIND – BUS ZONE

Hayes Street, north side, from Franklin Street to 64 feet westerly

RESCIND – TOW-AWAY NO STOPPING 4 PM TO 7 PM, MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY

9th Street, west side, between Market and Howard Streets

Fell Street Two-Way Proposal

ESTABLISH – TWO-WAY OPERATION

Fell Street, between Van Ness Avenue and Franklin Street (currently one-way eastbound)

ESTABLISH – TOW-AWAY NO STOPPING, 7 AM TO 9 AM, MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY

Fell Street, south side, between Franklin Street and Van Ness Avenue

ESTABLISH – NO LEFT TURN

Van Ness Avenue, northbound, at Fell Street

ESTABLISH – TOW-AWAY NO STOPPING ANYTIME

Fell Street, north side, from Franklin Street to 90 feet easterly

Fell Street, south side, from Franklin Street to 50 feet easterly

ESTABLISH – NO PARKING ANYTIME

Fell Street, both sides, from Van Ness Avenue to 20 feet westerly

The above items have received environmental clearance from the San Francisco Planning Department through an Addendum to Environmental Impact Report dated December 16, 2010, for Project Title 2003.0347E – Market and Octavia Neighborhood Plan; Hayes & Fell Two-Way.

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9 Responses to “One-Way Blocks of Hayes and Fell Street in Hayes Valley To Go Two-Way? SFMTA Holds a Public Hearing Friday”

  1. vobeck says:

    Wow, WTF does this have to do with Chinese-Americans? I really don’t think SFMTA is using one way streets as a form of indirect discrimination. That was really uncalled for and tasteless.

  2. whir says:

    What the hell? So if people who live in Hayes Valley want to do some simple traffic-calming measures so people don’t blast through their streets at top speed en route to somewhere else, they are racist against Chinese-Americans? Is that really what you’re saying?

  3. sfcitizen says:

    You might not have been around, but the end of the Central Freeway started a political revolt on the west side.

    The people of Hayes Valley who dreamed up the ridiculous Octavia Boulevard are continuing by trying this two-way proposal.

    I think if you take a look at the no left signs, it’s not a matter of top-speed, it’s a matter of Hayes Valley people not wanting traffic.

    You are jumping to conclusions about racism. The (rich, white, old) people behind this push don’t give a rat’s ass about breeders living in the Sunset. Call that racism if you will.

    http://www.google.com/#sclient=psy&hl=en&safe=off&q=central+freeway+sunset+asian&aq=f&aqi=&aql=&oq=&pbx=1&fp=25a0b2344dc0e416

    http://articles.sfgate.com/1999-10-28/opinion/17702640_1_mayor-brown-willie-brown-central-freeway

  4. whir says:

    I was around, as a matter of fact growing up I lived at Oak and Laguna, right where the onramp to the Central Freeway was, and good riddance to that monstrosity forever. Apart from being an eyesore, and apart from all the soot that was constantly on our windowsills, caused no doubt by car exhaust from non-stop traffic, the area underneath the freeway was crazy dangerous for a kid to walk through, being as how there were almost no lights down there and no foot traffic to speak of, the place was always full of extremely sketchy characters and various homeless encampments. Cars were constantly being broken into on our block, which I’m quite sure was not coincidental. So the hell with the Central Freeway. I’m not a fan of Octavia Boulevard as it currently exists, but I can speak from long personal experience when I tell you it’s a million times better than the freeway ever was or could be.

    In later life I lived in the way outer sunset myself, and I feel for the people there, public transit in the sunset really sucks and as a result everyone wants to drive. But I don’t see where because they have to drive everywhere that should give them veto power over Hayes Valley traffic planning.

    I’m not jumping to conclusions about racism, when you use phrases like “You are the Yellow Horde from the West” you strongly imply that people who oppose keeping the street one way are doing so because of their own racism against Chinese-Americans, and that’s pretty messed up rhetoric. To my knowledge Chinese-Americans in the sunset don’t have different transportation concerns than anyone else in the sunset, so why make the distinction?

  5. sfcitizen says:

    Anything the Hayes Valley Whatever Association wants I oppose.

    The Central Freeway was much better than Octavia Boulevard. It was also paid for. It was also seismically safe.

    How about Euro-centric? Like when the rich old white people with the ear of City Hall changed the colored X-Mas tree lights of Civic Center to plain old Protestant White?

    There were street walkers hanging about. They would have left on their own accord anyway.

  6. Herr Doktor Professor Deth Vegetable says:

    I don’t live in Hayes Valley, or anywhere NEAR Hayes Valley, but I am hugely in favor of the Octavia Blvd redevelopment. I think it’s terrific, and has removed the blight of the central freeway from a large swath of San Francisco that had not seen the light of the sun in years.

  7. sfcitizen says:

    I consider Octavia Boulevard blight – let’s get rid of it, why not?

  8. vobeck says:

    No, seriously. You said a racist comment, I called you out on it, and you have not responded.

  9. sfcitizen says:

    Well I imputed Euro-centric thoughts into the aging white heads of the NIMBYs of concern. I’ll probably do something like that again at some point, to be honest…