Are the people who planned the parking situation at the Trader Joe’s on Masonic still around? And are they sorry for what they’ve done? I don’t know.
Now one person not still around is Suzanne Monaco, who was killed while dashing across Masonic to get to the store last month.
She was crossing like this guy was doing yesterday:
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If this is how pedestrians are going to behave, should there be a crosswalk with a light, you know, so people can get to their cars parked across the street because:
1. the actual parking lot for this particular TJ’s is almost always full during the times most people shop, and
2. the people driving up from areas in the south can’t turn into the parking lot anyway as northbound traffic isn’t allowed to left into the parking lot.
Now realize the current situation is already the second stab at a fix, since the line of idling cars that now queue up in the right lane of Masonic used to line up in the middle lane, leaving just one lane for traffic.
That situation was documented back in aught-eight:
“Of course, everybody needs to be on the lookout for all the Frogger-like jaywalkers carrying their groceries across six lanes of parked and moving cars. (Somebody is going to get hit one of these days.)”
What’s wrong with San Francisco?
Is the problem the NIMBY residents of nearby Ralph Waldo Emerson Street, you know, the people who don’t want their Inner Richmond Way of Life interrupted by food shoppers? I don’t know.
But why can’t TJ’s shoppers park on the roof of the TJ’s? There’s a parking lot up there, of course.
Anyway, I think the people who planned the parking situation are still around and I think that they are to blame.
Are they apologetic for what they’ve created?
I don’t know.
Actually, they’re probably still patting themselves on the back and giving each other awards, as they are wont to do.
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