The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) is holding a community meeting on Monday afternoon to discuss a proposal to install hundreds of meters thoughout the northeast Mission and other eastern neighborhoods.
The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. at Z Space, 450 Florida St.
As you may recall, the SFMTA shelved its plan after receiving numerous complaints from neighbors. At an SFMTA meeting two weeks ago, when the proposal was first heard, about 150 people showed up to oppose it.
The meters, part of the SFMTA’s SFPark program, would have no time limit and rates would start at 25 cents an hour, according to the proposal.
In the northeast Mission it is difficult to find parking during the day on weekdays, but more manageable at night. Currently the area is a favorite spot for out-of-town commuters who take BART, people who sleep in their cars and bus drivers who don’t want to pay for parking at the Muni yard on 17th and Bryant streets.
Project opponents say that the SFMTA did not do proper outreach for such sweeping changes to the neighborhood. They contend that the proposal is a solution looking for a problem.
Per a flyer distributed throughout the neighborhood by the group that is organizing to oppose the meters:
“Such fees will burden the newly developed PDR (industrial) districts and artists who often require a vehicle for their work. Gentrification will occur at lightning speed. Longstanding residents, businesses and artists who can no longer afford to be here will have to relocate out of San Francisco, dismantling much investment that the City, our supervisors, and we have done to cultivate our newly thriving neighborhoods.”
The flyer says the group supports:
* Enforcement of currently existing parking management regulations
* The preservation of local businesses and jobs
* Expanded areas of residential parking and “hybrid permits” for mixed-used/PDR neighborhoods
* Improvements to the public transit system to encourage transit use, walking and biking
* The creation of a variety of solutions specific to the needs of the individual blocks (such as angled parking) to reduce congestion and greenhouse gas emissions while improving safety for bicyclists, vehicles and pedestrians.
The SFMTA believes that greenhouse gas emissions would be reduced if the meters are installed, because they would keep people from circling the block to look for parking.