Some hopes for 2005 in San Francisco
- Published Friday, December 31, 2005, in the San Francisco Chronicle
Hopes for the city
By Kathleen Sullivan and Carolyn Jones
People always talk about how they can make things better for
themselves in a new year, but what if they were being a bit less
selfish? What are some civic improvements that could make San
Francisco a better place to live in 2005?
The Chronicle asked a variety of San Franciscans for ideas, requesting
more specifics than simply their wishes for peace or goodwill. Here
are their comments:
Andrew Sullivan, chairman of Rescue Muni <http://www.rescuemuni.org>,
said that he would like to see the transit agency "reach an 85 percent
on-time reliability rate.
"More people taking public transit so we can spare the air and reduce
traffic and improve the quality of life here; and expansion of rapid
bus service, particularly on Geary."
Leah Shahum, executive director, San Francisco Bicycle Coalition
<http://www.sfbike.org>, said that the coalition expects "to see a
significant increase in the number of people bicycling for
transportation as they realize the health benefits and as the city
stripes more bike lanes and makes biking safer and more comfortable.
"Specifically, we'd like to see bike improvements on Upper Market,
Potrero Avenue, Townsend Street and the Panhandle pathway. We're also
working to get more and better bike parking."
Susan Eslick, president of the Dogpatch Neighborhood Association, said
residents have been working for four years with the San Francisco
Planning Department on the Central Waterfront Neighborhood Plan. A
public review draft of the plan was released nearly two years ago.
But the process has been stalled, Eslick said, because the city has
not funded the required environmental impact review.
"Dogpatch does really want to see development, but we want it to be
sound and effective, not de facto -- lot by lot," Eslick said. "We
feel that with the Third Street Light Rail nearing completion this
seems like the right time to take this seriously."