Tomorrow night the council members will try to decide what to do about the North Alameda traffic abatement plan. That’s the one which was set up after the city gave the new Talaria
Whole Foods 365 project the A-OK.
Is this really the case down there? Or does it just involve the opinion of the residents of those four blocks?
If Full Closures are Constructed
Through the public outreach process, staff appreciates that there is significant community support from residents on the four streets for full closures, and that the City Council may decide that maximum protection of the four streets outweighs the policy implications and equity issues of installing full closures on a grid system. Should the City Council wish to implement the full closure of Cordova, Avon, Lima, and California Streets, staff believes the current Alameda North Improvements should be modified as detailed in Exhibit C instead. The elements contained in Exhibit C include the elements from Exhibit B as well as the full closure of Cordova, Lima, Avon, and California Streets. Exhibit C also includes additional measures to mitigate a significant traffic impact caused by the closures and will help to reduce the traffic shifts to other streets.
Wasn’t this the same neighborhood that for almost 50 years had an actual freeway offramp that dumped cars directly onto at least one of those same streets as a beeline to avoid Hwy Way?
Which no one worried about too much during most of those years as we remember. No, they used it as a shortcut!
These shell-game abatement schemes always create new problems of their own. Staff’s recommendation not to do this full closure thing is the correct one.