Really?

 

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.

 

 

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  1. Anonymous

    SEMI: “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.”

    In answer to your question. NO IT WASN’T! BTW, Semi who’s “we”, cuz the way I remember it is these poor residents have dealt with cut through traffic for decades despite a multitude of complaints and every year it just gets worse…talk about a “shell game”, LOL, Staff only addressed it after a massive outcry with video proof…and the FACT that they boned themselves by approving the Talaria project, which anybody with an IQ above 50 can see is going to add considerable traffic to an already PROVEN (streets rated D, E and F’s) congested area…not to mention the already approved 4.2 million sq. ft of commercial coming online in the same area. Yeah, a “shell game”, alright, of thinking traffic is going to be diverted and by using “partial diverts” as Kriske’s ego proclaims. Nah, give the people what is owed to them and they deserve the full blown, died-in-the-wool cul-de-sacs. Otherwise, geesh SEMI, talk about “create new problems”, yeah let’s continue to kick the can down the road thereby creating more, than not, new problems. Good grief!

    • semichorus

      The off ramp used to signal through Cordova. I used it all the time.

      You start blocking off one street and then the one right next to it will want to be closed too. It’s never a great solution.

      • Barb

        It will become a sealed off ghetto. Don’t close the streets.

      • Anonymous

        Barb: “It will become a sealed off ghetto. Don’t close the streets.” Proof? Oh, that’s right, you have none.

      • Anonymous

        SEMI: “You start blocking off one street and then the one right next to it will want to be closed too. It’s never a great solution.”

        Are you insinuating that more 6 story Talaria’s type debacles are going to be built next to neighborhoods in the middle of dysfunctional triangle of streets which can’t be migated properly? Right, I didn’t think so, so your premise doesn’t pass muster.

        • Burbank Bill

          Anon: several surrounding neighbors already complained. Of course you block off these streets, traffic will just flow onto the next open one. The whole thing is a debacle , that Telaria is too damn big for that area

  2. Anonymous

    Who wants those ugly old single family streets anyway. Tear them all down for planed housing. Too much good space to waste on one housing unit per lot.

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