Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Whole Foods at Haight and Stanyan

The new Whole Foods store at Haight and Stanyan is now open, and, not suprisingly, it's a great store. (Last year's New Yorker profile of Whole Foods founder John Mackey, pictured above, is still worth a look.) The store has nothing but the old Cala parking lot with 40 parking spaces, so traffic congestion at that intersection may soon be a problem.

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At 8:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree - great addition but if we work together we can get rid of the parking spaces.

At 10:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes - the space is nice but small. If they built out into the parking lot it would be more akin to a traditional Whole Foods footprint, much better for the community.

At 8:39 AM, Blogger Mikesonn said...

"so traffic congestion at that intersection may soon be a problem"

The store is open, is it a problem? Opening week should be the busiest.

I'm with anon, together we can work towards no parking which would lead to no congestion.

At 11:02 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

They can do a daily farmer's market in the lot with live music!

40 parking spaces - I counted a lot more - but you have to count the bike racks too!

At 10:21 AM, Blogger Rob Anderson said...

No, there are only 40 spaces in the lot. Adequate parking causes congestion? The city said the opposite in a study a few years ago:

"More parking availability means that drivers will spend less time circling in search of parking spaces. Circling reduces safety, wastes fuel, and increases greenhouse gas emissions. Less circling will reduce congestion and greenhouse gas emissions, and improve the quality of life in San Francisco's neighborhoods (page 27, Extended Meter Hours Study)."

But that's a great conceptual breakthrough, Mike: a supermarket with no parking! Even San Francisco isn't that goofy.

At 11:15 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Aha! You've nailed it! As the study you quote concludes - all we need to do is EXTEND THE METER HOURS!!

That way, we will have "More parking availability" which "means that drivers will spend less time circling in search of parking spaces"

At 1:52 PM, Blogger Mikesonn said...

Is traffic a nightmare? It's been open a couple days. I've only heard Nevius bitch about gutter punks, but what's new there?

At 2:37 PM, Blogger Rob Anderson said...

Who's talking about a "nightmare"? What I wrote is that traffic congestion "at that intersection may soon be a problem." I hope it won't, but it's only been open a few days, and it's already a very busy parking lot, even though a lot of people probably don't know it's open yet. It just shows how badly the Haight needed a supermarket. The nearest supermarkets before were/are the Lucky's at Fulton and Masonic and the Safeway at Seventh Ave. and Cabrillo.


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