Thursday, May 14, 2015

Warriors' arena: Gridlock for Mission Bay

From the Chronicle's letters to the editor on May 13:

The proponents of the new Warriors arena want us to believe it won’t cause traffic problems. How can this be? It’s already terrible. Drive through Mission Bay any weekday between 4 and 6 p.m.

Pick a street: Third, Mariposa, 16th, it doesn’t matter. Count how many traffic light cycles it takes you to get through the next intersection. Add a Giants day game, and you don’t move at all. It’s gridlock.

Many of the people moving into all those new condos will have cars. Now you want to add an 18,000-seat sports venue with parking for only about 1,200? No impact? This is crazy. The developers reap huge profits, you get gridlock. It’s called a boondoggle, folks. Mission Bay: empty to ruined in five years.

Kevin Sarmento
San Francisco

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At 1:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Simple just remove most of the parking. I'm certain people are still going to clamor to get to the games and for housing of any sort.

At 2:01 PM, Blogger Rob Anderson said...

If your certainty was a bike, one asshole could ride to the games.

At 3:36 PM, Blogger Rkeezy said...

And I'd like every bicyclist to be crushed under the weight of their own self righteousness, but we can't all get what we want. We have to live together - it's only the motorists who are living in reality that many people need cars and a few people like riding bikes.

At 9:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

25 years ago, if you told me a 6 year old would not know what a landline phone was, I would not have believed you.

In 25 years, 6 year olds will not know what a drivers license is.

Places that realize this first, win

At 9:17 AM, Blogger efsully said...

I don't understand why people CHOOSE to live in a city an then bellyache about traffic. Traffic congestion is a part of urban living. If you don't like automobile traffic then move the a rural area.

At 10:54 AM, Blogger Rob Anderson said...

This isn't about "traffic" in the abstract, sully. It's about greed and dumb planning by City Hall. If traffic is already routinely gridlocked in that part of town, it's dumb to build a NBA arena there for the Warriors, who, by the way, sell out every game.

The planned arena is just as dumb as the housing project on Treasure Island that will allow 19,000 residents where there are now less than 3,000. Think traffic on the Bay Bridge is bad now?

Ditto for allowing 5,000 new housing units at Parkmerced, another part of town that's near chronic gridlock.

Since the Warriors are very successful at the Oakland Arena, why don't they just stay there? Because the owners of the Warriors will never be rich enough or powerful enough. San Francisco's City Hall has a very bad record on these issues, but all the bobbleheads responsible for this stupidity will all be retired on their generous pensions by the time all these chickens come home to roost.

At 1:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love it, the answer to all urban problems, "if you dont like it move to the suburbs"....LOL


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