June 4, 2012
Chinatown Broadway Street (re)Design Sneak Peek And Unveiling
Stretching from the Broadway Tunnel to Columbus Avenue, the goal is to improve pedestrian conditions while developing plan that is "safe, gracious and lively."
Improvements as mostly rendered above include sidewalk widening, bulb-outs and curb ramps; new benches, street lights, and signal lights; public art installations; and trees!
∙ The Chinatown Broadway Street Design Project [sf-planning.org]
First Published: June 4, 2012 3:15 PM
Comments from "Plugged In" Readers
This is great, that stretch is so bleak right now. The Divisadero Street greening made a huge difference. More!
Posted by: CH at June 4, 2012 3:46 PM
Ha ha, this is funny, it will put in a few trees and repaint the crosswalk, an afternoon's work for a guy with a shovel and a paintbrush. Wait and see how much it will cost!
Posted by: Unwarrantedinlawnick at June 4, 2012 4:06 PM
Not only are there many trees and a newly painted crosswalk, but there also appear to be many new and replaced light poles and different sidewalk concrete configurations. That will be quite the afternoon's work for that "guy with a shovel and a paintbrush" -- hope he is paid well if he can get all that done in an afternoon.
Posted by: p3p at June 4, 2012 5:07 PM
Oh, sorry, you're right, you were probably good at "Spot the Difference." Looks like there will be a bit of sidewalk work and a different colored light pole.
And yes, although he'll only work hard for an afternoon, the millions he'll make will feed him and his progeny for a lifetime. Now maybe I'm wrong, maybe it's just a few thousand dollars for this "greening" but I've become jaded, I think this will run into the millions.
Posted by: unwarrantedinlaw at June 4, 2012 5:15 PM
All those maxed out campaign contributions to every local politician don't come cheap.
Posted by: tipster at June 4, 2012 5:23 PM
Can we quit bitching about SF becoming more pedestrianized, greener, brighter, safer and cleaner.
As CH said, it's a pretty large improvement if its at all in light with the Divisadero upgrades... let alone any of the others that have been happening in the rest of the city center.
Posted by: anon at June 4, 2012 5:33 PM
Waste of money
Posted by: BobN at June 4, 2012 5:42 PM
SF, the city that knows how...to whine.
Posted by: gellan at June 4, 2012 5:45 PM
Pretty impressive for one guy to be able to do concrete work, install numerous new lightpoles (with new power wiring), add benches, and plant scores of trees, along several city blocks, all in one afternoon, all by himself, with just a shovel and paintbrush.
Where has this guy been hiding all this time? We could use him in some other places.
Next we'll put him on the Van Ness BRT, he should be able to knock that out in a couple of days at most, with his shovel and paintbrush.
After that, perhaps the Central Subway.
Posted by: p3p at June 4, 2012 6:06 PM
Actually, it's even more, he also has to kill the nice trees that are already there.
Posted by: Unwarrantedinlawnick at June 4, 2012 7:30 PM
Can't believe the complaints. I can only assume that complainers don't realize how densely populated Chinatown is - if the cost is counted in (US$) / (SF citizen's lives improved), I'm sure it's well spent money.
Posted by: TimeMachine at June 4, 2012 8:10 PM
Posted by: sf at June 4, 2012 10:05 PM
This project will improve the street for those on foot though it could be a money sink as well.
For the past nine months or so I've passed a corner that is being remodeled. The goal of the remodel seems to be to reduce the corner radius, slowing traffic and reducing the distance that pedestrians need to cross. The project moves at a glacial pace though seems to be implemented "by the book" with soft hit posts installed and removed and then reinstalled at different micro-phases of the project. It is almost as if they went for the contractor who could satisfy all of the regulations in place without questioning the merit of the regulations.
That corner project still creeps towards completion. They must have spent several thousands on the temporary fixtures like striping and soft hit posts alone. It might consume an entire year by the time it is done.
There should be a rule that no streets project should take 100x longer nor cost 100x more than what an equivalent Chinese crew could accomplish. It is possible to safely create quality work while paying the builders well without falling over the edge of over-specification.
Hopefully that's not the case here.
Posted by: The Milkshake of Despair at June 4, 2012 11:02 PM
I will miss watching all those cars hitting that curb with the rear wheels as they make a right onto Stockton st.
Looking forward to seeing the rest of the improvements. Be nice if they could get a radio signal through the tunnel while they are at it.
Posted by: Eddy at June 5, 2012 6:40 AM
I also hope they fix the odd angle from broadway heading west into the tunnel. Oh, and the comment above was supposed to be Powell st, notbstockon.
Posted by: Eddy at June 5, 2012 6:45 AM
How about painting/cleaning that hideously ugly public clinic building and sculpture right above the tunnel?
Posted by: etslee at June 5, 2012 9:16 AM