Save Harvey’s Gardens & Grove at Castro MUNI Harvey Milk Plaza

 
 

Please consider signing this initiative to support the creation of the nation’s first LGBTQ Veterans Grove (2499 Market St) and Harvey’s Garden – A Watershed Garden (2401 Market St). The 2 street parks are an important part of existing open space areas with mature landscaping at a historically and culturally significant LGBTQ site that is also an important transit hub.

Why is this important?

We say, Renovate – Don’t Desecrate!
Please sign the petition! Stop the Demolition! Restore/Expand Harvey Milk Plaza!
Protect the ONLY muni station that has open space & mature landscaping! Save Harvey’s Gardens & Grove!

This petition was created by concerned neighbors and community members in the late winter of ’17-’18 as an aspect of the Twin Parklets initiative. Now we are ready for the web. We submitted 2 parklet applications to government stakeholders (Public Works) in early March 2018. As of mid-April we have collected over 750 ‘wet’ signatures that included actual conversations with neighbors, visitors and merchants. *The above is the exact verbiage on the petition.
Whereas, a group calling itself the “Friends of Harvey Milk Plaza” are asking for the demolition of a site, including the mature landscaping, that many believe and understand ALREADY is a significant cultural and historical site. This group has been resistant to hearing our pleas and concerns.

We want a green, sustainable and beautiful solution to an important and efficient transit hub that has suffered from urban strains but is structurally sound. This site already educates and inspires visitors from far and wide. The neighborhood character will be impacted by the of the demolishing of this built environment…(more)

High speed rail became a boondoggle when politicians changed it to low speed rail

By Quinton Kopp : calmatters – excerpt

High speed rail requires a dedicated track and electrification, and almost a decade ago legislators prohibited a dedicated track in the Bay Area and non-electrified track in other areas.

My 1994 state Senate legislation established the California High-Speed Rail Project. It’s not inherently a “boondoggle”; it’s been made a boondoggle by politicians transforming it from high-speed to low-speed.

Functionally, high-speed rail requires a dedicated track and electrification. Almost a decade ago, legislative predecessors of state Sens. Jim Beall and Scott Wiener prohibited dedicated track to prevent the High-Speed Rail Authority from acquiring its own right-of-way from San Francisco to Gilroy. Thus, high-speed rail must use the Caltrain tracks, which limits no more than four trains hourly in primetime, because Caltrain, the right-of-way owner, will run six trains per hour…(more)

Or change the destination to San Jose or change the name of San Jose to San Francisco and stop the train there and you can save the issue of where to put the track along the peninsula. Electrification will be a more complicated problem to solve. Probably disbursing the funds to the various state transit systems is the most reasonable now.

California Focus: COVID’s biggest victim may be mass transit

By Thomas D. Elias : sonomasnews – excerpt

For most of the last 30 years, California saw a mass transit boom stretching from San Diego to Los Angeles to the San Francisco Bay. Both light and heavy rail joined existing bus systems, providing new options for commuters and local residents to get around.

Mass transit also took off as a planning concept. Cities that approve construction of new apartment and office buildings near rail stops often forego requirements for developers to provide parking. Even when they do demand parking spaces, it’s usually fewer than what was previously ordered.

The presumption is that new residents and workers using those structures will use mass transit and their feet, that very few will drive cars…

The reason is clear: fear of contagion. No one who can avoid it wants to ride a crowded bus or train in the day of the virus, even if all aboard are masked(more)