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Future of Folsom Street

From my good friend and neighborhood advocacy mentor Jim Meko:

Dear friends,

Change is coming to Folsom Street whether we like it or not. The Eastern Neighborhoods Transportation Implementation Planning Study (EN TRIPS) has identified it as one of the greatest opportunities to improve traffic flow in the eastern part of the city. Left to their own devices, I’m afraid what they’re talking about is increasing the number of cars on the street. In addition, the America’s Cup spectacle will invariably spill over into the South of Market area. Improving safety and quality of life are secondary concerns to the transportation consultants and planners.

In our community planning efforts, we’ve identified Folsom Street as the ceremonial center of the neighborhood. The Western SoMa Plan envisions Folsom as a neighborhood-serving street with two-way traffic, good transit service linking the community from the Embarcadero to the Mission and a neighborhood commercial corridor between 6th and 10th Street.

The SoMa Leadership Council has tried to stay ahead of events by first convening a meeting in February with a host of government agencies and community stakeholders to make it be known that we’d like an open and participatory process to plan our future and on April 20th we’ll meet again to sketch out a basic framework for a community process. I’m sending this invitation to Supervisor Jane Kim and a host of community leaders. Please forward this to anyone else you can think of who would be interested.

I hope you can attend the April 20th meeting. It’ll be held at 6:00 p.m. in the community room of the Folsom/Dore Apartments, 1346 Folsom Street between 9th and 10th Streets. The future of Folsom Street. It’s up to us. Everyone deserves a great neighborhood.

Jim Meko, chair
SoMa Leadership Council

Photo by Jamie Whitaker

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