Public space in San Francisco diminishes daily and I'm a longtime and strong believer in deleted a lot of the street furniture cluttering our sidewalks and other areas. As many readers know, I've insisted since August 2011 that the Castro gayborhood's news racks be removed and first called for City-wide consolidation in 2009.
But now DPW is about to reinstall that pedmount and one merchant, Steve Porter who's the general manager of Harvey's bar and restaurant, is pleading with Mohammed Nuru, the chief of DPW, to 17th and Castro Street pedmount free. Porter writes:
"On Friday March 6th I attended a neighborhood walk through with your staff, representatives from the publishing industry, and fellow merchants. I’m happy to say that we were able to reach compromises that work for everyone with regard to the placement of most of the racks on Castro Street. However the proposed location of the 6 pack box at the southeast corner of 17th and Castro is entirely unacceptable.
"I’m sure you are well aware of all the arguments against this location so I won’t waste your time by reciting them again. I want to go on record as joining the chorus of voices that are urging you to do the right thing and put the interests of our community first. Allowing the publishers and Clear Channel to place a box anywhere on that corner will setback the efforts our community is making to provide a safer atmosphere in Jane Warner Plaza, will also restrict the flow of pedestrian traffic in an already congested area."
Joining the chorus is Andrea Aiello, the executive director of the Castro Benefit District, who sent this to Nuru: