Sunday, March 13, 2016
Franklin Street Crash Control
Approximately once a week we will hear a crash outside of our living room windows at the corner of Franklin and McAllister Streets.
Franklin Street has timed lights for a more thruway-like experience driving north towards the Marina and Marin County, but people often take the risk of plowing through the intersection just as the light turns red, and disaster ensues.
Between the SF Opera House, Davies Hall, the SFJAZZ Center, Nourse Theater, the two theaters in the Veterans Building, the SF Conservatory of Music, and the occasional rock concert at Bill Graham auditorium, there are lots of confused motorists converging on the area. This is in addition to the many commuters and visitors driving to and from City Hall and adjoining government offices and courthouses.
There are also thousands of new residents in the neighborhood who have moved into recently constructed luxury condos and rentals which have been sprouting like huge mushrooms in the rain.
This week new, more prominent stoplights are being installed on Franklin Street intersections in the neighborhood. This could be ecological (the new lights have a solar energy component), or it could be for safety.
Whatever the reasons, it's good to see because the daily mayhem is completely out of hand.