Bob McPhail 6:31 a.m., May 19
Mid-City Rapid Stops at City Hall
For the Uptown residents who oppose the Mid-City Rapid Bus, Monday is the last chance to put the brakes on the project. It's the day when city councilmembers will consider allowing SANDAG to install angled-parking along Centre Street, Lincoln and Polk Avenues. The angle parking reduces the total loss of parking spaces along Park Boulevard from 33 spaces to 7.
Parking is not the sole reason for the opposition to the Mid-City Rapid Project but is the only chance for the City to slow the project down. The objections from residents are many; they oppose replacing the median for a bus-only lane along Park Boulevard, as well as installing a bus-station near the corner of one of the most congested intersections in Uptown, University Avenue and Park.
Residents have pleaded with councilmember Todd Gloria and to SANDAG planners to reconsider the project. Both the North Park and Uptown planning groups opposed it. Their complaints, however, have only resulted in reducing a loss of parking.
Councilmember Todd Gloria believes the project will improve mass transit for those traveling to downtown. His constituents disagree.
"This is the big one we've been waiting for," writes North Park resident, and former planning chair, Rob Steppke in a July 13 email. "This is the only shot for the city to reject the Mid-City Rapid Bus proposal. It [causes] additional traffic on neighboring streets and hurts businesses along Park Blvd.
Steppke asks that residents attend the council meeting. "The denial of parking is the only mechanism the city has to deny the project so you're participation at this council meeting is critical."