The bulb-outs in front of the Alameda Theatre are scheduled to be done early next month as is the installation of the bike racks in parking lot “C.” Can we please name this lot something more creative? How about we sell off naming rights to public lots in order to raise some money in Alameda. It will be like Little League Sponsorship. We could have the Tutttimelon lot.
So basically with the majority of the bicycle parking going across from what will probably be the primary destination for the bicycle parkers, we’ll start seeing a lot more jaywalkers. And we’ll see how diligent the police are about ticketing those jaywalkers, because, after all, that was the solution that the Council came up with. Ticket the jaywalkers! Hoo Rah!
Apparently we can’t get enough police to people’s homes to take care of vandals terrorizing people’s neighborhoods that one block in response to one random incident has gone all vigilantewith air horns and coordinated light turning-ons and photo snapping, but yet we’re going to have enough cops hanging around the theater to check to make sure that pedestrians aren’t darting across the street mid-block.
Personally, I think that stretch in front of the Theatre is much too small, sidewalk wise. Now that Angela’s has put in their sidewalk dining fence it’s ridiculously narrow for a major pedestrian path. I can’t imagine that the restaurants and wine bars will ever get rid of their outdoor patio space, so really, the City needs to do something to be more accommodating to pedestrians.
And since I’m talking about one of Alameda’s major shopping cooridors, I just want to say how much I love the Farmers’ Market move to Haight Street and the move to a Saturday morning on the West end of town. I know that it is inconvenient for some drivers, but there is something thrilling about a street being closed down and being used for pedestrian activities. I’ve been to the new and improved Farmers’ Market several times and it never fails to make me really happy.