Thursday, October 6, 2016
SAN FRANCISCO – On Tuesday, September 20th, the Board of Supervisors unanimously called on San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) to make all efforts to preserve the historic character of the Van Ness Corridor through reuse as well as replication of the Van ness Avenue Historic Streetlamps instead of replacing them with industrial design streetlamps for the Van Ness Bus Rapid Transit (BRT). On October 5, 2016, SFMTA will be hosting a community meeting to present the Van Ness BRT construction information which will be underway in the month of October. Now, city leaders including the Coalition of Save the Historic Streetlamps of Van Ness Avenue consist a group of civic leaders, neighborhood associations, and preservationists including San Francisco Beautiful, San Francisco Heritage and the Victorian Alliance of San Francisco, demand SFMTA to halt any actions that would endanger the Van Ness Historic Streetlamps and to honor the Board of Supervisors’ policy goal to fully explore the costs and technical feasibility of the preservation of the historic streetlamps.
“As the Mayor who took charge of much of the restoration of our glorious iconic City Hall where San Francisco’s history and character are honored and remembered daily by those who work and visit today, I cannot imagine the Van Ness Corridor surrounds not only City Hall but through the heart of San Francisco would lose its historic street lamps,” said Mayor Willie Brown. “I call on SFMTA to put in all efforts to preserve these street lamps that are known as the San Francisco Ribbon of Light.”
“I started out my political career as a preservationist saving the historic Colombo Building in District 3, and it is truly a mission close to my heart,” said Supervisor Aaron Peskin. “The Van Ness Avenue is laid within the Civic Center National Historic Landmark District, and an historic gateway into the City and to the celebrated Golden Gate Bridge. Our City can do better, we can save our history and have efficient public transit too. Let’s save the street lamps.”
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