The issues and implications surrounding this project are in themselves problematic but the the first and most blaring issue is the lack of City outreach with respect to notifying neighbors that their home values are about to be turned upside down by the construct of a behemoth concrete pedestrian highway overshadowing them.
Last night only 7 neighbors showed to a design meeting that would directly and profoundly impact home values on at least 4 streets: Sonoma, Ringwood, Oakland, Iris.
People weren't/aren't apathetic. They just didn't know. They didn't know because they weren't notified. Doesn't the city have an obligation to get the word out? Surely sending out a few flyers to four blocks couldn't be too difficult.
The seven who showed were notified by an email sent out by a neighbor the night before who happened to catch the one inch notification buried in the Almanac.
Problem solving after the fact, when the City is being sued by homeowners (as they surely will be - lawyers are standing by) will be another expensive drama distracting our representatives from getting anything done.
This bridge issue is a disaster but the even greater blunder is the City's inability to take simple steps to keep things rolling smoothly.