I’m totally late on this news: Oakland Planning Director Cuts Off Latham Square Pilot, Lets Cars Back In. sf.streetsblog, 01.11.13.
The Latham Square pilot was supposed to last for six months, but after just six weeks, the widely-lauded, one-block plaza at the foot of Telegraph Avenue is no longer car-free. “The pilot program of having the pedestrian-only area was cut short and one southbound lane was reopened to cars without any warning to pedestrians,” said Jonathan Bair, board president of Walk Oakland Bike Oakland.
not the headline news—i was up-to-date on that.. but about the new planning director:
Flynn came to Oakland in March, having previously worked at a planning firm based in Abu Dhabi, following a stint as planning director of Richmond, Virginia, in 2011.
ummm??? i don’t see how previous work in those kinds of cities would translate well to oakland, a much more different place. i don’t know how the heck she got selected to be director..
When asked for data on Latham Square’s use, she said, “We don’t know how to measure pedestrian and bicycle activity.”
I know there are lots of great planners out there with experience and who are more in tune with Oakland/East Bay communities—how did they not get the job instead of this lady??!!