San Francisco to limit car access to Union Square after Louis Vuitton theft
Cars will be restricted in San Francisco's Union Square after a shocking incident of retail theft on Friday night. The San Francisco Police Department said in a statement it responded to reports of possible looting and vandalism at several retail...
thousands of pedestrians mangled or killed by cars in the last few years
SF: I sleep.
SF: Ok ok, let’s talk about car free spaces.
Rational people: can please put repeat burglars and thief's in jail and not normalize this behavior
San Francisco: how about we just ban cars?
Walgreens? No, only the peasants shop there, we can't do anything about it.
Louis Vuitton? Fucking call the national guard.
Time to repeal Prop 47. Crime must be punished. Otherwise there is no law. Change my mind.
It's nice to see that cops actually do care about some shoplifting, just not the kind that closed my local Walgreens and the kind that has Safeway closing at 9 pm instead of being 24 hours. Priorities I guess.
Without all the goddam cars, Union Square might be worth a visit. Looking forward to it.
What’s next? Ban all cars from city limit to solve window break-in theft?
I'd love to see Union Square turned into a pedestrian area. It's dumb that we ever reopened Stockton to cars. Make the Union Square area walkable (leave it open to trucks for deliveries in the morning). It'd be great!
But that's not what this is. This is a city that has completely lost control of crime. No doubt the implementation will be a bunch of ugly temporary barriers and a bunch of cops lounging around taking overtime pay.
Typical San Francisco government at work.. Don't punish the criminal for the crime, punish the innocent.
“We’re having problems with mass looting of stores in SF. Is the problem the thieves?”
“No! The problem is the cars!”
There's the old saying -- skate to where the puck has already been
What we should do is limit access to the bay bridge so that people from Antioch have to take BART to commit their crimes.
Eight people have been arrested in connection with Friday's incident so far, although Scott said he expects more arrests as police have "hours and hours of video" and some suspects "are familiar to us."
That’s somewhat redeeming at least.
What’s next? “Let’s close down all shops to reduce the crime numbers. People should not have cars and that will reduce car jacking. Don’t go out, you won’t get robbed” - our genius politicians
Perhaps in a few months we will look back and this moment was the wake up call for crime overall and things will have changed, but this just seems like a slap in the face to everyone who has ever had their car/home broken into with minimal city response.
About as effective as applying a tourniquet on a dead person. Need a better DA that prosecutes. Need to address systematic issues that lead people down this path. Need to address the racial and economic disparity that created this environment.
This is just the tip of the iceberg
Just a random thought ….. maybe prosecute property crimes in SF? Crazy, I know, but a random thought …….
Breaking news: Mayor Breed announces innovative ways to beat home break-ins. Live in the metaverse.
Wait, closing streets is going to stop criminals who don’t follow laws in the first place? Why would they care if those streets are closed? If anything, this will relieve congestion possibly making getaways easier depending on direction traveled.
I see people often driving down Market where they shouldn’t, so I don’t see how blocking off more of the City is going to make the situation better.
How about, I dunno, punishing criminals instead of punishing everyone.
We recently got Stockton back open to Market and 4th… Since Tourism is our biggest industry; protecting Union $quare is their top priority it seems.
Without the Tunnel, we lose a vital route from Chinatown/North Beach/Telegraph Hill to I-80. Montgomery, 1st street are terrible alternative options.
Or you know… treat vandalism and theft as a more serious crime and start prosecuting everyone again.
There’s a parking garage across the street, how are they going to limit access?
Edit: Lol why am I being downvoted? Are they going to shut down the parking lot? The article doesn’t say anything about how they plan to do this.
Pedestrians are dying on some other high risk streets and they don’t close those off to cars. Guess purses are worth more than people
What? People drive in Union Square, intentionally? I thought all those people were lost!
The problem with this is multivariant but comes down to some simple logistics:
- How far out is the cordon? It it's just one block out, then you're not really doing much. You'd have to put restrictions in place as far out as Market Street going south and along Jones (at least) going West, and Kearny Street to the East and Bush Street North (including blocking the Stockton Tunnel).
- Do you re-route busses? You'd have to realistically otherwise you're going to have to have a manned outpost to let only busses through. So this impacts at least the 30 and 38 plus the new Central Subway station at Union Square. Edit: and oh duh, the Powell Street Cable Car line which can't exactly "re-route"
- What about the hotels in the area? How do you get hotel guests to the hotels? Make them all walk from a controlled entry point? See points 1 and 2 above
- What about delivery vehicles?
- What about emergency vehicles?
- What about citizens who live in the area (not all of Union Square is commercial)
Maybe address the root cause of the crime? I guess on the bright side each person stole more than $950 so that should be an easy dunk for the city to convict these people of felonies.
Fascinating that Union Square will be "flooded" with police now.
I guess the hoods will head to Hayes Valley and Union Street now.
A better deterrent would be some consequences for those who are robbing the city.
And once again decent San Franciscans are punished due to the actions of thugs.
Why ban law abiding citizens from driving in Union Square?
Instead increase SFPD foot patrols, introduce a stop & frisk policy and closely monitor the Powell BART station.
Or just ban teens.
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