January 8, 2010

Welcome from Commissioner Concrete!

An example of what my department is concerned with.

On behalf of my entire staff, I welcome you to the San Francisco Department of Sidewalk Parking. Note that we are not affiliated with any official San Francisco government agency or department.

The SFDSP's mission is to raise awareness, in a somewhat light-hearted way, of a serious problem in San Francisco. Their garages cluttered, converted to in-law units (mostly illegally), or unable to hold their excessive number of cars (and given that city streets are already chock full with that unmistakable manifestation of the American Dream), many of our fellow San Franciscans seem to think it is in their right to park their private vehicles right onto the public sidewalk. Often this means that street trees and front gardens are removed and concreted over (both are illegal), to make place for vehicles to park on it (also illegal). This practice not only turns entire once-charming and attractive neighborhoods into blighted, ugly, and depressing seas of concrete, but it also endangers pedestrians, harms the environment, and runs counter to the city's professed goal to create walkable, sustainable communities. The city has long been reluctant about confronting this problem. While you can report sidewalk parking to the DPT anonymously at 415-553-1200 (and in most cases, they will come out and ticket), it is our view that the City should take a much more aggressive stance against this blight and be more vigilant on enforcing zoning and permit laws.

The Department will be posting some of the more instructive examples of sidewalk parking and sidewalk blight, as well as background analysis and information on the legalities of certain practices, the authorities' response and efforts, and how you can help fight sidewalk blight.

I encourage you to contribute to the Department's work. Send your pictures and submissions to me.

Yours truly,
Commissioner Concrete

18 comments:

  1. Great site! Let's hope somebody does something about these people who have no regard for people who need to walk on those sidewalks.

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  2. Awesome website! You should have a page where one could upload images in REALTIME (Maybe Facebook or Twitter) that DPT could monitor and catch these selfish people in the act.

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  3. Thank you, Commissioner, for providing this valuable public service and for broadcasting a message that needs to be heard and respected.

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  4. Hello,
    How can we post photos and videos? Is there someone out therre who is willing to help me transfer old fashion VHS into CDs and put them on the internet. Police, landlords tenants, DPT officers, DPT OFFICIALS, ALL ...

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  5. @Cameron, ever heard of seeclickfix?

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  6. Are you aware that most of the people that stumble upon your lame website have probably done so because they are googling something along the lines of "how to get out of a ticket for parking on the sidewalk in sf"? Get a new hobby.

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  7. Sidewalk parking is wrong, but you cross the line when you rail about driveway parking. As long as your car doesn't hang over the sidewalk (i.e. your car is flush with your lawn or landscaping) you are legal.

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  8. Wow I can't believe someone actually dedicated this much time to try and fight driveway parking. The creator of this site 'Concrete Commissioner' must either not be able to afford a car because he spends so much time maintaining this site OR so much money that he can afford a garage and therefore doesn't have to deal w/SF huge parking problem...also giving him plenty of time to make this lame web page;p ...Or...you are just so overweight (because you spend most of your time reading these silly comments) that it is so SO difficult to maneuver around these ILLEGALY parked cars...because if it illegal its wrong...? right? Get a life loser!

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  9. Just how much sidewalk do you need? those squares are 3'x3' Measure your hallway or for that matter the front door. Get a real job!

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  10. Anyone living in San Francisco knows how hard parking can be and it IS A HUGE SF issue. I feel that it's everyones' right to park their vehicles on their "driveway" as long as there is enough space for pedestrians/strollers/wheelchairs to pass by. Tell me, what are the EXACT measurements for it to be "legal" to park a vehicle in front of your home? Is it better to park it parallel to the curb? You tell me COMISSIONER OF CONCRETE.. get a life!

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  11. I park in my driveway and will continue to park in my driver Commissioner. Come find me, I challenge you - I have no problem donating money to our fine city =)

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    1. See MTA guidelines (below) IT IS LEGAL TO PARK ON YOUR DRIVEWAY.

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  12. Does anyone know how many driveways are in San Francisco? I'm doing a report on this and would like to know. Great site. Thanks!

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  13. take a picture, report, and ticket the illegal parking. Right On commissioner!

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  14. I'm kind of torn here. Parking on the sidewalk may be illegal but it's not wrong. I don't park on the sidewalk nor do I agree with how some people park on the sidewalk (some I feel are ok so long as they're not blocking the majority of the sidewalk) but at the same time, I hate the fact that this site exists. This is a site created by a self righteous douchebag. Yes Commissioner Concrete, you are scum. You simply think you're better than everyone else.

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  15. Illegal in-law apartments contribute a lot to this mess. The apartment usually takes up the garage space, putting one car on the street that used to be in the garage - and then another one to two cars are now on the street that belong to the in-law apartment tenants.

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  16. You are wrong about Driveway parking - this is from the MTA website:
    Park In Your Own Driveway
    You may park in your own driveway as long as no portion of your vehicle extends over the sidewalk. Residents may park in front of their own driveway parallel to the curb or street, only if the vehicle’s license plate is registered to the building’s address, and if the building has two or fewer units.

    You can help neighbors and visitors avoid citations and being towed. Feel free to print and share this flyer: Thanks for keeping our sidewalks safe (PDF)
    http://www.sfmta.com/getting-around/parking/how-park-legally

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  17. This article seems quite like a biased elaboration. Or perhaps someone does not understand the actual difficulties in raising a family while trying to earn a decent living in San Francisco. On top of the whistle blowers like this blog site is trying to appeal to, San Francisco is taking away more parking spaces to make room for bike lanes extended cafe/restaurant seating and dining areas which is not wrong but its not fare to those of us with a family with just ONE car while many others have three or even four that take up the rest of the street. Then some irritated/biased person has to try to play MR Erin Brockovich as if his/her neighbor decided to dump toxic radiation on the sidewalk. Because lets face it they closed the bayview/hunters point power plant in 2006 but anyone who actually lives and cares about San Francisco knows there’s still HAZARDOUS substances and chemicals in our water ways we should be addressing(http://greenaction.org/campaign-bvhp-cleanup). Oh no wait it was just your neighbors car which happens to not be a rust bucket and actually minds their own business and leaves plenty of room for pedestrians and people with wheelchairs. Please there are actual factual problems with society especially in a city which considers low income to clock in at or around $45,000 and extremely low at $29,000 or below a year. Thank you. We all cant live in either gated super communities or low income housing communities where they don’t necessarily have to worry about these kinds of problems.

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