Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Dede's Drive-Thru

You may remember from some months ago our local action to keep a short stretch of roadway in Golden Gate Park devoid of car traffic. Unfortunately, a 'done deal' it is not as an heiress called Dede Wilsey has ponied up $200,000 to support a measure on an upcoming ballot that would, in part, restore all pre-pandemic vehicular traffic to the park. The slogan on the heiress-supported measure's literature is: We Need Access for All with not a single use of the word 'car' appearing anywhere in the writing. Mind you, her aim is take away what has become a lovely promenade for all in Golden Gate Park.

I'm ticked off that we have to have this fight again. And I'm extremely frustrated that a wealthy socialite with direct ties to the art museum in Golden Gate Park (whose stance on this matter is publicly pro-auto) is pushing her weight around in this arena. With expanded park shuttle service, additional blue placard parking spaces & extra pick-up/drop-off zones directly adjacent the museums and other tourist-centric activities it would seem that, as the kids might say, we got this, Dede. You don't have to back a bad measure that will take away what has been for many, a wonderful respite from two plus years of pandemic stress. Oh, and did I mention that there is ample (yet costly) parking in underground garages below the museums? 


Dow Chemical heiress, Dede Wilsey, wants to remove car-free spaces in Golden Gate Park.

Come November 8, we, the voters, will decide the fate of car-free JFK. I hope, hope, hope we do the right thing!




15 comments:

  1. Sigh. I hope that November 8 brings you good news.

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  2. Fight the good fight! Money doesn't always win. Good luck!

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  3. May she be humble pied on election day

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  4. We really must do something about the rich and entitled in this country (and, in fact, the world). I hope the word is getting out there about this measure and that it fails.

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    1. Yes. By the looks of it above, she lives in a museum. We're trying to get the word out. I'll be in GGP spreading the word til the bitter end.

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  5. Best of luck, totally on your side. It's so frustrating when $$ get's in the way of common good.
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    1. Thanks, Sandy. -was out on JFK today sharing the message. It's funny the (very small) number of visitors to the promenade who want a return of chockablock car traffic to the exact spot they now enjoy as peds, cyclists, etc. Nutty stuff.

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  6. Patience above! This lady obviously wants a legacy and I think, as you have alluded in your title, she'd rather like a stretch of bitumen to be named in her honour. I expect she's rather misjudged the mood of the plebs on this matter.

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    1. I sincerely hope so. She simply cannot win.

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  7. Waving hi as I make my blog rounds, and hoping for a positive outcome for you.
    Sandy's Space

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  8. Waving hi as I make my blog rounds. Hope you're doing well.

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