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Preserving parking in North Beach
July 26th, 2016
By Father Gregory Coiro, OFMCap

I noted with interest the large ad in support of the "Piazza St. Francis -The Poets' Plaza.” I hope the Archdiocese of San Francisco will oppose the piazza as depicted and described, as it will not only close Vallejo Street in front of The National Shrine of St. Francis of Assisi but will also result in the loss of four parking garages in the shrine's rectory. As anyone who has ever sought parking in North Beach knows, four existing parking spots are a priceless asset. They are necessary for the shrine's staff and resident clergy to live and work there.


I would encourage your readers to visit the website where they can read about neighbors' objections to the proposed closure of Vallejo Street and view several drawings of alternative proposals that would not require closing the street and will preserve access to the rectory garages. Any one of these plans would satisfy concerns of residents further east on Vallejo Street regarding traffic flow and emergency access, as well as better serve the needs of The National Shrine of St. Francis of Assisi.


Father Gregory Coiro, OFMCap

The writer is former rector of The National Shrine of St. Francis of Assisi.



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