South Sonoma Neighborhood Project
WE NEED TO CHANGE THE NATURE
OF CLAY STREET
Take back this residential street from
the Lodge at Sonoma and Train Town
Enough already. The Lodge at Sonoma has dominated Clay Street since 2001, when it opened. Unable to rein in the hotel's operations through enforceable conditions and Ordinances or manage the overflow parking by Train Town visitors, the City has simply turned its back on the neighborhood.
The Lodge has applied for permits to remodel and expand its restaurant, replace its landscaping, and add a masonry wall at Broadway and Clay. City officials were explicit in their desire to prevent the Lodge from looking like a fortress. A masonry wall at that location would defeat that intention.
The Lodge has
Now is the time to take back our residential street.
Long time residents of connecting neighborhoods near the Lodge have had to sacrifice their feeling of safety and the nearest neighbors have experienced a lower quality of life than other people in the area.
A new housing development will be located on Clay at Broadway and without a determined effort by the City and the citizens, new residents will be exposed to the noise and filth generated by the hotel.
The struggle is real
"Curb parking, it seems, is the stuff of neighborhood psy-ops. It brings out the crazy in people. And that fact — our intense, animalistic territoriality about curb parking — is among the fundamental realities of urban politics," writes Alan Durning. "It’s a root cause, I argue, of most of what’s wrong with how cities manage parking. And much is wrong with how cities manage parking. Consequently, somehow defusing or counteracting this territoriality could release a cascade of good news, if it allows cities to manage parking better. Parking policy is a secret key to solving urban problems ranging from housing affordability to traffic, from economic vitality to carbon pollution — plus a snarl of other ills."
Inspired by parking guru Donald Shoup, Durning summarizes the way out:
Charge the right prices for curb parking spaces,
Return the resulting revenue to the neighborhoods from which it was collected
Repeal off-street parking requirements.