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Thread: San Francisco eyes charge to drive its famed Lombard Street

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    Re: San Francisco eyes charge to drive its famed Lombard Street

    Quote Originally Posted by Carjosse View Post
    How exactly is charging for what is essentially a tourist attraction money-grabbing?
    I used to drive a van for tourists as an SF guide in the late 1970s. We regularly went down Lombard. But we ruined it, sort of. What used to be a fun place to take visitors is jammed. Passed there yesterday, a catastrophe on a Monday. It is a holiday week, tho. I presume the residents are ok with the fee, as I imagine the traffic drives them crazy.

    Tourist tip. If you are in a car and nearby, go down Filbert street, a couple blocks over from Lombard, between the same two cross streets. Different kind of thrill. "Holy ****!" was my son's comment.

    Also, on the other side of the city is Vermont St., on Potrero Hill, next to the freeway. It is also a crooked stree... without the crowds, but also without the nice gardens Lombard has.

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    Re: San Francisco eyes charge to drive its famed Lombard Street

    Quote Originally Posted by Nickyjo View Post
    I used to drive a van for tourists as an SF guide in the late 1970s. We regularly went down Lombard. But we ruined it, sort of. What used to be a fun place to take visitors is jammed. Passed there yesterday, a catastrophe on a Monday. It is a holiday week, tho. I presume the residents are ok with the fee, as I imagine the traffic drives them crazy.

    Tourist tip. If you are in a car and nearby, go down Filbert street, a couple blocks over from Lombard, between the same two cross streets. Different kind of thrill. "Holy ****!" was my son's comment.

    Also, on the other side of the city is Vermont St., on Potrero Hill, next to the freeway. It is also a crooked stree... without the crowds, but also without the nice gardens Lombard has.
    Actually I do not feel too bad for the residents. They paid a premium specifically to live on that street. It has been a tourist destination since I lived there in the 60s and 70s.

    I have to wonder how these tolls will be taken. so do you have to pay for 24 hour toll taker, blocking already congested traffic?

    How about this, figure out the tolls it takes for the upkeep of the road (or perhaps have the tolls for busy summer season ). And then scrap the tolls.

    Like I said, just not feeling sorry for the tenants. Unless they moved in before the 1950s.

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    Re: San Francisco eyes charge to drive its famed Lombard Street

    It is a silly "street". I don't like it.

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