On July 3rd we were prompted by a network of neighbors about an installation occurring on the sidewalk of Octavia and Hickory. Neighbors reported that those who spoke with the installers were told that the installation was a “City Project” for tent prevention.
We put in an inquiry with 311 with the aforementioned details, and were informed that this is “budget issue”. Our subsequent communications have included DPW and SFMTA.We have also reached out to the Police Captain who pointed out that “cement structures are not related to criminal activity and encompasses engineering, construction, and related activities carried out by government, for the benefit of citizens.” We suspect there’s belief among the Agencies that this is truly a “City Project” which is why we’ve gotten the runaround. We’ve also heard from Supervisor Preston’s Office that they are looking into the matter with SFMTA. We’ve yet to hear back.
On July 6th we noticed an outdated sign was affixed to a saw horse in front of the unfinished installation. On July 9th 311 instructed us to contact DPW Bureau of Street Use and Mapping (BSM) for information. Yesterday we left our inquiry with that department and we have yet to hear back.
Update August 4th
Update July 25th
DPW is aware of the newer installation as well as seen in this photo.
Update July 13th 3:10 pm
We’ve had a couple of calls with DPW today. They admitted there is an issue here. A few neighbors spoke to a DPW agent at the site and he explained that they will be handling restoring the sidewalk sometime within the month (so they estimate).
Yesterday we observed skateboarders at the new installation.
We’ll report back with updates as we receive them.