It looks like the Oakland City Council decided to open up Latham Square to 2-way traffic. This is disappointing on a lot of levels, but the most critical reason is because the city outlined an evaluation process, and then didn’t bother to follow it.
Let’s recap the timeline:
- City creates public plaza for a 6 month car-free pilot
- Plaza opens July 15, 2013
- Plaza reopened to car traffic in August 2013 after 6 weeks of pilot
Last time I checked, there is a big difference between 6 weeks and 6 months. If they stuck to the 6 month timeline, it would be ending in the next few weeks. Other than a few signs on the block of the plaza, the city didn’t seem to “promote” the plaza to nearby residents. There also didn’t appear to be a clearly defined way to evaluate the merit of the pilot.
The real problem is, we can’t exactly count on our elected officials to deliver what has been promised or follow the process they outlined. But I guess that is par for the course anyway.