I just got back from City Hall, where I spoke on behalf of “Healthy Saturdays,” a craftily-named measure that would, for a six-month “trial period,” close Golden Gate park to cars on Saturdays. (Cars are already barred access on Sundays.)
So I got up there, in front of the 3 city supervisors, in a huge ornate room with cameras and microphones and a gallery of 100 people or so, and said, to those supervisors, something more or less (probably less) like this, no doubt with more uhs and ers and stumbles:
Hi, I’m Jon Waldman — I’m a writer and I live a few blocks away from the park up in Cole Valley, and I’m here because I think “Healthy Saturdays” is a great idea. Before coming to San Francisco, I used to live in another liberal, radical city…called Washington, D.C., where there’s another great park that’s closed to cars from 7pm Friday night to 7pm Sunday night. And it’s great — families go there to relax and exercise, and kids can go there and play safely, away from all that urban mess. You said you were looking for a compromise. This is it. I’m not asking you to set aside some huge Alaskan wilderness. I’m asking you to try closing 1.5 miles of road in Golden Gate park for 6 months, and see how it goes. Thank you.