Potrero Boosters are definitely standing up for the rights of the people in Potrero Hill. There have been several opinions moved around concerning removing the freeway and a new train in it’s place. Overall, people in Potrero Hill are historically sick and tired of the freeway. If they had their way, they would remove the freeway from the entire Potrero Hill neighborhood. It is seen as a way to divide the community and create depressing effects.
It is difficult to find someone in the neighborhood that does not share this opinion. The freeway is literally a dividing line. However, with the freeway gone, there would be several train line stops that draw people in and out of the neighborhood. Right now, traffic flow of city visitors is dependent upon freeway exits.
In general, I feel like people are not talking about simple facts. Anywhere that there is a walkway that goes under the freeway, it is generally a scary mass. I feel that this is the main reason that people don’t like the freeway. It simply creates spaces that no one cares about and no one wants to make as a place that neighbors hang out.
Having a freeway running through Potrero Hill makes it feel like an industrial zone, in my opinion. Although there have not been many quick moves toward beginning this freeway removal project, be on the lookout for neighborhood opinions that are needed. You can learn more about what’s happened so far here.