Reader Paula J. from the Sunset writes:
I recently (in December) moved to the Sunset (48th and Judah) and have been taking the N Judah to Civic Center where I work. (I’ve lived in SF for 19 years, but have never lived out here).
Anyway, when the T line caused the N Judah to meltdown, I was dumped off in various locations (along with everyone else) and at all hours of the cold nights. I kept seeing this one older person who seemed very sickly. Through this experience as well as through my work which focuses on the food system, I realized that the N Judah is literally a lifeline for the poor.
Several years ago, my organization and others conducted a large scale food system assessment. Through this assessment, I realized that the Sunset had the fewer food resources that most other neighborhoods, especially for the poor including congregate feeding programs (like Glide and St. Anthonys), food pantries, summer lunch sites, etc. Many of our neighborhood’s poor residents must take the N Judah to get services including food.
I attend the Board of Supervisors’ Food Security Task Force, and have been emphasizing the lack of food resources in the Sunset, especially for the elderly, children and the poor. Without the N Judah, I’m convinced that a significant number of people go hungry.
I really enjoy the N Judah Chronicles, and would be happy to talk more about this.
PS: Find the Food System Assessment here — check out the maps on page 42 and 48
Also, the Food Bank has a good neighborhood assessment, and the Sunset has over 13,000 people at risk of being hungry, yet we have only 6 pantries for the entire neighborhood.
Reader Paula makes a point that often gets lost in “transit policy discussions”, especially when the bureau-bots and political types get involved. It’s quite easy to forget in the reams of statistics, studies, meetings, and whatnots, that public transit is not just some lofty concept – it’s something people rely on for their daily lives. And endless “talk” does not get the job done – doing something does.
When we all start tolerating, even expecting mediocrity, failure, and incompetence from the well-paid people downtown who are allegedly working for our benefit, it’s not just commuters to good downtown jobs that lose. Everybody loses, and it’s those who don’t have blogs, or well-paid megaphones who lose out the most.
Mr. Ford? Mr. Newsom? MTA Folk? Are you listening? Do you even care? Or are you all paid well enough not to?
Maybe we oughta put them all on a foodbank challenge like the one Gov. Kulongoski took in Oregon.
Then maybe they’d get the N-Judah back online again!