The NE corner of Lyon and Golden Gate hasn't been clear like this for a very long time
Just after the morning downpour, the scaffolding was dismantled
New and nearly completed emergency exits on Golden Gate side of building
All this structure for a fire escape the last three years
At the end of the day it was simple: remove the ungainly, ill-suited scaffolding eyesore and replace it with standard regulation fire escapes. For NOPA neighbors it was the blight that wouldn't go away. Until today. Now at last the Lyon and Golden Gate corner is clear of the obstruction. The sidewalk is safer for pedestrians, two spaces are open for street parking, and, most importantly, the apartment building residents have a safer exit from the building should a fire strike.
BIKE NOPA has been covering this story for more than a year, beginning with a post in January of 2010. Three more followed to urge a resolution and mobilize neighbors who had really had enough of what came to represent frustrations with the city's permit approval process and, apparently, reluctance of the owner to foot the bill and do the right thing.
Sometimes a more livable street comes about from what's removed, not what's added. Time for a celebration all around.