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The Danger Zone of South Van Ness
When Mark Morey wanted to know how often people were speeding past his South Van Ness home, he didn’t rely on mere estimates. The 49-year-old Mission resident equipped himself with a cheap radar gun, posted up near a few busy intersections, and took aim. “Almost everyone who drives down that street is driving too fast,” said Morey. “And anyone who has to cross the street is fear-stricken. It’s no surprise that there are so many accidents there.” So many, in fact, that South Van Ness is among the worst of the worst when it comes to dangerous streets in San Francisco. Beyond casual field observations like Morey’s, hard evidence attests to the dangers of traffic on South Van Ness. Although the city has taken some steps in the last two years to make it more pedestrian-friendly, accidents still frequently occur, and residents want to see drastic changes, residents said. In a city that ranks as one of the most dangerous in the nation for ...