bart_generic1.jpgLast month, the Examiner ran an article talking about the “crime and grime” that surrounds the 24th and Mission Street BART station plaza. Now, a nice chunk of change is available to help BART do something about it.

On Thursday, the transit company is scheduled to accept a $2.1 million grant from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, as reported by the Ex. This money will go toward making the Mission district station cleaner and, they say, more secure for those that use it.

In the Ex article, we were told the story of a young boy getting robbed of his lunch money at the 24th Street station and left us with numbers that broke down the 166 criminal instances that occurred there within the first six months of this year.

Sure, that’s a large number, and one that should be taken care of. What was shocking though, is that the article revealed that the nearby 16th Street BART station had over four times more crime in that time period than the 24th Street station.

Plans for the grant money include removing two above-ground planters, so that the station plaza will connect with and improve Osage Alley. New bus stops around the plaza are also included in that plan, as well as replanting trees in the plaza and adding a mural.

There’s no word yet on how many trees or murals it would take to manage the 687+ offenses reported at 16th Street BART this year. Perhaps we’ll find that out during next year’s grant season.

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  • Erik

    Aren’t there quite a few trees, murals, and bus stops around the 16th & Mission plaza? It stands to reason that making these modifications to the 24th & Mission station will cause an increase in crime.

  • Erik

    Aren’t there quite a few trees, murals, and bus stops around the 16th & Mission plaza? It stands to reason that making these modifications to the 24th & Mission station will cause an increase in crime.

  • marco

    Great point Erik! In fact, I would imagine that 16th St. BART used to have much lower crime before they spent $4.5 million to redesign that plaza a few years ago (see: http://www.urbanecology.org/downloads/UE_16th_Street_BART.pdf), which has brought in a lot more drug dealing and loitering, etc.

    Extrapolating the numbers, I think the crime level at 16th pre-redesign was probably about what the crime rate at 24th is today.

    Not to mention — $2 MILLION to add remove some planters and freshen up the bus shelters? I think you could build quite a large residential building for that amount these days. I don’t get it.

  • marco

    Great point Erik! In fact, I would imagine that 16th St. BART used to have much lower crime before they spent $4.5 million to redesign that plaza a few years ago (see: http://www.urbanecology.org/downloads/UE_16th_Street_BART.pdf), which has brought in a lot more drug dealing and loitering, etc.

    Extrapolating the numbers, I think the crime level at 16th pre-redesign was probably about what the crime rate at 24th is today.

    Not to mention — $2 MILLION to add remove some planters and freshen up the bus shelters? I think you could build quite a large residential building for that amount these days. I don’t get it.

  • Steve Calderon

    This is awesome. I know there’s been more than one occasion where I’ve been planning to rob and stab the shit out of some people at a BART station with some buddies, only to get there and have one be like “Whoa whoa whoa… hold up, dudes. There sure are a lot of trees and murals around here. We really should re-think this plan.”

    Or, you know, just take a tenth of this money and put four cops on the place full-time, working in shifts to cover operating hours.

  • Steve Calderon

    This is awesome. I know there’s been more than one occasion where I’ve been planning to rob and stab the shit out of some people at a BART station with some buddies, only to get there and have one be like “Whoa whoa whoa… hold up, dudes. There sure are a lot of trees and murals around here. We really should re-think this plan.”

    Or, you know, just take a tenth of this money and put four cops on the place full-time, working in shifts to cover operating hours.