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Sleeping In Cars? San Francisco May Soon Say 'Yes'

Kevin N. Hume
SF Examiner
A parking lot near Balboa Park station, which has been identified as a possible safe parking location for people living in RVs, at Geneva and San Jose streets on Monday, July 15, 2019.

On Thursday, the city and county’s Planning Commission unanimously approved a proposal to designate a parking lot near Balboa Park BART Station for long-term parking and overnight camping in vehicles. This approach has already been tried in Oakland, Palo Alto, and San Jose, but it’s a novel move for San Francisco. 

The proposal to allow people to stay for up to 90 days in the lot now heads to the full board of supervisors, and they have to consider the details. Laura Waxmann has been covering this issue for the San Francisco Examiner.

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