Reuters - Video

Edition: U.S. | U.K. | IN | CN

Top News

Calls to close off San Francisco's iconic Lombard Street to tourists

Tuesday, May 20, 2014 - 01:07

May 21 - San Francisco plans to close off iconic Lombard street, the ''crookedest street in the world,'' to tourist traffic but residents are unsure if it's the right solution to traffic chaos. Mana Rabiee reports.

▲ Hide Transcript

View Transcript

It's called the "crookedest street in the world". San Francisco's iconic Lombard Street. That crazy, steep, zig zag that tens of thousands come to see. It was built like this in the 1920's. Because cars back then just couldn't make it up the steep incline in one straight line. But all those crowds, those cars. Some are calling it unsafe. SOUNDBITE: LOMBARD STREET RESIDENT TONY DE LELIZZA SAYING: "People aren't complaining so much about tourists. I think people are just worried that it just is becoming chaos." So the city is thinking of making Lombard Street off limits. To cars, that is, except for residents who live here. SOUNDBITE: LOMBARD STREET RESIDENT TONY DE LELIZZA SAYING: "I think Lombard Street will always be Lombard Street. We'll always have tourists here. But I think people are looking for some sort of organization of it." SOUNDBITE: LOMBARD RESIDENT AUGUSTEN HUNNEUS SAYING: "I think it would be wonderful for the residents but I don't think it's possible. We have to find a better way than closing the street." Until there IS a better way, the city will close the street to cars a few weekends this summer. Including the busy Fourth of July weekend.

Press CTRL+C (Windows), CMD+C (Mac), or long-press the URL below on your mobile device to copy the code

Calls to close off San Francisco's iconic Lombard Street to tourists

Tuesday, May 20, 2014 - 01:07