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The city will temporarily close the "Crookedest Street in The World." That's a stretch of Lombard Street, a popular tourist spot.
The closure will be for four weekends starting in late June. The closure does not apply to residents who live in the area.
Lombard Street is a world famous street in San Francisco's Russian Hill neighborhood. It's been featured on TV, in movies and even video games. It is known for a one-block stretch of winding brick road that consists of eight sharp, hairpin turns.
The street attracts hundreds of thousands of tourists each year. They like to take snapshot panoramic views of the city at the top. Then they drive down the crooked street like it's an amusement park ride.
The temporary closing idea came after complaints by some residents. They want to curb the street's chronic gridlock mostly due to curious tourists, especially during the summer.
"This will be a test to improve the safety for residents, pedestrians and motorists in the area," transportation spokesman Paul Rose said.
The city will evaluate what impact the temporary closure will have. It may seek to shut down Lombard Street more often, Rose said. No permanent shutdown is being considered yet.
Critical thinking challenge: Why do residents of Lombard Street want it closed? How does the city benefit by keeping it open? Which is more important?