Wednesday, October 29, 2008

A silver lining: Rincon Hill highrise scrapped

A lot of people are going to be hurt by the market meltdown and the recession, but the City of San Francisco is going to be better off now that the huge, destructive development projects okayed by Supervisor Mirkarimi and our progressive Board of Supervisors are in financial trouble. We are happy to learn from SF Curbed that a Rincon Hill highrise project has been suspended due to a lack of financing.

The awful Market and Octavia Plan, too, is likely to be scrapped, along with the 40-story highrises planned for Market and Van Ness. We can only hope that UC's plan to trash a state and national landmark on lower Haight Street for a massive housing development will also be stopped. The long-range problem, however, is that these projects have already been approved by the Board of Supervisors and will be revived as soon as the financial situation improves.

Supervisor Mirkarimi talks about how he is "standing shoulder-to shoulder with working families of San Francisco," but his voting for projects like Rincon Hill---luxury highrise condos--only accelerates gentrification in a city that needs affordable housing. Nor does his support for Critical Mass benefit the city's working people, unless you think making it harder for them to get home from work on the last Friday of every month is helpful.
(Ross's smarmy TV ad can be seen here.)

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10 Comments:

At 11:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Critical mass has never made it harder for me to get home from work.

 
At 10:53 AM, Blogger Rob Anderson said...

It hasn't? Gee, that must mean that Critical Mass hasn't made it harder for anyone and is okay.

 
At 2:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Critical mass is a tiny drop in the Friday night traffic bucket.

 
At 2:32 PM, Blogger murphstahoe said...

Car mass makes it harder and less safe for me to get to work every day.

 
At 2:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

No, Critical Mass is not ok-- it's fabulous!

 
At 3:36 PM, Blogger Rob Anderson said...

Witless and anonymous/gutless---I can always count on the bike people!

 
At 3:56 PM, Blogger murphstahoe said...

Let's try some wit.

What's the difference between McCain and Rob Anderson...

Some people are voting for ... oh why do i bother...

 
At 4:07 PM, Blogger Rob Anderson said...

Yes, you shouldn't bother, Murph, since wit clearly isn't your strong suit. Of course you have nothing to say about BRT or the development issues I raise. It's all about bikes, right?

 
At 10:45 AM, Blogger murphstahoe said...

I have plenty of thoughts on those topics, but I figure it's more worthwhile to discuss those ideas with a Supervisor rather than a marginalized blogger.

 
At 11:30 AM, Blogger Rob Anderson said...

Woof, woof!

 

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