Saturday, February 20, 2010

Aaron Peskin: "We're not scared of building highrises"


Three years ago then-Supervisor Peskin bragged about the highrises he helped push through the process, like on Rincon Hill: "We're not scared of building highrises. Density is a good thing...But let's be smart about it." The problem he has with the proposed highrise at 555 Washington Street, next to the Transamerica Building, is that it's too close to his lowrise North Beach, which makes it not "smart."

And the Bay Guardian has officially dubbed the Transamerica highrise proposal an important issue for city progressives: "This is one of the major development battles of the year, and will demonstrate whether the Planning Commission and Recreation and Park Commission have the independence and integrity to reject a project the mayor and the Chamber of Commerce support."

But the Guardian was MIA when the Rincon Hill highrises were guided through the process by Peskin and Chris Daly, with the approval of Mirkarimi and other progressive supervisors. The Guardian then came in late and lame on Rincon Hill, arguing that five highrises on Rincon Hill was too many, that the city should only allow three!

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