Gays in SF: Just another special interest group
|Photo: Rick Gerharter|
For all the talk about rainbow coalitions, gays in San Francisco are becoming just another special interest group, like the Bicycle Coalition or the Chamber of Commerce. Witness the push by the LBGT community to collaborate with a predatory UC to turn the old Extension site on lower Haight Street into a massive housing development---450 housing units on less than six acres. What's in it for them? More than 100 housing units for elderly gays.
Never mind that UC lied about why it stopped providing night classes for working people on the site.
Never mind that the property the city is allowing UC to privatize to fatten its bottom line has been reserved for "public use" for more than 150 years. UC has had the property tax-free from the city for more than 50 years only because of its education "mission." Instead of allowing UC to use the property for its own gain, the city should have gone to court to take the property back for the people of San Francisco as soon as UC abandoned its education "mission" way back in 2004.
Never mind that it's a dumb idea to add more than a thousand new residents to an area that's already gridlocked most of the day with all the freeway traffic on Octavia Blvd. only a block away from the site.
City progressives, led by Supervisor Mirkarimi, have been instrumental in allowing the sell-out on a project that's going to trash a national and a state landmark.
Elizabeth Hemenway tells us how UC hastily decided to turn the property into a housing development.
Labels: UC Extension