Friday, August 07, 2009

Rob Anderson: All-purpose bogeyman

And the hits keep on coming. Bring it on! Yesterday C.W. Nevius calls me a "curmudgeon" in the Chronicle and today remedial reader Matthew Baume gives me the back of his hand on SFCurbed, the real estate blog, over the Geary BRT issue.

Baume apparently didn't notice that I wasn't the author of the article, which was written by Thomas K. Pendergast in the Richmond Review about a recent BRT meeting in that part of town. I reprinted it because I didn't see any account of the meeting in the mainstream media. I'm no longer committed to opposing the Geary BRT, but I am still skeptical. Like a lot of people, I'm waiting for the EIR on the Geary BRT before I make the call.

Some at the meeting were rightly concerned that the Geary BRT project was part of a city development plan to line the boulevard with highrises as per the Planning Department's false and destructive "transit corridors" theory that holds that we can build unlimited amounts of housing along major city streets.

According to Pendergast's account, the Geary BRT's project director denied that charge, but Baume links a bunch of pro-density articles that will only confirm neighborhood fears about the city's intentions. If Baume is any indication, the real estate/development community sees the Geary BRT project as a big opportunity.

The SF County Transportation Authority's Geary BRT website is here.

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At 11:46 AM, Blogger missiondweller said...

Rob can you explain your opposition to transit corridors. I certainly understand why residents along Geary wouldn't want high density development, but at the same time, would medium density development be so bad? Geary is a wide main artery street that could handle some increase in density without creating a Shadowed canyon feel.It would seem that those opposing any increase in density are displaying some NIMBYism and an unrealistic expectation of maintaining a "suburb" feel to a neighborhood within San Francisco.

At 12:14 PM, Blogger Rob Anderson said...

Click on the link underneath the paragraph on Transit Corridors and you'll get an op-ed by Michael Bernick, one of the original formulators of the idea, who points out why it doesn't fit SF neighborhoods.

At 10:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like the drivers in the Richmond who seem taken by surprise by the stop signs... signs which are at almost every intersection.


Could be worse, though. Drivers in the Sunset don't stop at all sometimes!


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