Monday, January 15, 2018

San Francisco is "building out capacity"

Hunters Point
From Curbed:

Few cities clamor for affordable housing more than San Francisco. This reimagined and reused naval site, dubbed the San Francisco Shipyard, began selling in early 2017, offering hundreds of relatively affordable condos (in the $500,000 to $600,00 range) in the city’s newest neighborhood, and will open more units later this year. Developers FivePoint Holdings also landed architect David Adjaye to design and oversee the second phase of the development, which will roll out over the next few years. 

Along with the in-process, $6 billion Treasure Island project, San Francisco is (very slowly) building out capacity.

Rob's comment:
Click on the shipyard link and you get the visionary photo above. Click on the Treasure Island link and you get nothing of interest, except how San Francisco is evicting existing residents to clear the ground for the dumb Treasure Island project. 

The Treasure Island project is the city's most irresponsible development project---even dumber than the Parkmerced project on 19th Avenue. Allowing 20,000 residents where there are now only 2,500 will create a traffic nightmare on an already gridlocked Bay Bridge and in downtown San Francisco.

What it will also create: an opportunity for City Hall and the SFCTA to finally implement their ultimate anti-car fantasy: congestion pricing in downtown San Francisco. 

That will be a two-fer: it will punish motorists who insist on driving those wicked motor vehicles instead of riding bicycles and, just as important, it will create a huge new source of income to support the growing city bureaucracy: 39,634 employees, 22 residents per employee as of 2016. The SFMTA alone had 6,345 employees as of 2016.

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At 3:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The treasure island project is more proof of their climate change and sea level rise. According to their fake sea level rise projections treasure island is going to eventually be under water. Yet they want to build a hotel and a couple of high rises bringing 3000-4000 additional people.

Part of the plan is to charge drivers $2.50-$4 to enter the island. Coming in on bus or bike will be free. Now where is the Bay Area region getting the money to pay for the automated fast track toll system on treasure island? The money will be coming from the proposed toll increase to $9. That additional money will also be used to create pay to use HOV lanes on the highways. Wanting us to pay for them fucking us. They want us to pay to charge us.

The arguement they will be using is traffic fixing the roads etc same arguement as the gas tax. Gas tax is actually going to the bullet train. The bridge toll will be used to install systems to charge us.

At 4:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Almost forgot... majority of evictions on treasure island 99% section 8 housing. So much for their "afordable housing" lies and bullshit.

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

Yes, the city doesn't want all those poor people cluttering up the area. The congestion pricing technology has been tested for years on the Golden Gate Bridge. Polls show that Congestion Pricing is unpopular in the city, but I bet the city will impose it on us anyhow, maybe to deal with the traffic congestion that it created in the first place.

At 1:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm just waiting for autonomous vehicles to upset the apple cart.

All public policies regarding cars assume that you need to park within walking distance of your destination. Once autonomous vehicles can park themselves, that fundamental assumption of vehicle policies becomes false.

New developments with 0.5 parking places per dwelling means that residents without parking spaces can have cars and instruct their cars to go park themselves - somewhere, anywhere. For that matter, why would anyone pay for parking at all? Cars can just drive themselves around until they find a place. Real-time satellite data on free parking availability is an app waiting to happen. No doubt this app will integrate with autonomous vehicle software.

Alternatively, you could drive to Starbucks then have your car circle the block while you pick up your coffee.

Residential parking stickers will be worthless - an app will instruct cars without stickers to move and re-park within the time limit.

You and I might call it gridlock. An autonomous vehicle without a human on board would call it free parking.

The obvious solution - banning autonomous vehicles without human occupants - will provoke outrage from politically powerful tech companies. Good luck with that. Supervisor Norman Yee couldn't get support for banning autonomous delivery vehicles from sidewalks.

At 2:46 PM, Blogger Rob Anderson said...

Okay, but parking is only one aspect of the issue. Whether it's autonomous vehicles or vehicles with drivers, it's about the traffic itself.

At 1:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey I can't wait for all these MTA employees to get into their 70s and 80s...if they are lucky (or unlucky), cause i want to see em ridin MUNI and having to stand cause people won't yield a seat to them. I wanna live long enough to see them thrown back and forth as the bus accelerate and then slams on their breaks.


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