Friday, May 24, 2019

The "transformation" of Divisadero

400 Divisadero: Eyesore of the Week

In yesterday's SF Chronicle:

The recent transformation of Divisadero Street has brought new restaurants and nightlife venues to the corridor. Bi-Rite ice cream cones, Boba Guys milk tea, Brenda‚Äôs award-winning shrimp and grits, and pinball games at Emporium SF have landed over the past few years. What the transformation hasn't brought is more housing.

Gentrification has also brought a lot of empty storefronts on Divisadero. Last time I looked, there were 13 empty storefronts on Diviz between Haight Street and McAllister Street, and this during a supposedly booming economy! Hate to think of what will happen in the next recession. (On Polk Street, I counted 32 empty storefronts between Union Street and Geary Blvd.)

Speaking of gentrification on Diviz, unmentioned in the story is Che Fico, where dinner for two is $150 without drinks or a tip (How cool is gentrification?):

On Thursday, developer David Kriozere of Genesis Realty Advisors hopes to change that with the approval of the biggest development the neighborhood has ever seen. Kriozere wants to replace a car wash and gas station on the corner of Oak and Divisadero streets with 186 units...

Also unmentioned: the building will provide only 57 parking spaces for residents, since the trendy doctrine favored by City Hall---and developers---is that all those people can take Muni or, even less plausibly, ride bicycles:

The project has dragged on for four years, in part because of a rezoning of Divisadero and Fillmore streets that allowed for increased density, but this is the first big project to come out of that effort. Supervisor Vallie Brown later increased the amount of affordable housing required by the plan.

The project is way too big for the neighborhood, much like the grotesque UC housing development on the former UC Extension property on lower Haight Street.

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At 1:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"...grotesque UC housing development on the former UC Extension property on lower Haight Street."

Grotesque is a relative term. Check out 1500 Mission Street, our new west soma neighbor, a mere 50 feet from two floor residential apartments and a whole low rise neighborhood with an average height of 50'. I will take the UC Housing and give you 1500 Mission.

At 12:10 PM, Blogger Rob Anderson said...

Why not reject both projects?


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