The concrete is to enable owners or tenants to park more cars on the property. Utilizing the space for planting will force more people to park on the street which has limited spaces available already. Oh, that's it, more revenue for the city.
All I see there are the "look at me" crowd all sitting at outdoor cafes with identical Golden Retrievers at their feet. Just a red light induced traffic jam between Palo Alto and Redwood City that one has to endure.
The Bay Area stores should be packed, and online sales tremendous, as the stock market reaches new highs almost daily and property values are through the roof. A lot of people are feeling wealthy out there and will spend.
They don't want the middle class in San Francisco. Only the rich and the poor. The poor are dependent on government for nearly everything so they will vote for those that promise them the moon. Meanwhile, the rich benefit from rent control.
More of the same. Empty promises in return for bags of money.
"Tell me about it. While I don’t need anyone’s sympathy—reserve it for the long-time San Franciscans who are losing their homes and the low-income families unable to find a stable place to live—I happen to be among the displaced"
The Bay Area’s Real-Estate Bubble, from Both Sides
This is part and parcel of Mayor Lee's legacy building scheme to transform San Francisco into the most expensive city in the world. SF just recently toppled NYC as the most expensive city to reside in the United States. Today, the country, tomorrow the world!
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