Limit shuttle bus routes
Tech buses run up and down the very narrow 26th Street from Castro Street to Noe Street — the same route used by the 24-Divisadero line. The tech buses, being larger and wider, make passing the Muni buses exceedingly difficult.
This street is also used by the fire station two blocks away — it’s an accident waiting to happen.
There is no reason the tech buses can’t use any of the other streets before 26th Street to get to Noe Street.
➤ “Homeless spending may not suffice,” The City, Tuesday
Does San Francisco have an intractable homelessness problem? Or do the state of California and even the U.S. as a whole have homelessness problems they would prefer that San Francisco solve for them?
The inaccuracy of describing a broad spectrum of complex personal, medical and psychological problems as “homelessness” notwithstanding, what examples exist of other communities spending more per homeless individual? Which communities achieve better or more cost-effective results in addressing their homelessness problems?
And more to the point, which communities “solve” their own homelessness problems by cost-effectively sweeping them into the next community? Has not San Francisco for many years been seen as one of the best possible places in the U.S. to live on the street?
If yes, will more programs, funding, services, and charity encourage or discourage the rest of the state and nation to ramp up their own homelessness programs?
Riley B VanDyke
➤ “City can boost housing without new construction,” Editorial, Opinion, Tuesday
One-family homes needed
It’s my understanding that Board of Supervisors President David Chiu’s legislation does not make a distinction between illegal units in areas that are zoned for multiunit housing already and those zoned for single-family homes.
It would in effect rezone those neighborhoods (most of them are west of Twin Peaks) thus making the single family home a thing of the past. And The City wonders why families end up leaving San Francisco?
Go to the websites for St. Francis Wood, Balboa Terrace, Westwood Highlands, Sunnyside and read a little of the history of the development of these neighborhoods. It was all about families and allowing children to play and enjoy the fresh air a short commute from downtown.
Someone needs to show us what they think The City should look like before they rezone it. Because again, this is a major rezoning of San Francisco and should be reported as such.