The darker side of the Peninsula housing boom 

I read with great interest your Sunday story about how overseas Chinese buyers are flocking to the Peninsula to buy homes, because I am a senior who is being displaced from her apartment in Burlingame due to of the investment boom. I also have concerns about granting visas to the people with the biggest wads of cash.

It’s quite a desperate situation for the elderly disabled seniors here who literally have no place else to live. The affordable housing on the Peninsula has two- to five-year waiting lists. People I know here are depressed and upset.

They had hoped to live out their days here. I believe the stress quite literally could kill them.

So before we all get seduced by the latest financial boon to the real estate market here — let’s realize that it has its dark side as well.

Cynthia Cornell, Burlingame

Central Subway a drain

As a longtime San Francisco resident, I see public transportation getting worse because of service cuts, an aging fleet and obsolete technology. Meanwhile, the proposed Central Subway wastes scarce taxpayer money by draining funds from citywide Muni improvements.

Subway construction will tear up parts of Stockton Street, creating health hazards, slowing traffic, hurting businesses and forcing relocations.

A better solution would be for Muni to add additional buses on Stockton Street between Broadway and the Caltrain station. Chinatown riders are having difficulties during commutes in the morning and evening.

I ride Muni daily, and adding more buses would definitely save tons of money, instead of building a subway. Isn’t there still time to stop the subway and fix the Stockton Street corridor with better surface transportation?

Ben Lin, San Francisco

Daly City does it right

I am a San Franciscan who agrees completely with the letter writer who compared a well-run Daly City government against an incompetent San Francisco government. I had to run errands in Daly City recently and I noticed all the streets in the entire neighborhood were repaved. I can’t remember anything like that in San Francisco.

The Daly City Department of Public Works has a smaller budget and less personnel, but the San Francisco Department of Public Works can’t fix potholes without another bond measure, Proposition B.

More revenue is not a guarantee of better streets. Improved management would be the solution to the poor street conditions in San Francisco.

Chris Stahr, San Francisco

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