➤ “SPORC and BARF: Together again for the first time,” The City, March 8
Building our way out of a housing crisis
Sporadic vomiting might be what the comedian Nato Green would have said on the stage, however in The San Francisco Examiner he was referring to the Small Property Owners for Reasonable Control and the SF Bay Area Renters Association, who believes that if enough housing for the wealthy is built then things will improve for everyone else.
This form of trickle-down housing has merit, for if the housing stock in The City is not increased then there will be less housing available for everyone. Everyone wants to live in high-quality homes and neighborhoods, even when they do not have the earning power to afford such luxury. Children of families who have inherited their parents homes in San Francisco find that they cannot afford to remain here and leave for the suburbs. With a city of only 47 square miles, in a desirable location, the land costs are very high.
Perhaps the building of luxury homes for the rich has merit, for these homes built with servants quarters would provide housing for these less fortunate folks. This is the way other countries do it.
➤ “Mixed-use project back on track,” The City, March 5
Current public transit can’t support growth Your article would be more appropriately named “Back OFF track!” The development near Ocean Beach ignores the more readily apparent concerns on transit and connectivity to the downtown. Without an improved L-Taraval line the inhabitants will be like those units on 800 Brotherhood Way stuck with a car and a 19th Avenue traffic problem exacerbated on Sloat Boulevard, Great Highway and Sunset Boulevard due to 19th Avenue overflow.
San Francisco Housing Action Coalition’s Tim Colen would build housing in the trees on Sunset Boulevard or over the zoo if he could get it approved. Unfortunately, infrastructure-wise, Colen does not see the real need to improve Muni prior to added density.
By extending and linking the L-Taraval back up Sloat, you would have a loop in the system and could run trains outwards on Sunset or past the lake shore or west lake side along Sunset to Daly City. A stop on Sloat at the Stern Grove site and possibly turning down 20th Avenue to Stonestown’s future possible growth could alleviate 19th Avenue construction impacts and improve the existing dead-end systems.
The area is also a tsunami zone where erosion and rising sea water issues compound the concerns for where The City is building up.
A more “excellent use of the land” would be to plant a green end park due to the Beach Chalet soccer fields’ destruction of natural bird areas along the coast, and as an end to the Taraval train for people heading to the zoo or beach and improve the transit connectivity back around to the west portal tunnel so residents can get somewhere. Maybe do a land exchange for a parcel at Stonestown since general growth properties does not seem to be planning anything.
Tell Tim Colen he needs to think about the future of San Francisco, not just the current build build build mentality of SPUR and SFHAC.