Plan Bay Area to blame for ruinous development in San Francisco

“New apartments coming to Design District as part of mixed-use trend,” The City, Feb. 21

Plan Bay Area to blame for ruinous development in San Francisco

Disappointingly, the San Francisco Examiner has published yet another article praising the construction of more of these monstrous apartment complexes and the purported benefits of high-density living. However, there is no reporting about the actual reason for all this ruinous development.

According to my investigative research, most of the high-density construction, like the building at Showplace Square, is actually part of something called the “Plan Bay Area” redevelopment program. This program closely follows a general worldwide model for urban development, as described in United Nations “Agenda 21,” which proposes the construction of hundreds of high-density “megacities” like Manhattan, Tokyo and Hong Kong throughout the entire U.S.

The agenda also suggests penalties to discourage people from living in single family homes, banning the use of private automobiles and favoring the construction of high-density transit-oriented development and bike lanes.

However, “high-density transit-oriented development” is just a polite term for cramming people into more crowded living conditions and the loss of freedom to travel. Accordingly, many lawsuits have been filed to block implementation of all the proposals contained in Plan Bay Area.

A large part of the capital for Plan Bay Area development actually comes from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission and other government agencies rather than from private sources. The MTC receives a share of the revenue collected by the state in the form of bridge tolls, gas taxes and other auto related fees and doles it out to politically connected real estate interests.

Now you should have a good idea of what’s really behind the construction of monstrous apartment complexes like Showplace Square: Government handouts to build them, and even more government handouts for people to live in them.

Galen L. Dutch

San Francsico

“Crews clear out tent city on Division Street,” The City, March 2

Mental illness can’t be swept away

The controversy over the homeless encampments on Division Street has clouded city government’s inexcusable neglect of homeless people who have serious mental disabilities. In the 2015 San Francisco Homeless Count and Survey, it was reported that 35 percent of the homeless population has psychiatric or emotional disorders.

Unlike many homeless people, persons with severe mental illness cannot survive on the streets and need immediate assistance. As I walk in the SoMa/Downtown/Tenderloin areas, I can see this assistance is significantly lacking, because I often see the same mentally disturbed persons on the streets.

City officials like to throw up their hands and say the homeless problem is too big for local government to solve. But The City can, and should, have a plan that solves the homeless problems of those with severe mental illness. In medical parlance, this is called triage.

John M. Kelly

San Francisco


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