Monthly Archives: August 2012

SOMCAN decries micro-unit legislation as an assault on “our right to live in this city with dignity and respect”

The term “SRO” freaks people out. They associate it with rundown hotels in the Tenderloin and the tawdry housing found along the Sixth Street corridor. A few years ago, when developers were trying to build projects that at the time were called “market-rate SRO housing,” they were fighting an uphill battle against public perceptions. They’ve found a new champion in Supervisor Scott Wiener and he has come up with new terminology that makes these tiny studio apartments seem less threatening.  Continue reading

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A chance to finally get some answers about the Central Corridor Plan

This week, the Western SoMa Task Force will hear the latest on the Archstone development, which includes 420 units of housing at 8th and Harrison Streets, and hopefully we’ll get some answers from Planning Department staff about what they’re up to (and why) in the area they call the Central Corridor. The meeting is on Wednesday, August 22, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. in Room 421, City Hall.

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Is the preferred alternative for Folsom Street revamp ready for prime time?

The SFMTA will propose a three lane configuration for a two-way Folsom Street to be considered in the upcoming environmental review. Click on the image above to see a high resolution PDF of the entire schematic.

If anything good can be said about the Central Corridor Plan, it might be that it gives us an opportunity to attach the final draft of the Folsom Street realignment into an environmental review study. Once the EIR is adopted, funding and implementation of the future Folsom Street Neighborhood Commercial District can begin.

Erin Miller, project manager for the Eastern Neighborhoods Transportation Implementation Planning Study (ENTRIPS), and other SFMTA staff will discuss the preferred and alternative proposals they have developed at next week’s meeting of the SoMa Leadership Council at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 15. These monthly meetings are held in the community room of the Folsom/Dore Apartments at 1346 Folsom Street.  Continue reading

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America’s Cup 34 World Series Transit Guide

from Rincon Hill SF, a san francisco neighborhood blog:

The SFMTA and other Bay Area transit agencies have been busily working out the plans for getting people to Marina Green and other viewing locations for the August 21 – August 26 and October 2 – October 7 America’s Cup 34 World Series Races. Residents along the waterfront will have the opportunity to ride the long-talked about E-Embarcadero line from 4th and King Street (Caltrain) all the way up to Pier 39 along The Embarcadero on the weekend of August 25th and 26th. Continue reading →

 

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Hyde apologizes to Planning Commission for misleading testimony

Entertainment Commissioner Glendon “Anna Conda” Hyde

During Public Comment before the Planning Commission recently, Entertainment Commissioner Glendon “Anna Conda” Hyde inappropriately introduced himself as having the authority to speak on behalf of the Entertainment Commission and presented a series of personal opinions as being the official position of the Commission.

Hyde was speaking on the adequacy of the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the Western SoMa Community Plan at a special hearing on Thursday, July 26, 2012.  Continue reading

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