Category Archives: quality of life

High-rise towers threaten Rincon Park

rincon high-rises

by DAVE OSGOOD

Environmental groups and neighborhood advocates gathered recently at Rincon Park on San Francisco’s waterfront to announce a new campaign to protect the well-used waterfront park from being darkened by shadows from proposed new high-rise luxury towers.  Later this summer, developers are expected to ask city officials to approve two tall new luxury high-rise condo towers:  one rising to 240 feet at 75 Howard facing the Embarcadero and another rising to 400 feet at 160 Folsom, a block from the waterfront.  As proposed, the two towers would be far taller than the 8 Washington “wall on the waterfront” luxury condos that voters overwhelmingly rejected.  Continue reading

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Game of Drones

Overheard on the
SOUTH BEACH | RINCON | MISSION BAY  YAHOO LIST

Hi all, we’ve been hearing increasing reports of “drones behaving badly” in Mission Bay, such as flying near residential towers and crashing into them, buzzing the channel and “terrorizing the birds,” etc., and there has now been at least one news report of drone-facilitated graffiti on a billboard. I’m just curious to know how pervasive the problem is currently in our region. If you have witnessed a drone creating problems in a way that you feel breaks the law or otherwise defies common decency, please let me know. No need to e-mail the whole list; I don’t want to add to people’s e-mail burdens. I can send out a quick note about what I learn afterwards.

And if they are towing tiny little advertising banners, I’ll be REALLY interested!

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Why one-way streets are bad for everyone but speeding cars

An EIR is currently underway to study whether Folsom Street should be converted to two-way traffic.

An EIR is currently underway to study whether Folsom Street should be converted to two-way traffic.

by EMILY BADGER
The Washington Post

“Traffic tends to move faster on a wide one-way road than on a comparable two-way city street, and slower traffic means fewer accidents. The rest of these results are theoretically connected to each other in complex ways. To the extent that vice flourishes on neglected high-speed, one-way, getaway roads, two-way streets may be less conducive to certain crimes. If they bring slower traffic and, as a result, more cyclists and pedestrians, that also creates more “eyes on the street” — which, again, deters crime. A decline in crime and calmer traffic in turn may raise property values — which may also increase the demand of residents to police and care for their neighborhood.” To read the complete article, visit The Washington Post blogs

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San Francisco Ranks 2nd For Worst Traffic In The U.S.

Boeing 777 Crashes At San Francisco Airport

Build baby build more offices with no regional transit improvements, and voila!

from JAMIE WHITAKER

San Francisco has the second worst traffic in the country, just behind Los Angeles, according to a website that measures congestion levels in urban cities. To read the complete article, go to CBS San Francisco →

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The Priesthood

SOMA dies

Photo by Allan Berube, from the collection of Gayle Rubin

by JIM MEKO

In his role as chair of Budget and Finance, former Supervisor Chris Daly was rather blunt when the Planning Department came before his committee looking for money: you’re not gonna see one dime of this funding until you listen to the community and start cooperating with them.

Harsh? They deserved it.  Continue reading

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San Francisco SoMa Residents Frustrated Over Construction Noise

from JAMIE WHITAKER
Candidate for District 6 Supervisor

The City’s leaders are prioritizing the profits of developers yet again (big surprise since they’re major political money contributors, right?). Please watch this news clip about the excessive numbers of nighttime construction noise permits that San Francisco’s Dept. of Building Inspections keeps approving with no regard for the impacts of sleep deprivation on all of our safety (sleepy drivers make for more accidents on the roads) and particularly the health, safety, and well-being of directly affected neighbors: Video | NBC Bay Area

There is an agenda item on this topic on Monday at San Francisco City Hall, Room 263 starting at 1:30pm – see Item 5: Hearing – Night Noise Permits in Residential Areas.

While most of us will be earning our mortgage payment at jobs and unable to attend, if this issue affects you in a major way, you’d better take time off to go testify and make public comment to ask the City to stop harassing and harming your health with the excessive issuance of nighttime noisy construction permits.

Will you sign this petition? Click here. Stop DBI’s Approvals of Harrasment with Excessive Night Construction Noise Permitting.

 

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What good are these Muni improvements doing anyway?

DNA notice

[UPDATE: The engineers have decided to”integrate” the public parklet into the transit bulbout rather than demolish it].

“Public parklets” are a poor excuse for open space but they’re better than nothing. So, when a city agency signals that they’re about to remove one, it’s cause for concern.  Continue reading

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