Monthly Archives: November 2011

Speculation abounds in the Transbay “neighborhood”

The $400 million Transbay Transit Center

The developer of one of the five “modest sized” towers planned for the area surrounding the new Transbay Transit Center is holding a community meeting on Wednesday night, November 30 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the Courtyard Marriott, 299 Second St. (at Folsom Street). 41 Tehama Street is expected to rise 32 stories, scaled back from the original proposal to build 54 floors, on the block bounded by 1st and 2nd Streets between Mission and Howard Streets.

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SFMOMA expansion plans challenged again

The W Hotel shot off a letter to the Department of Public Works opposing the closing of a little SoMa alley as the expansion of the Museum of Modern Art prepares to argue its case before the Land Use Committee of the Board of Supervisors. Recent objections to the relocation of a fire station failed to deter the Planning Commission from supporting the project. The San Francisco Examiner traces the bumpy road traveled by the Yerba Buena Gardens institution in an article titled  “W Hotel gives MOMA expansion a bad review.”

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SoMa has much to gain in MUNI’s transit overhaul plan

Some dramatic changes are in store for MUNI if and when the Transit Effectiveness Project (TEP) ever sees the light of day. With the announcement that preparation of an Environmental Impact Report is about  to begin, that possibility becomes more real. The TEP has not been without controversy since the initial recommendations were released in 2008. MUNI had not taken a comprehensive look at the effectiveness of existing routes since the late 1970s. Beginning in 2006, the city collected comprehensive data on when and where transit is used in San Francisco and where the expected growth will be.  Continue reading

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No SoMa Leadership Council meeting this month

Thanksgiving is coming and everybody has a ton of things to do in preparation for the holidays so there will not be a meeting this month. In the meantime, send in your suggestions for future agenda items. Continue reading

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District 6 redistricting meeting set

The first District 6 community meeting to discuss next year’s redistricting process will be held on Saturday, November 19 at 10:00 a.m. at the Tenderloin Community School, 627 Turk Street.

Because the 2010 Census found that population growth was uneven across the city’s Board of Supervisor districts, the boundaries must be redrawn based upon the City Charter. The majority of population growth has occurred in the southeastern portion of the city, leaving little room for District 6 to adjust boundaries in that direction. Treasure Island, Hayes Valley, South Beach and the Tenderloin are more likely to fall into the crosshairs of the bureaucrats. Continue reading

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