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  • mx

    Why is anyone, let alone the New York Times, taking SF BARF seriously? They’re a tiny fringe group funded by a millionaire libertarian and a bunch of real estate developers who are mad building permits are a thing.

    I’m not trying to be a NIMBY by any means, but “build baby build” is not an intelligent answer. How much building and where and what impact do you project that has on housing prices? How much does the same induced demand problem we all talk about whenever someone proposes expanding a highway happen when we build new housing? Do we live in San Francisco and not Manhattan for a reason and don’t want the former to turn into the latter? What about infrastructure? We could upzone the Richmond like crazy tomorrow, and you won’t be able to run enough 38’s down Geary, let alone deal with all the Ubers and Lyfts. Water, sewer, schools, fire, ambulances–all this stuff doesn’t magically happen.

    Ultimately, we need to decide what we want our city to look like and plan accordingly. Property developers shouldn’t be leading that conversation.

    And suing Lafayette with a complaint you wrote yourself as a non-lawyer (apparently she’s hired one now) to argue that you can force another city to build a denser housing development is crazytown.

  • Ultimately, we need to decide what we want our city to look like and plan accordingly.

    So we should continue the status quo and assume it will result in a different outcome? Mmm hmmm. Sounds legit.

  • gneiss

    Umm, she hired a lawyer to sue Lafayette over the fact that they changed the zoning on a piece of property due to NIMBY concerns after the developer submitted their plans for the property. The original development complied with how the property was zoned originally. This is in violation of the Housing Accountability Act.

    Ironically, the same group that opposed the original development and got concessions from the city and developer is still opposing the development as being “too dense”. http://abc7news.com/realestate/lafayette-faces-two-lawsuits-over-proposed-development/1266866/

  • Loved the article on rethinking Haight Street. If the Haight could be visionary enough to do this as a trial program (just two months!) and it turned out not to be the-end-of-civilization-as-we-know-it, other neighborhoods might be brave enough to follow suit, and San Francisco could be transformed into a truly wonderful, healthy, energy-efficient, resilient, livable city filled with vibrant, community-oriented neighborhods. (Yes, our current car-based way of life, even in San Francisco, actively prevents all this.)

  • Jimbo

    induced demand is a joke. there is already so much pent up demand. if you don’t build more, the prices will continue to skyrocket.

    But the city does need to build infrastructure to support. I would like to see the Van Ness and Geary BRT plans killed and subways be planned in their place. traffic and movement is going to be much better if we go underground

  • murphstahoe

    Do we live in San Francisco and not Manhattan for a reason and don’t want the former to turn into the latter?

    Yes – but that’s because we have better Sushi and I don’t think more housing is going to screw that up.

  • mx

    I’d say Mexican food (there are places in NYC that actually advertise a “San Franciscio-style burrito.” Those places lie), but well said.

  • murphstahoe

    better. I was thinking of saying “Pizza” just to start a war

  • qaunitple

    San Francisco population density: 17,000 sq mi
    Manhattan population density: 72,000 sq mi

    For San Francisco to become Manhattan it would first have to become Queens, then the Bronx, followed by Brooklyn, then finally our evil plan to transform San Francisco into Manhattan can come to fruition.

    Tl;dr: You have no idea what you’re talking about.

  • murphstahoe

    you give him too little credit. He knows exactly what crap he’s throwing at the wall to see what sticks

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