Today’s Headlines

  • BART to Replace Decoy Cameras with Real Ones (InsideBayArea)
  • More Super Bowl Transit Advice (SFGate)
  • More on Bike Yield Veto (KQED)
  • Weather Plus Excessive Speed Linked to Bay Area Crashes (MercNews)
  • Man Struck by Car in the Haight (SFExaminer)
  • Menlo Park Bike Commission Tries to Lower Speed Limits but Cops Push Back (MercNews)
  • More on Red Light Fine Reduction Bill (SFGate)
  • Mill Valley Driver who Injured Cyclist Pleads Guilty to Reckless Driving (MarinIJ)
  • Westside Neighborhoods to get Higher Buildings and More Density? (SFWeekly)
  • Tiburon Ferry Service Suspended for Repairs (SFBay)
  • More Planning for Larkspur Extension of Sonoma Marin Train Project (MarinIJ)

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  • mx

    “Westside Neighborhoods to get Higher Buildings and More Density?”

    So as usual, the question is where the infrastructure comes from. We can’t plump 100,000+ more people down in the Sunset and magically expect overcrowded Muni to carry the additional people, the pipes to handle the additional water and sewage, the fire department and ambulances to handle the additional calls, etc… We keep talking about how high we’ll jump to make developers happy, but nobody bothers to discuss investing in the infrastructure we need to handle the greater density.

  • …or whether it is known what infrastructure improvements are needed.

  • Flatlander

    No one cares about making developers happy.

    This is such a weird, distorted perspective that I don’t understand where it comes from. Let me repeat: No one cares about making developers happy. We care about building enough housing to accommodate sustainable growth. Sometimes that aligns with the financial interests of developers, sometimes it doesn’t.

  • murphstahoe

    Geary is six lanes. It could carry plenty of people if we utilized the ROW properly

  • SFnative74

    True, that is an important consideration – not only in the Sunset but all the neighborhoods getting more residents. I grew up in the Sunset and it’s clear that there are many more people living there than 20-30 years ago. I don’t think the plan is to land 100,000 people in this one neighborhood though…it will be spread over many hoods. And this isn’t really about developers but about ensuring there is some hope of a middle class person being able to live in this city. The demand to move and live here is high…unless we do something to add to the supply of housing, the median home price of $1M+ will only get much worse.

  • SFnative74

    You mean it’s not being used efficiently today??

  • jonobate

    The vast majority of higher buildings proposed under the Affordable Housing Bonus Program are not in the Sunset (see the map here.)

    The ones that are in the Sunset are almost entirely along the N and L lines, with a few along the 7. These are already established transit lines and it should be fairly easy for Muni to increase service in response to higher usage.

    Everything else you mention (water and sewage, fire and ambulance) can also be increased in response to increased population. It’s not like we’re not settling Mars here.