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Take the Central SoMa Public Benefits Survey today!

Happy 2016 friends!

Until January 31st, the Planning Department is offering a chance for the public to provide feedback on how approximately $2 billion (if projections come true) should be allocated for public benefits in the Central SoMa upzoning area in South of Market near the new Central Subway line (between Townsend and Market Street, about 2nd Street over to 6th Street is the geographic area affected).

I would like to advertise that our Supervisorial District has the least amount of parks and open space in the City at 0.17 acres per 1,000 residents as of the 2010 Census (I’d say we’ve added several thousand residents since then) – though District 3 is a close 2nd in lacking open space at 0.43 acres per 1,000 residents as of the 2010 Census.

I would also like to advertise that our former industrial neighborhoods have extremely dangerous streets for pedestrians and bicyclists because the streets were not designed for walkers or bicycling – and that’s a very expensive infrastructure item to fix.

I know there are non-profits with their hands out and other nice sounding things, but let me express my extreme bias against spending one-time dollars on anything except building new public infrastructure.

That said, here’s the email from the Planning Department with a less biased sell on why you should fill out the survey:

Community members –

Thank you to those of you who attended last week’s open house and/or Planning Commission hearing. All of the materials are now available on the Central SoMa webpage ( http://www.sf-planning.org/index.aspx?page=3573#120915 ) , including the “menu” of public benefits, the presentations, and the informational boards from the hearing.

For those of you who did not attend the open house, we have created an online survey intended to elicit the same information we received there: how should the City spend the $2 billion in public benefits that could potentially be generated by the Central SoMa Plan.

The survey is available at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CentralSoMaMenu

Please feel free to take the survey and to disseminate it widely – we would like to hear from as many of you as possible. The survey will close on January 31, 2016, after which we will post a summary of the results.

Thanks and Happy Holidays,

Steve Wertheim, Project Manager, Central SoMa Plan
(415) 558-6612

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