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Transit Center District Plan Public Workshop this Wednesday Evening

Please try to make time for the Transit Center District Plan public workshop this Wednesday if you’d like to chime in with your opinion(s) on what you’d like to see developed in the northwestern half of the Rincon Hill neighborhood.

Personally, I have three things I plan to say during Public Comment. They are…

1) Please bring on the 1200 foot high Transbay tower as proposed by Pelli Clarke Pelli … and more height on a sort of mound surrounding that building at 1st and Mission. San Francisco has an opportunity to walk the talk about caring for our environment and adding to the housing supply by developing the Rincon Hill neighborhood into the most densely populated residential neighborhood in the City with a public transit, pedestrian-friendly, and bicycle-friendly core. Additional office space reachable by BART, Caltrain, and other Bay Area public transit providers also helps the City and employers to walk the talk by decreasing the reliance on personal automobiles for daily work commutes. Be mindful of wind tunnel effects and allow sunshine to shine through, but those things aren’t insurmountable. Let’s do it and stop being so petulant about high-rises in the City if we truly want to try to help the environment and to add to the housing supply in San Francisco.

2) Stop putzing around with Better Streets Plans and start modifying the pedestrian streetscapes in the Rincon Hill neighborhood to make walking around our community a safer, more enjoyable experience today. We shouldn’t have to wait until 2015 to make pedestrian safety a priority in the Rincon Hill neighborhood. We need traffic calming measures implemented on the long blocks surrounding the Bay Bridge today. When they build the Temporary Transbay Terminal, we need to have some of the traffic lights altered to allow for Pedestrian-exclusive street crossing time segments where no vehicles are allowed to enter the intersection while pedestrians are crossing the intersection diagonally or otherwise.

3) Building developers tend to build in some sort of Privately Owned Public Open Space (POPOSes) area(s) into their developments downtown because the planning code allows them to add more square footage of office space to lease out in return for the public open space. However, our planning code currently just asks for the open spaces to be publicly available between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Now that a higher number of residents and not just workers are populating the Rincon Hill neighborhood, these POPOS rules need to be updated with requirements that reflect the need for these spaces (especially indoor ones) to be freely available to the residents of the area for non-commercial uses until 10 p.m. Monday through Friday so that the thousands of us living here have community meeting spaces that are accessible to meet one another and to work together to improve things. If the POPOSes continue to cost $1,000’s of dollars per usage after 6 p.m. through the week, there is zero benefit to the majority of Rincon Hill residents who do not get home from work until at least 6 p.m. and whose community groups do not have $1,000’s of dollars to spend for a meeting spot.

If you like the above ideas, please come to say so. If you have your own ideas, please come to share those. See you there!

Transit Center District Plan

Wednesday April 30, 2008
6:30-8:30pm
Golden Gate University
Room 2201
536 Mission Street (between 1st and 2nd Streets)

In late 2007 the Planning Department began a planning effort for the southern portion of downtown San Francisco in the vicinity of the Transbay Transit Center. The Plan is considering increasing development capacity around the improved regional transit facility to support transit usage and
to raise revenue for the transit project, modifying the downtown skyline, and proposing public realm improvements to support this high-activity area.

After some study and analysis, the Department now has information and initial ideas regarding land use, urban form, historic preservation, streets and open spaces. We would like to share these with the public and gather feedback.

We hope to see you on April 30th.

For more information or questions on this planning effort, please visit us on-line, or contact Joshua Switzky by email at joshua.switzky@sfgov.org or by phone at 415.575.6815.

http://transitcenter.sfplanning.org

Golden Gate University is accessible to persons using wheelchairs and others with disabilities. People needing assistive listening devices, materials in alternative formats, American Sign Language interpreters and other accommodations should contact us at least 72 hours in advance.

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