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Transit Center District Plan Presentation and Second Showing on October 9th

As someone working in the investment advisory world, I’ve been pretty tied up with work these past two weeks. However, I couldn’t resist the urge to pop into Golden Gate University on Wednesday to say hello to Joshua Switzky and listen to about 30 minutes of his presentation before I left to attend the fabulous Ngoma Dance Benefit for the Mama Ngina Orphanage in Nairobi, Kenya that was held at Rincon Hill’s Terra event space on Wednesday evening.

I’ve quickly gone through an online copy of Josh’s presentation, and I’m thrilled with most of it. The only thing that sticks out to me right now is whether or not the hours of operation of privately owned public open spaces (like those indoor spots at 55 Second Street and 101 Second Street) will be extended to stay open to the public beyond the current 5 p.m. closing time. The current rule applicable to existing spaces that requires they be available to the public between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday no longer suits the Rincon Hill neighborhood where many residents cannot utilize the spaces until after getting home from work in the evenings. I believe any indoor open spaces should be available for public use until 9 p.m. so that community groups made up of local residents can receive the benefits of these spaces that are typically created in exchange for the rights of the developers to add more floor space to their office buildings. Right now, a community group would need $1,000 to rent the space after 5 p.m. for a community meeting – anybody have $1,000 lying around for a civic or hobbyist group’s single meeting? That was sarcasm.

The online presentation is very informative, but I hope to make time to attend the second presentation of this information at the Transbay CAC meeting on Thursday, October 9th at 5:30 p.m. on the 2nd floor of the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts building on the corner of 3rd and Mission streets.

This is our window of opportunity to provide input and feedback on the Transit Center District Plan – break out of your “spectator” mode and GET INVOLVED!

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