February 19, 2008
JustQuotes: If Only It Were The Exception Rather Than The Rule
"A year ago, four empty lots along [Octavia Boulevard] were awarded to architects and developers who won a civic competition. Neighborhood leaders helped draw up the rules. They praised the winning designs.
But today the land's still empty, and there's no telling when that might change. Those fenced-off lots are in limbo - victims of a larger process in which everyone has his own utopian demands, and nobody's shy about gumming up the works if he doesn't get what he wants." (Larger agendas stall city's best-laid plans)
∙ RFPs For Housing Along Octavia Boulevard [SocketSite]
∙ Infill Along Octavia Boulevard: And The Winners Are… [SocketSite]
First Published: February 19, 2008 3:30 AM
Comments from "Plugged In" Readers
Posted by: badlydrawnbear at February 19, 2008 8:38 AM
Oh so San Francisco..
Posted by: Joe at February 19, 2008 8:56 AM
Next time anyone complains about lack of affordable housing, or anything for that matter, look to this for a reason. All of this time is money being spent that ultimately has to be passed on. This City is full of it.
Posted by: view lover at February 19, 2008 9:21 AM
Blight preservation wins again! Only in San Francisco.
Interestingly, there was an article in this weekend's New York Times about the Lower East Side in the dark days of the early 70's. The photos showed burned out buildings and empty lots everywhere. Of course since then they've all been rebuilt and filled in, but had SF-style planning (sic) prevailed the neighborhood would still be decaying and blighted, only worse.
Posted by: zzzzzz at February 19, 2008 10:02 AM
What is sad is that it seems the developers and other stakeholders (folks who actually live there) went through a formal process ... and now, because some folks are kicking up dirt, Supervisor Mirkarimi wants to have a re-do .... please God don't let him think he can be Mayor if he lacks gumption to tell constituents "you're too late ... the process has completed."
We need some Supervisors with spines, for one thing.
Posted by: jamie at February 19, 2008 11:09 AM
I am for the messiness of democracy and what it means for planning but there must be respect for the rules and a process
Posted by: Zig at February 19, 2008 12:01 PM
Mirkarimi has no respect for rules and process, especially when it comes to planning matters. He is infamous for inserting himself into Planning matters after the commission and BOS have already approved something simply because some of his constituents lost the battle or were too late to the process.
Posted by: anono at February 19, 2008 12:13 PM
Bureaucratic paralysis is nothing new. Check out the huge parking lots that extend from Hayes Green to Van Ness, created when the 1989 earthquake took down an earlier stretch of freeway. Next year will be the 20th anniversary of this lost opportunity.
Posted by: Hayes Valley Neighbor at February 19, 2008 1:07 PM
People should be lighting up Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi's phone line - he is the one responsible for re-opening this deal and slowing down the process. This happens FAR too often in SF - a developer goes down an excruciatingly detailed planning process, working everything out, making concessions to get approval, and then in the end some supervisor ignores it all and tries to get one more "bite". It's outrageous.
Posted by: Bob at February 19, 2008 1:16 PM