Developments in development: “Cycle paths to Bernal”, move into affordable housing in Mission and green spaces
If there was a history book on the Mission District, those years could be considered “the golden age of affordable housing”. There has recently been a rapid launch of affordable units like La Fénix, Avanza 490, and 2060 Folsom (to name a few), all of which are now inaugurating dozens of San Franciscan families.
Dairo Romero said his organization, Mission Economic Development Agency, has so far helped around 54 families move into these new homes since October 2020. Navigating the DAHLIA process can be tricky, he told me – for example, a missing document can put the whole thing at risk. offer. But the pandemic year created a unique harmony between organizations in the city that made a lot of quarrels between agencies, he said. This means that much more progress has been made at a time that coincides with a deluge of development.
“This crisis has taught us that we are able to overcome it,” Romero said. “I think we’ve accomplished more.”
Spin the wheels
For Rick Girling, a resident of Bernal Heights and longtime cyclist, adding bike safety is an issue that literally touches the home. Her son, who cycled to work at a nearby bicycle shop, had a “serious accident” on Cortland Avenue last year. Now, after noticing more kids on the hill, Girling is signaling the need for a change.
“I just decided I wanted to do something about it,” Girling told me. “I can see that some children are going to be killed.”
Girling has started an online petition asking the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Authority to add three bike lanes in her neighborhood: one from Bayshore along Cortland Avenue to Good Life Grocery; one from Mission Street to Cortland Avenue to the New Wheel Electric Bikes store; and one from Cesar Chavez Street to the top of the hill.
Girling argued that the slope of the hill can hamper the ability of bikers to move in a straight line, which amplifies the risk of collisions as cars pass by and buses take up space on the narrow street. “Without cycle paths to Bernal, accidents wait to happen,” he wrote on the petition.
So far, the “Cycle paths to Bernal” petition has 30 out of its goal of 100 signatures. He is aware that people will oppose it; even his own son (no, not the one who was hit, the one who loves cars) complains about the potential loss of parking spaces. But Girling, who was on her bike when she was hit by a Muni bus 16 years ago, said he believed it was a matter of safety.
“I was in the hospital for three months. I was out of service for a year and it still hurts every day, ”Girling said. “But I’m just one of the hundreds of thousands who [got hit by a car on their bike]. “
An always green space
Looks like a walk in the park. The India Basin Shoreline Park inauguration project in Bayview will begin on June 17th. The ambitious project promises to be the “biggest project in a generation,” a spokesperson for the Department of Parks and Recreation told me by email. It will be equipped with riverside paths, recreational areas and a restored tidal landscape. The addition is intended to narrow the gap between fairness and access to the park, the spokesperson continued in an email. “Everyone deserves beautiful, safe parks, regardless of the neighborhood. “
And this is part of a larger project called India Basin Mixed-Use project. The proposed plan includes approximately 1,250 housing units, commercial and parking spaces.
This week, the city was abuzz with conversations about the Potrero power plant project, which promised to redevelop the old coal-fired facility into thousands of housing units, a hotel, a life science lab, commercial space, parking, entertainment and open space.
Now it turns out that the first phase, which is underway, is intended to be more ambitious than initially planned. Initially, the first phase of the project planned to build 660 housing units, allocating 76 at a 100% affordable price. But The Chronicle reported that the construction company has now increased it to 735 units, 100 of which are quite affordable. This is thanks to the project partner, Associate Capital, who also agreed to increase spending by $ 200 million for infrastructure development for parks, plazas and sidewalks. An additional commercial building has also been added.
A total of 2,601 housing units will eventually be there, of which about 30% are booked as affordable. Don’t hold your breath, as city planners are planning up to six construction phases over 30 years.
Housekeeping: what you missed and what I’m reading
I think about parks a lot these days. A new report I covered found that San Francisco’s park system is one of the best in the country, considering factors like accessibility, amount of money spent, and fairness. But there are still marked differences between who has access to these urban oases; and while it may not seem like a big deal, studies support that living near greenery has been proven to provide many mental and physical benefits. The pandemic has also highlighted important roles. This is where people could safely picnic and / or take a Covid-19 tampon in their noses.
In keeping with the themes of infrastructure and greenery, Bloomberg’s City Lab explained how conservationists are asking President Biden to drop $ 10 billion on the “Greenway Stimulus” to fix “greenways” American. These are cycle and walking paths which ideally, but not always, combine green spaces. One of those trails that could get a financial boost if it comes to fruition is the 500-mile Bay Trail, which runs through San Francisco and the Bay’s Nine Counties.
I also revisited the Berkeleyside article “Berkeley has an equity gap between richest and poorest neighborhoods,” originally published in March, which examines where more trees grow and highlights a municipal program to plant 1,000 trees. He explains how a lack of trees can cause “unsightly streets, more severe air pollution, and an unpleasant heat island effect”, which can be seen as contributing factors to disparities in quality. health.