SF Agencies Take Aim at Bureaucratic Obstacles to a Transit-First City

by Aaron Bialick : sfstreetsblog.org – excerpt

San Francisco agencies are developing a wide-ranging program to streamline the funding and construction of improvements for walking, bicycling, and transit…
The Transportation Sustainability Program (TSP) would reform the city’s transportation practices in three key areas: by eliminating reliance on the automobile-centric measuring stick known as Level of Service (LOS), by instituting a system of development impact fees that fund sustainable transportation improvements, and expediting the review process for pedestrian, bicycle, and transit projects. The details are on the wonky side, but if the city delivers on these reforms, SF could be looking at a much more rapid build-out of transit corridors, bikeways, and pedestrian safety measures… (more, including some great cartoons that illustrate perfectly LOS and your tax dollars working against you.)

What lurks behind the green face of SFMTA?

Using massive amounts of tax dollars they plan to destroy SF’s historical neighborhoods and replace them with highrises. This is a complete turnaround. The same people who decried the rise of condos and Manhattanization and condos during the anti live-work movement now they embrace it.

This is why many liberal Democrats are turning into anti-tax libertarians.

Related:
Levels of service and travel projections the wrong tools for planning our streets
Reclaiming SF’s Market Street for Public Space
Our City could use a little Manhattanization

Tishman gets ride on Central Subway

J.K. Dineen : bizjournals.com – excerpt

Big SoMa office project to track rezoning

Tishman Speyer has filed an application to build a 700,000-square-foot office complex in western SoMa, the first large development seeking to piggyback on San Francisco’s rezoning along the Central Subway.
The 97,000-square-foot parcel at 598 Brannan St. is owned by the Hearst Corp., which has used it to store and maintain San Francisco Chronicle delivery trucks and newspaper racks. The parcel, on the northeast corner of Brannan and Fifth streets, is directly across the street from the San Francisco Tennis Club. The property is assessed at $10.2 million…

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The first of many developers who take advantage of the  transit corridor deals which remove height limits and other impingements on the development options. Watch the environmentalists caught in the developers’ web.