Monday, May 30, 2011

New Environmentalism vs. Pacifica's Old Environmentalism

Keeping San Francisco from becoming a forest of skyscrapers once dominated conversations about development in The City. Opposition to such “Manhattanization” was a platform that environmentalists, neighborhood groups and outright foes of development used to block construction projects.

But times have changed.

The onset of global climate change and the automobile-dependent sprawl that helped create it have forced developers, planners, urbanists and even environmentalists to rethink the future of a city facing significant population increases but almost no room left for horizontal expansion.

Past rejection of density propelled the growth of suburbs and the carbon emissions of longer car commutes. But today’s dominant paradigm favors dense, transit-oriented infill developments that encourage walkable access to schools, stores and services.

The transformation of the South of Market neighborhood and the creation of Mission Bay are two prominent examples of such development. More recently, even bigger projects have begun moving through The City’s approval pipeline.

Read more at the San Francisco Examiner:

Posted by Steve Sinai

1 comment:

todd bray said...

Worked on T.I. for 5 years and can't imagine the nose picking idiots that would put people in housing out there in the numbers discussed in the structures proposed. What you do not see from the bridge is the immense earthquake damage which caused the base to close. It's a great tourist destination and before the new bridge construction started (noisy pile driving) a great place to make movies but to put thousands out there in housing several stories high? What utter murderous profit seeking crap.