"Elsewhere in the world, trams, gondolas, and funiculars are common, supplementing other mass transportation systems in an effort to reduce pollution, traffic, and crowding. Compared to subways, highways, or rail lines, which often require displacing huge numbers of people in urban areas or extensive (and expensive) below-ground building, gondolas are a relatively cheap option. City planners only need to find locations to build the cable car towers and the requisite airspace. Gondolas don’t move as many people as other types of mass transit, but as a supplement to existing systems they can be quite effective."
A dozen cities in the U.S. are considering proposals for aerial cable cars. In light of the potential boom of gondola projects here in the United States, we explore 10 gondolas around the world that have changed how people move in urban spaces.
We need you! Our ballot measure -- the solution for San Francisco's urban forest crisis -- is in trouble, but you can save it. The measure would require the City to maintain all street trees, fix all tree-related sidewalk damage, and release property owners from any tree-related liability -- and is funded by a budget set-aside and a small, progressive parcel tax.
Nothing is more meaningful to elected officials than the opinions of their constituents. If your supervisor is on the list below -- because they have not yet decided to support this measure -- please call or email them this week asking them to support the Friends of the Urban Forest ballot measure. If you wish, say a few words about why you want the city to maintain street trees and repair broken sidewalks. Identify yourself as a constituent!
Got an extra minute? Forward this to five friends and tell them it's important to you.
Next week I'll send you an update to let you know whether our efforts succeeded. Fingers crossed. Meanwhile, if you have any questions about this measure or about how you can help, please let me know. Thank you!
District 1 (the Richmond)
Eric Mar: 415-554-7410 / Eric.L.Mar@sfgov.org
District 3 (Russian Hill, Nob Hill, Telegraph Hill, North Beach)
Aaron Peskin: 415-554-7450 / Aaron.Peskin@sfgov.org
District 5 (Haight Ashbury, Panhandle, Western Addition)
London Breed: 415-554-7630 / Breedstaff@sfgov.org
District 6 (South of Market, Tenderloin, Treasure Island)
Jane Kim: 415-554-7970 / Jane.Kim@sfgov.org
District 7 (Park Merced, West Twin Peaks)
Norman Yee: 415-554-6516 / Norman.Yee@sfgov.org
District 9 (Mission, Bernal Heights)
David Campos: 415-554-5144 / David.Campos@sfgov.org
District 11 (Excelsior, Oceanview, Merced Heights, Ingelside)
John Avalos: 415-554-6975 / John.Avalos@sfgov.org
Love this example from Birmingham (thanks @stan) - inhabitat.com/lightrails-illum...
Light artist Bill Fitzgibbons "LightRails" transformed the 18th Street underpass In Birmingham into a glowing art installation.
After hearing from 200+ housing advocates (that’s you!!!) over the last couple of days, plus countless others who emailed, tweeted, and called, Mayor Ed Lee just announced that he is vetoing the Board of Supervisors' ‘by-right’ resolution that was voted on last week. Read the full story and the veto letter in our latest blog.
Most importantly, take a moment to understand what just happened. YOU felt the burden of our affordability and displacement crisis. YOU know this city and state has a housing shortage. YOU decided to do something and make your voice heard. And it was.
Congratulations and thank you, for making a difference!
Let’s keep going, lots of work to do.
Community Organizer | San Francisco Housing Action Coalition
We need your feedback on parks and open spaces in Dogpatch-Potrero! The Planning Department, Recreation and Parks Department, Port of SF and others would like you to take this brief survey of seven questions. The responses will help guide planning, design, and funding in Dogpatch and surrounding neighborhoods.
I use Caltrain station a lot commuting to and from work. This area definitely needs improvements and I would love to get involved. Please let me know how I can contribute (firstname.lastname@example.org).