Much of BART's core systems dates from the 1960s. Those systems have started to fail. Some, like our escalators, have failed. We can't keep maintaining 1960s kit, and expect it to function like new. Now is the time to take decisive action to rebuild BART's core systems from the ground up. It's what we know we need, and it's what the Bay Area is demanding.
Read my call to action in The San Francisco Examiner: www.sfexaminer.com/time-come-r...
The northeast corner of the 16th Street BART Station is set to get a brand new face lift, courtesy of Maximus Real Estate Partners and architects Skidmore Owings & Merrill. According to the SF Business Times, the new project will demo a bunch of buildings and a surface parking lot in favor of a new 10-story 400,000 sq.ft. mixed-use development with 351 housing units and 32,000 sq.ft. of retail. In addition to an interior courtyard, the plan also includes plate glass store fronts that would wrap around the BART plaza, in hopes of cleaning up some of the crime in the area. The development plan was quietly submitted to Planning this past week, so there's very little info and no renderings yet, but we'll keep you posted as soon as some images become available.
The northeast corner of the 16th Street BART Station is set to get a brand new face lift, courtesy of Maximus Real...
Mission Local brought up issues around the Mission Street BART stations with Supervisor Campos. Here is what he said:
ML: A group of merchants and residents have recently started a campaign demanding a safer and cleaner plaza on 16th and Mission streets. Many businesses are hanging signs on their windows.
"I think it’s a complicated issue. We have increased the presence of the police department, but we know it’s not something that is going to happen overnight. It’s going to take time to get to where it needs to be and we are committed to [doing] everything we can to make sure that it’s cleaned up. There has been a working group that has been meeting for the last months to do that. And at different times we have met with merchants as well. But we want them to know that this is a priority for the city and the city is doing what we can to make sure that this is addressed."
Health should be the highest priority here. You're already risking your health every time you step foot on an SF transit vehicle. It would be nice to exit the facilities and not smell the cloud of drug-laced urine death and everything else required to endure as you disembark.
As a recently transplanted New Yorker, I just don't get the culture of tolerance. My biggest question is what's going on with the justice system?
There are certain places, like Mission and 16th, or some of the hot corners in Mid Market, where it's clear that people are dealing the hard stuff (heroin, crack, etc.). My assumption is that the police don't spend their time making arrests at the street level because it's a waste of time and resources. Somebody help me understand why this illegal activity is permitted? I've travelled to several other great cities like SF, and I've never seen anything quite like it.
Cities are continuously competing for talent, and SF is clearly in a position to convince all types of people to move here. Aside from the cost of living, this is one of our city's biggest challenges.