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Wendy

Lyft LIne, Uber Pool as you said are private, not a public resource. Buses serves more than 3 people. How many cars would it take to match the number of people on buses ?

The red lanes are meant to be used to increase speed on MUNI buses.

Taxis are private but are regulated by the City of SF which includes how many can be on the road. SF has been trying to regulate Uber and Lyft but they are resisting. As for reducing congestion, Lyft and Uber adds 45k cars to traffic. Some says there aren't 45k in SF. Uber, Lyft knows but aren't sharing records. Maybe it's because they know they are causing congestion and don't care. Granted, maybe not all 45k are doing Lyft Lines, Uber Pool. How many are ? There's no transparency.

This is a non starter until there is transparency, cooperation, regulation by the local authorities.

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Posted Jun 12, 2017
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Wendy

It would be nice to activate the spaces in the stations. I have an idea that I'm still hatching but isn't ready for public consumption yet.

There are already restrooms in the stations. They were closed to the public after 9/11. As far as nicer softer benches. It isn't an option until we house the people who are housing challenged.

There used to be a Greyhound station where the new Federal Bldg on 7th Street is. The previous Transbay Terminal had nice comfortable seating and restrooms and etc. They also had some unhoused individuals there.

So going back to Nicer, Softer Benches, Seating . . . The cynical view is that it would "encourage" people to lounge there. It's also why there are no public restrooms in the Temporary Transbay Terminal despite it being an Intermodal Transit Hub.

If it was entirely up to me . . . Showers could be installed for commuters ( and others) who need them.

When there is advertising there, whoever buys the ad space pays for it. Public Service announcements could be placed there too. How much would that cost AND How would it be paid for ?

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Posted Oct 6, 2016
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Wendy

The current timeline for any housing to be built is around 4 years from land purchase to starting construction IF there are no neighborhood objections. What about using the example of the Homeless Navigation Center ? or The Hall on Market near 6th St. Use Land / Space that isn't in construction yet to set up a temporary tiny home community. Both the Nav Center and The Hall is/was a temporary popup for 18-24 months.

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Posted Feb 10, 2016
Tim McCormick
Tim McCormick
Feb 11, 2016

great idea. Interim use of space is a basic pattern underlying a lot of urban and community projects, around the world, as it is widely observed that a lot of space stays vacant/disused for years until possibly being 'permanently' redeveloped. Landowners would naturally prefer to get some rent rather than none, all else being equal, and in many cases owners or neighbors would prefer to have activity on a site, foot traffic around it, etc, rather than abandonment.

Yet in the developed world, interim use is rarely used for urban housing, though it is for, say, popup retail, parks, plazas. I think among the reasons are that people in cities don't usually see housing as something that can relocate, or they fear that any housing placed on an interim basis would become hard to remove. Some notable exceptions are San Francisco's movable "Earthquake Cottages", 5500 built in 1906 and originally mostly placed on public land; or WWII worker housing, including prefabs like Quonset Huts and trailers; or the Y:Cube project of low-cost prefabs being done by YMCA London today.

I think SF and other cities could and should develop interim-use residential zoning provisions, which could be applied to various small, disused, and/or public land parcels. It might be modeled partly on California bill AB551 which allows and incents interim use of vacant urban land for urban agriculture. It might also build on the recently passed Proposition K which requires SF agencies to inventory vacant/disused land and prioritize its use for affordable housing.

I discuss and propose this in a post, "How might we put affordable housing on disused & small sites in San Francisco?" bit.ly/sf-small-sites-housing.

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Posted by Tim McCormick on Feb 11, 2016
Dan
Dan
Feb 11, 2016

Thanks for dropping the knowledge Tim!

Posted by Dan on Feb 11, 2016
Russel
Russel
Feb 24, 2016

I see this concept branching out in several direction, but with the unifying theme of a house that is much smaller then conventional western custom. Although I can see the wisdom in an interim use approach, I think building homes that are essentially temporary would face stiff resistance. There would be a big difference in peoples perception if asked to support a few small temporary homes down the street verses supporting homes that are small, but will be a permanent part of the neighborhood's fabric. The proof of concept isn't the design of small homes, but rather the economic, land-use, and public support of a permanent house on otherwise 'unbuildable' and/or surplus land.
Tim's link to his article touched on Prop K (surplus public land) and affordable housing. This ordinance isn't really new, its been around for years and is problematic because it is designed to find site for large scale affordable developments. In the past when small sites were identified and vetted, those deemed too small were set aside, possible for sale on the private market with funds going back into the affordable housing pool. What hasn't been seriously considered by the City is allowing some of these site to move forward with the support of City agencies as privately developed 'tiny' homes.

Posted by Russel on Feb 24, 2016
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Wendy

Check out the option of 24 hour donut shops. All Star Donuts have the most locations in SF but probably not wifi. Maybe if some of us go in a group and frequent regularly and then ask to have wifi installed. or come up with a way to offer to wifi it.

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Posted Jan 29, 2014
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