Having read the article about the proposed development at 2700 Sloat Blvd., these issues stand out as either unaddressed or under-scrutinized:
First and most obvious is that the building would be an absolute eyesore in our neighborhood. It has an appearance that would be more at home in San Diego or Florida than here in San Francisco. It will dominate and often block the ocean view of thousands of residents to the east.
Second is the impact the noise will have on the animals at the Zoo during construction, not to mention the neighbors. A building this size will require the driving of many piles down to bedrock. It’s a long, tedious, extremely loud and concussive process. The animals at our beloved Zoo will not understand the arguments put forward by YIMBY.
Third is the laughable idea put forward by YIMBY that “transit investments will come” from the City in the form of increased Muni service for the hundreds of new residents. Clearly YIMBY does not know Muni. It’s a naive statement at best, but really sounds like simply more pro-development double talk.
Fourth is the dubious value of ground floor retail space incorporated into the design. Always put forward to San Franciscans as a nice place for a coffee shop or bicycle shop, it could just as easily house a McDonalds. It could also just remain vacant as do the ground floors of so many other similar projects already built around the city as developers seek top dollar rentals to recoup their investments.
Lastly and possibly most important, just who is this YIMBY that has taken such an interest in our neighborhood? They are a pro-development lobbying group originating in New York with branches in Chicago, Philadelphia, Florida and, of course, Los Angeles. The San Francisco branch of the organization lobbies for projects from San Jose to Santa Rosa to Sacramento and into the Gold Country. They have no particular interest in San Francisco or what makes our City so very wonderful, such as Ocean Beach, the Zoo and the distinctive character of our neighborhoods. They are just here to grease the wheels for another huge project that the community doesn’t need.
Concerned citizens should demand that the Planning Department turn this crass project down.
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