Jon Mays, the editor in chief of the Daily Journal, is an astute observer of the local scene--it is his job and he does it well. I particularly liked his editorial about the development opportunities and pitfalls for downtown San Mateo. It applies equally well to B'game and I would guess Jon would agree. Here is a critical section of it with my bolding added
Some of the perceived opportunities are more density and the redevelopment of two city-owned sites at Fifth and Railroad avenues. One buzz term in recent years is transit-oriented development and there could be more development activity near the train station at First Avenue.
So even though downtown is already one of the most dense areas of the city, there is an idea that there is room for growth near the train line to help our traffic congestion and lack of housing affordability. I urge a bit of caution. Many areas of San Francisco are transit-oriented, near BART, Caltrain, Muni, ferries and buses and that has done little to ameliorate the traffic congestion in the city though one could argue it could be much worse if it weren’t for public transit offerings. Housing is a definite need but it should be put into a larger context of both the downtown’s history and its future. Though there is a current need, it doesn’t mean it will be as acute as it is now, and the downtown is too important to be looked at to solve that issue completely right now.