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August 18, 2019


Just Visiting

Sometimes people remember the past better than it really was. In the late '80s and early '90s, Civic Center Plaza was a tent city for the homeless and unsafe to walk through or even next to at night; China Basin was awful, South of Market was dangerous, as were several other areas of town that are now great places to live. There has always been a homelessness problem in S.F. There still is. The reality is that housing (and office space) is expensive in S.F. because people want to live there, despite the homelessness problems.

There are plenty of environmentalists, transit officials, and housing advocates pushing for more environmentally friendly (and more efficient) ways to house and move people, but high density housing (which isn't appropriate everywhere) and investing in quality public transportation options are hard sells to people who are addicted to their cars and like the way their town was zoned when they arrived (which isn't crazy, but the world isn't static, either). And we all know that simply adding lanes to freeways doesn't work (even if we had the space). All of these things need to be balanced and change is hard and slow through the democratic process.

It would be nice to have more live music in Burlingame; is there a market for it?

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