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The Next Big Thing: Should the People Control the Fate of the Waterfront?

February 14, 2014

By Joe Eskenazi : sfweekly – excerpt

…Somewhat uniquely, San Francisco is a place in which progress is often marked by what we haven’t accomplished rather than what we have. Citizen activism has spared this city its share of neighborhood-annihilating freeways and high-rise monoliths. Through the years, opposition to rampant growth grew more organized; policies crafted by development critics and enshrined by voters have shaped city policy.

And when this process — partially of their own making — still produces undesirable results, development critics may go to voters once more, targeting specific projects.

Along with “The Waterfront Alliance” — the amalgamation of environmental groups, slow-growth activists, antsy neighbors, and well-heeled “concerned San Franciscans” that crushed the proposed waterfront 8 Washington luxury condo tower in November’s election — Agnos is pushing a waterfront height-limit ballot initiative… (more)

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