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Sustainability On Treasure Island

Developers unveiled a new "green" plan for Treasure Island in the middle of San Francisco Bay that includes farmland, residential towers, and wind turbines.

The would-be developers of Treasure Island in the middle of San Francisco Bay have unveiled a startling new image for the island -- one that includes 20 acres of farmland and at least six residential towers...The new proposal responds to criticism from environmental activists that the prior plan was too suburban and car-reliant...The "green" aspects of the new proposal include features that, if approved and followed through on, would be rare in urban settings...the high winds that routinely buffet the island would be converted into assets by erecting rows of wind turbines..."

Full Story: Towers, farm seen for Treasure Island Self-sustaining neighborhood of 5,500 residences proposed

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Irvin Dawid's picture
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skeptical that heights will be politically viable

In reading: "...The scheme, which will be shown Wednesday to the Treasure Island Development Authority, still has details to be filled in. A slender residential tower is proposed at the ferry terminal, for instance, but no height is specified, other than it probably would be at least 40 stories. North of the terminal is a string of neighborhoods with parks with views of the city and several towers in the 15- to 20-story range -- but the exact layout and heights are being refined"

Treasure Isld is smack in SF Bay - and knowing a bit about "viewsheds" and aesthetics, I just don't see this happening.

Remember the windmills proposed outside Cape Cod? Even Robert Kennedy Jr. announced his opposition!

BUT I HOPE I'M WRONG!!!!!!!!!!
Irvin Dawid, Palo Alto, CA

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