How to Make San Francisco More Sustainable

As part of its series on creating a sustainable future, the San Francisco Bay Guardian has outlined a list of steps for improving land use in the city, and argues that current plans from the mayor won't be enough.

"Under Newsom's current plans, San Francisco is on pace to expand its role as Silicon Valley's bedroom community, further displace its lower- and middle-income workers, and thereby increase the city's carbon footprint."

"The San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association's executive director, Gabriel Metcalf, notes that existing Northern California cities -San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose - already have street, sewer, and transit grids, and mixed-use development in place." He argues that with all this infrastructure in place, there is no need for suburban development. All development could be redirected into cities.

The article further advises that the city needs to avoid car-oriented planning, and to work harder to serve the disenfranchised low-income populations of the city.

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