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Revealed: New Plans for San Francisco's Waterfront

The Port of San Francisco is wrapping up a three-year planning process to chart the ongoing transformation of the city's waterfront.
June 20, 2019, 1pm PDT | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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John King shares news of a plan released earlier this month that sets a path for the future of 7.5 miles of waterfront property owned by the port of San Francisco, stretching from Fisherman’s Wharf to Heron’s Head Park in the Bayview. "Along the way are such popular destinations as the Ferry Building and the Giants’ ballpark along the Embarcadero, but also the dormant ship repair dry dock at Pier 70 and a large recycling plant at Pier 96," explains King of the significance of this part of town.

The new plan follows on previous plan, written over two decades ago, that set in motion the revival of large portions of the waterfront. "But stubborn challenges remain," according to King, like a steady stream of development controversies and the need to prepare for sea-level rise. In response to the controversies, the plan sets goals of "Partnering for Success" and involving the community in decisions and whatever new amenities emerge from the plan.

Among the other specific recommendations of the report, citied by King in the article:

  • Converting the paved area behind the Ferry Building into a "true piazza."
  • Offering piers 3-32 to private development.
  • Reopening the ship repair facilities at Pier 70 to attract high-paying jobs to the area.

King, who provides a lot more detail on the new plan in the source article, reported extensively on the outcomes of the previous plan in 2014 when the Port of San Francisco was ramping up to begin the process that produced the new plan.

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Published on Wednesday, June 12, 2019 in San Francisco Chronicle
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