Lee Heidhues 11.29.2021
California and San Francisco politicians, planners, developers and housing advocates have it all wrong. To continue going in this reckless manner will bring ultimate human disaster. San Francisco needs to abort this reckless and unnecessary growth.
All residential and commercial construction needs to be aborted.
As the Chronicle analysis shows San Francisco is the second most densely populated City in the United States. Nearly 900,000 people are crammed into 49 square miles in a City surrounded on three sides by water. San Francisco is not Texas where cities can expand amoeba like into the countryside.
Complicating the problem is that San Francisco does not have the infrastructure; i.e. public transit, health care and other services to support a cramped over populated City.
Excerpted from San Francisco Chronicle 11.29.2021
Over the past decade, San Francisco’s population grew by 8.5%, or nearly 70,000 residents. Yet despite this increase, the city’s population remains tiny compared with giants such as New York and Los Angeles, which have nearly 9 million and 4 million people, respectively. With roughly 900,000 residents, San Francisco is only the 17th most populous city in America.
When it comes to density, New York is in a league of its own, with nearly 30,000 residents per square mile. That’s more than 50% higher than the density of No. 2-ranked San Francisco, which comes in at just under 19,000 per square mile.
It’s a different story when you take geographical size into account. In addition to its modest population, San Francisco is also physically small. So when you look at residents per square mile, it’s the second-most densely populated major city in the country after New York.
While some major cities can grow outward by expanding their boundaries, that’s impossible in San Francisco, since it’s bounded on three sides by water. To accommodate more people, the population density will likely have to be more equally distributed across the city.
Earlier this month, the San Francisco Planning Commission approved a plan to allow the construction of fourplexes on more than 110,000 parcels currently zoned for single-family homes or two-unit buildings. According to Commissioner Frank Fung, a plan like this that spreads medium density throughout the city is quite rare — many proposals are for tall buildings near downtowns. But an approach that parcels out population more evenly could lead to faster and cheaper construction, said Fung, not to mention more gradual and manageable growth