Hello District 6 resident!
Do you ever feel like the rest of the city makes plans for our neighborhoods, without thinking about what our neighborhoods will need to make those plans successful?
For instance, the city has encouraged a tremendous amount of housing to be built in SOMA and Mission Bay in the last ten years, which is great, but where are the schools for our kids?
More fundamentally, where are all of us that live in apartment buildings supposed to walk? A sidewalk can carry up to 9,000 people per hour. That’s five times as much as the 1,600 that can typically be transported in a car lane. Sidewalks in D6 are typically 10 feet wide or less, while the sidewalks in the Richmond, which has much lower residential density, are 50% bigger, 15 feet wide!
It makes no sense. Thousands of people live, and therefore walk, on almost every block in D6, but 75% of the paved public space between buildings is dedicated to cars and only 25% to people.
What was the city thinking? In the last 15 years was there no one at the table pointing out that if we build housing for people, at minimum, we need to also think about where those people are going to walk? We should have sidewalks at least as wide as those in the low residential neighborhoods, if not wider.
In general, the City of SF has planned for D6 to take on the uses no other district wants - increased housing to accommodate population growth, increased office development to increase tax revenue for the general fund, plus, D6 has the highest density of highway off ramps of any San Francisco district.
The reason the city feels like it can plan for our district, and not with our district is simple: voter turnout is lowest in D6.
City leaders discount our needs in D6 because they don’t think we will show up at the polls. We don’t get what we need, because we don’t ask for it. LET’S CHANGE THIS.
Turnout is low in D6 for two reasons:
- Our population is transient. People move to D6, but they don’t register to vote.
- Most of D6 is apartments and condo buildings, making it harder to canvass during election season. (Canvassing works. It reminds people to vote, and that translates to better representation and a better neighborhood.)
I really want to make our neighborhoods, and our District better. We have a chance to do it this November because there is a District Supervisor race. I am running for Supervisor because I want to advocate for our district.
I want to make sure other parts of San Francisco accommodate their fair share of population growth, and I want to make sure our part of San Francisco gets the infrastructure and other benefits we need to ensure a high quality of life for all of us.