Here it comes from the We’re-from-the-Government-and-We’re-Here-to-Help-You people. Brace yourselves:
O.K. then. But the problem is that some of the people involved in this process from the get-go now use the term “complete disaster” to describe it today. Let’s journey to Akit’s Complaint Department to get the reaction from Paul Osaki, Executive Director of the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California. It’s under “SF Japantown Crisis” – check it out, if you want.
Tearing down those malls on Post Street – is that a good idea? I don’t know. But keep in mind that these are the same people that sold you the “Great Street!” of Octavia Boulevard, which turned out to be a scar upon the land. (In mitigation, the Japantown “B”NP lacks the complicating factor have having architects designing like-nowhere-else-in-the-universe boulevards. Sorry, “Great Boulevards!”)
Anywho, check out the latest news and the meeting sked below, and check out the notes from a meeting with Mayor Gavin Newsom and Ross Mirkarimi after the jump. Things were so much happier back in 2007.
See if you agree that this plan is simply “a road map for developers.”
To Be Continued.
The DRAFT Japantown Better Neighborhood Plan is ready for your review!
After several years of analysis and community process, the Draft Plan phase is ready for your review. The Draft Plan will be presented to the Planning Commission for Commission endorsement at the end of June 2009. Prior to endorsement, we will hold two informational hearings at the Planning Commission, and one hearing at the Historic Preservation Commission. In the upcoming month, please review the Draft Plan, attend any or all of the hearings to provide feedback , and send us your comments.
You can review each chapter individually by
clicking on the links below:
|Chapter 1: Introduction - 4 MBChapter 2: Community Heritage - 2.5 MBChapter 3: Community and Economic Development - 1.2 MBChapter 4: Land Use - 2.1 MBChapter 5: Built Form - 3.1 MB
Chapter 6: Public Realm - 9.1 MB
Chapter 7: Transportation and Circulation - 4 MB
Chapter 8: Japan Center - 2 MB
Chapter 9: Implementation - 1 MB
Japantown Better Neighborhood Plan Appendices
There are also a number of appendices referenced in the Japantown Better Neighborhood Plan. Click below to download them.
Appendix A: Japantown Opinion Survey Summary
Appendix B: National Heritage Areas
Appendix C: Historic Property Benefits Matrix
Appendix D: Community Benefit District Case Studies
Appendix E: Implementation Case Studies
Appendix F: Planning a Multi-Use Community Facility
Appendix G: Transportation and Circulation Analysis
Appendix H: Japan Center Proforma Analysis
If you would like to purchase a hard copy of the Draft Plan, they will be available beginning May 26th in the Japantown Planning Room during our office hours (2nd floor of the Miyako Mall) or at Japantown Task Force at 1765 Sutter Street. We will also have free CDs and free copies available that you can read on site.
We will present the Draft Plan to the Planning Commission in May and June to seek endorsement. Please attend to express your opinion of the Plan’s recommendations.
The Draft Japantown Plan is currently on the Planning Commission’s calendar for:
- Thursday, May 28 (Information Only)
- Thursday, June 4 (Information Only)
- Thursday, June 25 (Anticipated Endorsement of Plan)
The hearings begin at 1:30 p.m. in the Commission Chambers – Room 400, San Francisco City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place. Check the Planning Commission calendar at sfplanning.org (under “Calendars”) as the dates get closer; calendars are subject to change.
We will also present the Japantown Historic Resource Survey Findings and the Context Statement to the Historic Preservation Commission on June 3, 2009.
Want to discuss the Draft Plan or ask questions? Visit us during Office Hours in the Japantown Planning Room:
- Monday 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
- Wednesday 4:00 – 6:00 pm
- Thursday 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
If these times don’t work for you, please schedule a different time by contacting Rosie Dudley at 415-575-9068 or via email at email@example.com.
Send your comments to Rosie Dudley at 1650 Mission, Suite 400 San Francisco, CA 94103 or email them to firstname.lastname@example.org.