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Notes from the January Meeting: Who Are We Building For?

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By Tes Welborn, HANC Treasurer

Ed Lee vs. The People of San Francisco

Calvin Welch gave a brief summary of development since World War II. While financial interests built office space until both resident displacement and a glut came to pass, community activists all over San Francisco worked to slow or stop displacement and to create a new model, community development. Community development focused on resident needs-- transit, neighborhood retail, housing, and the related struggle for local hire. The Haight struggled with hospital expansion and fought it back to retain housing.

Welch also presented much information on Mayor Ed Lee's legacy, which focused on large development and tech. Lee focused only on jobs while he ignored the need for housing for those new workers and the folks who would provide them services. His policies led to the greatest population transfer in San Francisco's history, with 400,000 people leaving San Francisco over his 6 year term, and 400,000 new, higher income residents arriving.

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November Meeting Recap: Questions Remain

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Our November meeting featured a presentation on high speed internet access, to every San Francisco home, by fiber.  Questions remain about whether the fiber would be city-owned and controlled, or a public-private partnership [PPP].  We note that PPPs often continue the practice of privatizing the profits and socializing the costs - we pay for the new fiber system, and private companies make a profit on it.

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What Does the Neighborhood Want to Replace McDonald's - City Schedules Public Meeting on Project for November 7

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By Rupert Clayton, HANC Board

Things seem to be moving fast on the city’s nebulous project to buy the McDonald’s site at 730 Stanyan Street (between Haight and Waller Streets) and use it for some undetermined affordable housing purpose. After vague press reports in the past couple months, we now have an official announcement that the Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development (MOHCD) will hold a community meeting on the project at 6 pm on Tuesday November 7, 2017 at Park Branch Library.

Clearly, many HANC members and neighbors are interested in how the site is developed. About 60 people gathered at our October 12 meeting to share ideas on possible uses and to learn what the planning and development process might look like. HANC assembled a panel to facilitate the discussion: Peter Cohen, co-director of the Council of Community Housing Organizations; Mary Howe, executive director of the Homeless Youth Alliance; and Dean Preston, from Affordable Divisadero.

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2018-2019 Haight Street Construction Details Discussed

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By Christin Evans, HANC Board

At HANC's September meeting, representatives from DPW and SFMTA were on hand to answer questions about the two-year-long construction project planned along Haight street.  Work may begin as soon as January 2018, but with the project not yet out to bid the start time may be delayed by a month or two.  

All pavement between the buildings (sidewalks and roadway) along Haight from Stanyan to Central will be removed and replaced.  New features added will include pedestrian bulb-outs at intersections to shorten the crosswalk, traffic lights at intersections which currently have stop signs, and new conduit for community wi-fi, and pedestrian scale lights.  A number of trees are planned for removal either because they aren't thriving or because they currently interfere with bus wires.  

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June Meeting Recap: Summer of Love Memories From the Haight-Ashbury

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By Richard Ivanhoe, HANC Board

When we announced our June meeting in the HANC Voice, we said there might be some surprises.  There were.

Each of our panel members contributed.  Stan Flouride shared neighborhood newspapers from the era.  Holly Harman told us that the original Merry Pranksters’ bus, Furthur, was buried at the Happy Holidays commune.  Diamond Dave Whitaker reminded us that the spirit of the 60’s – cooperation, awareness, caring – is still important and still with us.  Arthur Round spoke of his apprenticeship and abrupt promotion at the Oracle , the colored ink and scents poured from ketchup bottles, and the time he counted 350 (weeknight) / 500 (weekend) sleeping in one house.

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