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Approved: Addition Puts Cock Block on Douglass Steps

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Castro residents might consider banding together to form a support group or plot a protest— anything to cope with the Planning Department's decision to approve a residential addition at 20th and Douglass Streets, despite vehement opposition from some disgruntled neighbors. The home in question will now rise (or in the opinion of the nabes, loom) 30 feet above the venerated Douglass Steps, effectively truncating a bit of the view. Enter Curbed SF commenters: discussions on the subject have erupted into some of the best reader throw-downs we've hosted on this here blog. To wit:

Plaintiff: "My question is, what view? All I see are a tangle of phone wires and haze. "Doesn't my concrete look cool in the distance"? This is typical San Franciscan micro-management at it's best/worst."

Defendant: "The bottom line is that they need to move out to the burbs where they can build the McMansion of their dreams. The Castro has no tolerance for selfish, spacehog breeders."

So on, and so forth; et cetera, et cetera, et cetera. One resident deemed the city's call a "great loss to the LGBT community." A little overstated, yes, but prescient too, no doubt — don't expect the nabe to acquiesce quite yet.
· Panel OKs Castro projects [BAR]
· This Way Up: Nabe Opposes Douglass Steps Addition [Curbed SF]

[Photo and rendering: Tony DeYoung and Joe Metro, via the Bay Area Reporter.]