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Suddenly Helipads Aren't So Bad

["SL Medivac," courtesy Flickr user john-norris]

Helicopters: Medical necessity, or Satan's air-weasels? Local hospitals have wanted helipads for a long, long time -- one estimate is that they'd probably use helicopters once or twice a day for life-saving emergencies -- and for just as long, some folks have opposed them. But that's apparently changed now: the Board of Supes' Land Use Committee gave an unqualified thumbs-up to helicopters at the UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay.

So, what's changed? WE HAVE NO IDEA. Four years ago, residents were gravely concerned about noise and accidents. A couple of months ago, neighbors were still concerned. But now, residents are praising the idea. What is going on, San Francisco! You are a crazy cuckoo clock!

As far as we can tell, it was outreach that made the difference. UCSF has been planning for this for years; they started outreach to residents early and listened to concerns, and even offered to subsidize soundproofing in nearby homes. Looks like this might be a case where being a good neighbor pays dividends.

- Helipad Searches for Landing Space at UCSF [An Examiner]
- SF Helipads Generate a Whirlwind of Controvery [SFBG]
- S.F. General panel wants to rebuild on site [SF Gate]
- UCSF gets OK from UC Regents to raise $500M for Mission Bay campus [SF Business Journal]
- Support Grows for Mission Bay Helipad [KCBS]
- UCSF to start $1.6 billion hospitals project [SF Gate]
- Helipad moves closer to takeoff [SF Gate]

UCSF Hospital

505 Parnassus Avenue, San Francisco, California