Okay, maybe it's a bit of a stretch to call Islais Creek "beachfront." It's a little trickle of water that eventually flows out to the bay; and Muni wants to build a parking lot, gas station, and car wash in a parcel of land wedged between the channel, a freeway, and a bunch of warehouses and factories. You might consider this neighborhood to be an industrial wasteland. But you would be wrong! At least, you would have been wrong a few years ago. It's kind of gone to shit lately. And you will never guess whose fault it is! (Hint: actually, you probably can guess.)
Despite being heavily polluted by chemical runoff and sewage, Islais Creek enjoyed a few pockets of niceness for many years, thanks to a nature preserve and bunch of artists who, without permission, turned abandoned lots into gardens. It was great! And also, doomed! During the construction of Muni's T line, construction crews broke a sewer main, and you can guess what happened next: sewage everywhere, habitat ruined, Muni doing as little as possible to mitigate the damage.
So anyway, now Muni would like to send some construction crews back to the neighborhood to work on an entirely new project: vehicle storage. Sure sounds scenic and pleasant to us! Thanks for sprucing up the neighborhood after flooding it with sewage, Muni.
Muni's holding a bunch of community meetings (details after the jump). We're sure they'll get a warm reception.
Here's where and when to show up to tell Muni how you feel:
Southeast Community Facility Community Center
Alex L. Pitcher Jr. Community Room
1800 Oakdale Avenue, San Francisco
Muni service: T Line; 23, 24 and 44 routes
Dates and times:
* Wednesday, August 5 from 3 to 8 p.m.
* Sunday, August 9 from 2 to 8 p.m.
* Wednesday, August 12 from 3 to 8 p.m.
· Muwekma Ohlone Pocket Park
· Final Destruction of Islais Creek and the Muwekma Ohlone Sanctuary-Thanks to SF Muni, DPW, SF PUC, Port of San Francisco, Catellus, and a host of others [IslaisCreek.org]
· Daylighting Islais Creek : a feasibility study [University of California Water Resources Center]
· Islais Creek: From Stream to Sewer [Noe Valley Voice]
· Urban oasis garden in legal limbo in S.F. [SF Gate]
· http://www.sfmta.com/cms/mproj/islaiscreek.htm [SF MTA]
· Muni Graveyard Resurrected [Curbed SF]