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A-Cup: Remaking the Waterfront

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Click on the Image to Enlarge Photo Credit: Rick Laubscher, via SPUR

As expected, SPUR weighed in late last week with suggestions for infrastructure improvements to complement the America's Cup Race in 2012. And with an admittedly tight timeline. What they're looking for: the long-awaited extension of the F-line along the Embarcadero from Fisherman's Wharf up Bay Street and terminating at Fort Mason, above. As major stakeholders in this stretch of waterfront, the National Park Service and the Golden Gate National Recreation Area have been working on this since 2006, well before anyone (besides Larry Ellison, of course) thought about the America's Cup here. We wish the Presidio Trust would wake up and help extend the line to Crissy Field and Parade Ground. Second: Implementation of the Planning Department's Fisherman's Wharf Public Realm Plan which can be summed up as fewer cars, less t-shirts. And while no one who lives here goes to Fisherman's Wharf, it might be nice waterfront option someday, right? Third: the implementation of the ambitious and pedestrian-friendly emBIKEadero waterfront bike path proposal, which would create a two-lane, two-way bike path along the waterfront in the existing roadbed. Since the emBikeadero plan seems to involve not much more than green paint, stanchions, and no EIR, we have a feeling it's the one that may actually happen.
[Correction: the new route would go up Beach Street, not Bay Street]
· Let's Not Miss the Boat [SPUR]
· Historic Streetcar Extension [Golden Gate National Recreation Area]
· Fisherman's Wharf Public Realm Plan [SF Planning]
· Building the emBIKEadero Waterfront Bike Path [SPUR]

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