With developable land growing ever more scarce in San Francisco, it seems only natural that space-hogging gas stations in high-density locations should be prime targets. Indeed, developers keep guzzling up streetscape-deadening service stations, car washes, and auto-body shops and knocking them down in favor of new transit-friendly housing. If we didn't know better, we'd almost mistake this long-bubbling culture change for a sophisticated, multipronged attack on
Sean Parker's America's Right to Drive. In this war of attrition, every new bikeway, every condo proposal with a skimpy parking allotment, every vacated gas station sends the auto-body count still higher. Can't find parking? Buy a $6,500 water bike. Nowhere to get your car fixed? You should probably just get rid of it.
To document these changes to the cityscape, we've mapped a grand total of 23 car-crushing condo and apartment developments now under way or coming soon, compiled with the help of the kind folks over at the San Francisco Housing Action Coalition. Know of any projects that deserve to be on our list? Drop us a line or let us know in the comments. Without further ado, here's our guide to the car vs. condo turf war.
· Cars-First "Restore Balance" Measure Funded by Ed Lee Backer Sean Parker [Streetsblog SF]
· I-280 Just Eye Candy for Future Condos with Skimpy Parking [Curbed SF]
· Stanley Saitowitz Development Rising in the Mission District [Curbed SF]
· New Mixed-Use Project in Dogpatch Looking for Approvals [Curbed SF]
· Empty SoMa Gas Station Site to Refuel with New Housing [Curbed SF]
· Donate Your Car to KQED [KQED]
· San Francisco Housing Action Coalition [Official Site]