This article in today’s San Jose Mercury News is highly relevant to one of the exciting panels at our upcoming 2014 Decision Makers Conference!
Failure of Warriors’ waterfront arena the latest in a long line of bay development defeats
By Paul Rogers
“The Golden State Warriors’ decision this week to abandon plans to build a new arena on piers along the San Francisco waterfront is not just a local development issue, but rather the latest example of a 40-year trend around San Francisco Bay.
No matter how rich or how politically connected, people who have proposed projects that environmentalists say are “filling the bay” or “walling off the bay” have nearly always seen those plans end in defeat.
From a proposal to build new runways at San Francisco International Airport 15 years ago to more recent plans to build 12,000 homes on former salt ponds in Redwood City to efforts to fill wetlands in Richmond or Vallejo, environmentalists have had a staggeringly efficient record of stalling, shrinking and usually killing bayfront projects.”
Get information about our Decision Makers Conference, which will include a panel entitled “Changing Uses of the San Francisco Bay Shoreline: What Does the Future Hold?” here.