For the first time in more than 20 years, San Franciscans will vote on a referendum challenging a City Hall-approved ordinance. A coalition of environmental and neighborhood groups collected 31,000 signatures in less than 30 days last summer to ask voters whether they want to approve increased waterfront height limits to allow a high-rise luxury condo complex to be built at 8 Washington Street. The tower would be built on publicly owned waterfront land along the Embarcadero across from the Ferry Building and on an adjacent private lot that currently houses a well-used family recreation and sports center.
For decades the Sierra Club has worked for strict building height limits on San Francisco’s waterfront to keep it open for public use and enjoyment rather than blocked by a wall of high-rise towers, as has happened to public waterfronts in Miami, San Diego, and elsewhere.
The Club will be working throughout 2013 with a citywide coalition of neighborhood associations, waterfront businesses, and tenant groups called “No Wall on the Waterfront” to urge San Francisco voters to reject the 8 Washington waterfront height-limit increase on the Nov. 5 ballot.
Jon Golinger, campaign director, No Wall on the Waterfront