|Proposed new UGM center|
(Note stop bar and median on street,
also a sidewalk stub where there is no crosswalk)
The stop bar and median suggests it is right at the corner of Division and Commercial.
|Can't quite get the angle right in the google, but|
the rendering appears to show this section
of Commercial at Division.
|The thrift store in the NE quarter-block at 885|
doesn't appear much affected, but the smaller lots
on the SE quarter-block look involved
|Division has wacky charm from another era here|
These are high-style nothing, so it's not like they need to be preserved on stylistic grounds. Behind the buildings is a lot of parking lot that should be redeveloped, and a shelter would be a new use of high purpose and worth.
So the case for historic preservation is probably pretty weak, all things considered.
But they are useful buildings, and they have embodied energy in their construction that should not easily be discarded. The greenest building is the one already there!
Addtionally, the Mission doesn't own any of these buildings yet, so it seems a bit cheeky for the UGM to show a rendering in their footprint with the buildings either moved or demolished.
So there are significant questions yet here.
Hopefully the UGM will proceed with caution and with thoughtfulness and figure out what can be reused and how.
|"Guilt" by Association?! - via the facebook|
(Update - turns out CB|Two isn't the architect. See comment below.)
Don't Forget about Bikes!
A high proportion of shelter clients and residents depend on bicycle transportation, and about a quarter of all homeless people are Veterans (see this 1999 report and data from 2005.)
If we are serious about serving especially those we laud as heroes, we will make a real effort to do better for them.
Clients and residents might have an interest in high quality and secure bike parking as well as better bike lanes along Front, Commercial, and Division here.
So in addition to the private development, we need to continue to think about non-auto travel in the public rights-of-way, especially here where the roads are wide, busy, and fast.