By J.K. Dineen : sfgate – excerpt
It was a showdown between badly needed housing and precious open space on South of Market’s hardscrabble Sixth Street.
And on Thursday, open space won out — at least for now.
In a rare decision, the Planning and Recreation and Park commissions forced the developer of a proposed 84-unit apartment complex at 301 Sixth St. to redesign the project after residents and community advocates complained that the 82-foot-high building would cast a shadow on the Gene Friend Recreation Center… (more)
This is a rare moment indeed, and shows a new respect for preservation of natural light on open space that has been losing a lot of ground lately. The hows and whys of this decision including the likelihood of it being repeated on other outdoor areas is hard to gauge, but we remain hopeful that the commissions charged with preserving our quality of life will continue to do that.