Proposal 1: Build a man-made island off of Ocean Beach
The proposal: Sure, it sounds crazy, but artificial islands go all the way back to ancient Egypt and are a great way to expand housing options. You’re probably thinking, “But how would you BUILD an island in the OCEAN?” and so were we, but luckily we found this article that gives us all of the answers! Viable options for the Pacific Ocean might include living on a gigantic ocean liner that’s as big as a city or building sea towers that are rooted to the ocean floor and rise high into the sky. It should probably be car free, but a bridge could take people back and forth on foot, bike, Segway, or golf cart.
The community planning policy director’s take: “I think it’s good to think outside the box... ” BUT, “This one would be a big cultural challenge because the coastline is something people value for both aesthetic and environmental reasons.”
Proposal 2: Fill in streets with houses
The proposal: Do we really need to be able to drive a car down every single street? Think about it: we give SO much space to just the idea of a car in San Francisco. Why not find the widest streets with the least amount of off-street parking, shut them down to traffic, build housing right down the middle, and then add cobblestones and benches and plants? Activist Steve Dombek actually had this idea before we did and created a really thoughtful rendering of how it might all shake out if done on McAllister. And in his version, there’s still room for cars! It could really be done with many streets, but Townsend and Guerrero seem like good candidates.