America's Cup: SPUR Weighs-in On Development Plans
Enter the San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association (SPUR), the highly regarded urban-studies think tank. On Friday, SPUR released a set of suggestions for development initiatives that the center asserts would be both timely improvements for the visiting America's Cup hordes and wise long-term investments.
Among their suggestions:
-- Extend the F-line to Fort Mason. This would provide public transit spanning the city's northern waterfront, where the event will be based.
-- Create a separated two-way bike lane along the Embarcadero. One-way bike lanes already exist on much of the Embarcadero, but SPUR envisions a more attractive and safer set-up that is barricaded from auto lanes.
-- "Europeanize" Fisherman's Wharf by ditching some of the kitsch and creating a public plaza with a more modern feel. We can't help but wonder: Will Bush Man be deemed sufficiently continental to stay?
You can check out the full list of suggested improvements at SPUR's blog.
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