Originally Posted by POLA
I wouldn't call that redeveloping that area in a good way. The TL has already reached what I would call a max capacity for "affordable" housing and anymore is not helping out the area.
I think you are confusing "affordable" housing with "public housing". Most of the people going into these units are working families (or single moms) with kids making around $30-40K which doesn't allow you to rent a market rate apartment big enough for kids in SF. But it does help the Tenderloin to put hardworking families there in new, modern buildings that are not government owned or managed but owned by various non-profits who manage them well and keep them nice.
I agree with you that the 'loin has enough substance abuse services, free clinics, soup kitchens and so on. But working families?? I think the more the better.
Without such buildings, by the way, there'd be no place in SF for the people who provide services we all depend on. And the city long ago decreed that the heights in the T-loin could not go higher than 9 stories for the express purpose of stopping the replacement of lower-cost housing with highrise hotels for tourists and such. They also decreed that the SRO (single room occupancy hotels--renting by the month) could not be converted to tourist hotels renting by the night. So the Tenderloin is what it is and the only likely change is replacing the older, trashy buildings with new modern ones full of families. I'll take it.