Here we go again! Back in 2013 I wrote about the Golden State Warriors mission to build a new arena along the Embarcadero. Former San Francisco mayor Art Agnos helped to lead the fight against the monstrosity and the people won! Since then, the Warriors owners have continued their search to find a site suitable for their basketball complex and sure enough, all they had to do was put in a bid for some empty property along Mission Bay, about a mile south of the previous Embarcadero location.
And again nearly the same problems and criticisms that were raised against the arena being built along the Embarcadero apply to this new site, in particular, major traffic congestion. Something that in no uncertain terms will be an awful problem if this arena gets built. The traffic near SOMA during a regular SF Giants baseball season is in a word, dreadful. Nothing but vehicular traffic clogging the streets of Brannon, Embarcadero, King street, and more. Now imagine an arena built along 3rd street. As if Muni is even prepared to be able to handle the volume of people coming to see the Warriors play. It’s a very cruel joke.
UCSF recently gave their approval for the arena because they reached a deal with the city of San Francisco. The deal calls for a $10 million Mission Bay Transportation Improvement Fund, which will be dedicated to controlling the flow of traffic in the neighborhood, particularly during evening arena events. I, for one, do not believe for a second that any amount of controlling traffic will do anything to LIMIT the amount of traffic that will flood China Basin if this arena gets approved for building. The amount of traffic already in existence will only be exacerbated by this arena. Why must the owners of the Golden State Warriors be hell-bent on building their structure in the city of San Francisco?
I am strongly urging my supervisor, Malia Cohen, to reject this arena. While the full environmental impact report has yet to be completed, I believe it will show that traffic will be inordinately bad for China Basin and will become a significant cause of gridlock, road rage, and accidents. Not to mention the excessive amount of carbon pollution coming from drivers around the Bay seeking to watch the Warriors play.
The Warriors can have their arena but only if it is built back in Oakland. Oakland is in desperate need of more business and enterprise and there exists a serious fan base for basketball. On the other hand, does a sports arena actually benefit the economy of a city? Read this story on the Pheonix Coyotes in the Atlantic magazine about the economics of sports stadiums, and learn about who wins and who loses!
I support the Mission Bay Alliance and its quest to derail the Warriors arena. I urge my readers to sign the Change.org petition to stop the proposed Warriors arena and entertainment center in Mission Bay. As a San Francisco native, I decry what has become of my city. The “Manhattanization” of San Francisco is making it impossible for working class people to live here. It’s becoming nothing but a playboy town for the Uber wealthy.