Issue 501 March 2011
How can San Francisco deliver core city services in an era of finite resources?
Costs of City government are rising while revenues are stagnating. Meanwhile, our need for core services has not decreased. What began as a national recession may have triggered a rare moment of opportunity to deal with the causes of our structural deficit. So what is the way forward?
In the 1920s, European architects proposed a new city. The chaos of industrial civilization would be redeemed by a stupendous landscape of skyscrapers rising out of a park-like setting. Alas, in American cities, crisscrossed by grids and streets, this dream of architecture rising from nature was all but impossible. Then, in 1959, the new Kaiser Center complex in downtown Oakland came up with a solution.