San Francisco voters turned down two proposals this week that would have okayed high-rise condominiums along that city’s waterfront. This is the same challenge that faces the owners of the Golden State Warriors who want to build a waterfront arena.
Sierra Club and other environmental groups rallied voters against ballot initiatives supporting the 8 Washington Condo project because they said it threatened to turn San Francisco’s waterfront into an overbuilt Miami Beach.
See the Chronicle’s account of the ballot results: http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/8-Washington-condo-project-loses-big-in-S-F-4958982.php
How does this portend for the Warriors’ efforts to move from the Oracle Arena next to the Oakland Coliseum to build a $170 million arena across the bay? Given the new financial backing for a revived plan to keep the Warriors, Raiders and Athletics in Oakland – http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1812859-coliseum-city-project-would-keep-raiders-warriors-and-as-in-oakland – do we have a new Battle of the Bay brewing?
Let’s add to the mix the Chronicle’s account of how the condo opponents have shifted their focus already to the waterfront arena plan.