Waterfront Derelicts

The San Francisco waterfront is an odd place. Beautiful renovated piers are juxtaposed next to rotting wharves.

This one, somewhere near downtown, looks especially forlorn.

Is there an overall waterfront renovation plan? Ideas to make the Bay-front a beautiful place from beach to bay?

Will there ever be pier-top condos? Or at least outdoor drinking decks? If the latter exist now, mind telling me where?

This pier sure isn’t it.

4 Comments so far

  1. Mark (unregistered) on November 13th, 2006 @ 3:23 pm

    pier-top condos? Or at least outdoor drinking decks?

    You say that like it’s a good thing. While you’re entitled to your opinion, There are lots of people in San Francisco who don’t want to see every bit of the waterfront turned into a yuppie playground.

    And yes, there is an agency charged with development of the shoreline. It’s called the Port of San Francisco. But it has to work with lots of other city and state boards and agencies, not to mention vocal neighborhood groups. Many plans for developing the neglected piers have been put forward over the years; few get through this gantlet.

    I like most of the changes I’ve seen along the Embarcadero over the last 28 years I’ve been in the city. The area has gone from a deserted, neglected former industrial zone, much of it overshadowed by an elevated freeway, to a beautiful pedestrian recreation area with fastastic bay views, a farmer’s market, and pedestrian piers (like Pier 7). If this is the result of a slow, agonizing permit process, then I’ll take it!

  2. cd (unregistered) on November 13th, 2006 @ 3:26 pm

    Pier 23 has a nice deck – if the weather is still good out there – where you can dine and booze on a pier overlooking the bay. Passed many a nice afternoon there myself . . . .

    Several plans have come and gone, by the way, for specific sections of the waterfront, or groups of piers. The most recent I can recall was one by the Mills group (think Mills malls – Ontario, Potomac, etc) to put some retail space down there and it included a large YMCA rec center with hoops and fields and whatnot.

    Got shot down in a blaze of political non-glory, as these things often do.

    But as Mark said above, there have been dramatic and beneficial changes in the waterfront already. Leaving a few actual warehouses functioning (or not functioning) as warehouses isn’t a bad idea. Keeps the city remembering who it was and is.

  3. charles sears II (unregistered) on November 14th, 2006 @ 10:53 am

    I would like to see the cruise ship terminal built and some nice tourist shops and condos for low income[I mean for people who work the piers,in shops,etc,on ships,and in our schools and for fireman and police,disabled]a park with fountains.I like the mix of the derelict also.We cannot have it all pristine..that is not real.The City needs the cruise ship terminal to bring the passenger ships to our City and attract new business to hotels and restaurants also.I was sorry the last proposed project got shot down,I thought that would have worked..with play space,etc.If we could have some renovation of piers for balls etc,art galleries that too would be nice,you know,charity events,and seasonal parties,or for groups to rent for functions,why not a Black and White Ball on a pier one year? Or on the Embarcadero itself? Now with the loss of the 49er’s though,I am discouraged by whatever progress may be made on the pier front..because of this setback.

  4. cd (unregistered) on November 16th, 2006 @ 10:03 am

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