S.F.'s bureaucracy isn't just incompetent, it's a corrupting force
We can either willingly and purposefully remove red tape in a way that holds true to San Francisco’s values, or we can abandon all sense of responsibility.
When I first heard about "permit expediters", I was shocked. How is this even a thing, I thought? It is such a clear way for corruption to flourish; are San Franciscans so naive that they don't see the elephant in the room?
By allowing permit expediters SF is actively encouraging the bureaucracy to become even more obtuse.
One solution that would be a step in the right direction would be to ban all permit expediters outright, and make the functioning of the bureaucracy as transparent as possible.
the cold, technocratic indifference that stands in the way of making our city a joyful place
Pet peeve: this is not what "technocratic" means. Technocracy doesn't mean rule by machines, it means that you put experts in charge of running the government, which is clearly not what's going on.
Every single SF incumbent needs to be voted out. Starting with London Breed and most of the Supes. Followed by each and every one of Breed's appointees.
I'm weirded out that of all the cities (but especially NYC and SF) it's so hard to get safe separated bicycle lanes built. we're pretty screwed as a country if we keep favoring single passenger vehicles, especially SUVs and large trucks. We have one of the Most active bike safety advocates in the country. and it's still a struggle. It's pretty. outrageous that we can't get separated bike lanes on Valencia street, the epicenter of cycling.
I don't know if SF is worse than any other city, I think visiting Austin and seeing how freeways are built in Houston and Dallas and also Florida, there is not anything well run and free from corruption in the USA like there is in Japan or Western Europe. Maybe the USA is just not built to create a safe and healthy environment since we have so many people in oil and gas, the car industry and selfish rich people in big cars.