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Friday, January 23, 2009

Breaking News: S.F. Seeks $1.1 Billion Cash Stimulus for Airport, Lennar -- Nothing for Decrepit Public Housing

Posted By on Fri, Jan 23, 2009 at 10:22 AM

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Mayor Gavin Newsom has identified projects requiring more than than $1 billion in funds from the projected federal stimulus package, citing worthy money pits such as downtown transit; upgrading the city's water system; airport upgrades; and building sidewalks and sewage ditches at the former Hunters Point naval facility -- slated to become a Lennar-built housing development.

However, the request includes no mention of stalled projects to rebuild San Francisco's Calcutta-like public housing projects, such as the largely-boarded-up Hunters View. San Francisco's Housing Authority is rated "troubled" by the feds, because it's one of the most decrepit and rundown in America, with problems like open sewage, exposed wires, and leaks.

During his time as mayor, Newsom has repeatedly said he wishes to make rebuilding public housing a priority without following though with specific plans. Apparently, he's continuing this tradition with his new stimulus wish list.

The list can be viewed here.


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