The Multi Generational Problem of Paying for Downtown San Francisco’s Protective Sea Wall

The City of San Francisco, CA, a finalist in the third round of the City Accelerator, is focused on finding viable and sustainable ways of funding public infrastructure.
by The City of San Francisco | February 16, 2016 AT 10:00 AM
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The City of San Francisco, CA is a finalist in the third round of the City Accelerator, which is focused on finding viable and sustainable ways of funding public infrastructure. Your feedback on its story map will inform final selection of the cities.

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What is San Francisco proposing?

The city of San Francisco is focused on assembling a long term municipal financing plan for their coastal sea wall protecting a densely developed downtown core. Understanding that this will be a multi-generational project, officials are most interested in conceptualizing a budgeting and public engagement strategy that can endure a near term change in administrations as well as sustain public support 10, 20, 30 years from today. As cities around the world begin to reconcile the very real and unpredictable consequences of sea level rise and increased seismic vulnerability, San Francisco is looking to draw upon the City Accelerator to explore innovative financing options to fund sea wall upgrades now and ongoing maintenance costs over several decades.

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On: 03-23-2016

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Sidonie

On: 03-08-2016

The seawall is critical to downtown San Francisco, and downtown San Francisco is critical to the region, state and nation. Rebuilding should be a no-brainer!

Patricia Fonseca

On: 03-03-2016

Important work that needs to happen in SF. It will become a model for many other waterfront cities around the world.

dennis hannon

On: 03-02-2016

Yes, do it while we can

Diane

On: 03-01-2016

I looked at all the cities pitches and definately think SF did THE best job of explaining the proposal as well as a detailed, easy to understand description with value added pictures. I think this is a very viable project that should begin sooner than later, given the potential for damage to valuable properties and revenue generating spaces. Good luck SF!!

Rodney

On: 03-01-2016

This is an essential project that will fortify and enhance our waterfront. Other Cities such as Seattle are currently implementing seawall replacement projects with tremendous success.

Stan Hayes

On: 02-29-2016

This is critical infrastructure project, in which public support, political will, and municipal financing will have to extend over many years. Break-through innovation is required to make all of this work. But, the payoff is huge for all of San Francisco, and for the many other cities having similar multi-generational challenges.

John K.

On: 02-29-2016

The city of San Francisco needs to develop a framework for viable financing and implementation efforts related to the ever-growing climate adaptation, resiliency and sustainability needs of the community.

Eric Z.

On: 02-29-2016

SF needs this now.

Keith Primdahl

On: 02-29-2016

Critical, well presented, good model for other cities.

Mark C.

On: 02-29-2016

Don't underestimate the impact of rising sea levels.

Julia Viera

On: 02-28-2016

The SF Embarcadero is one of the great waterfronts of the world. The citizens of The City voted in the 1990s to preserve it with the Waterfront Plan Advisory Board--the group of appointees who worked 5 years on the project. The restored Ferry Building is one result. This port is an American treasure, and should be protected at all costs.

Mark

On: 02-27-2016

This is very important. Well done.

Paul

On: 02-27-2016

Great to see SF think long term about climate, financing, and quality of life.

Brigitte Davila

On: 02-27-2016

We need to be innovative and think ahead on this!

Anne Halsted

On: 02-27-2016

This is a truly important and critical project!

Bev

On: 02-27-2016

I agree that we should do everything possible to preserve our waterfront and the rest of the city.

Norma Jean

On: 02-27-2016

With The Embarcadero regularly flooded, it's been clear for some time that action must be taken. With the unnatural waterfront foundation, it's amazing the sea wall has lasted this long.

antje

On: 02-27-2016

fantastic project!

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On: 02-27-2016

As mayor of San Francisco I will turn our water Front intoa giant homeless shelter for women and children families singles with pets and so on in alcoholics and drug addicts and mental problems around the pier 94 let's stop trying to redevelop property that has already been developed and Customer are happy where their businesses are located let's use these run down buildings refurbish them turn them into low income shelters or homeless homes for everyone thank you for your support.

Ken

On: 02-27-2016

This is something that we need to do asap.

max loewenstein

On: 02-27-2016

There is a definite need for seismic upgrade of the San Francisco seawall over the next decade to insure stability and security of existing developments along and on both sides of the Embarcadero thoroughfare. Funding must be assembled from a variety of sources and City Accelerator is a promising core fund to build on.

Richard Justice

On: 02-27-2016

Impressed!

Bruce

On: 02-27-2016

The sea wall is literally the foundation of the infrastructure that supports the City and, essentially, the Bay Region. Maintaining this infrastructure's resiliency is key to the ongoing interaction between the Bay and the City that benefits residents and visitors near and far.

T. F. Brown

On: 02-27-2016

Go for it!

Joe Boss

On: 02-27-2016

San Francisco is a very young City that has been grown up very quickly through happenstance well beyond great planning. A seawall built to separate the naturally formed bay and harbor due to the great wealth generated by the gold and silver in the middle of the 18 hundreds. land was scarce for building a city the harbor too shallow to bring shipping close to were commerce . The solution was the build seawall using abandoned ships and debris to form a separation between the land and the water. that seawall is over 100 years old, and served the region well.. It is urgent that we rebuild and strengthen it now for sea level change. so that San francisco can survive and grow for the next 100 years.

Chris

On: 02-27-2016

This is an essential part of building a resilient city, and one of the most important projects in our generation for San Francisco and the Bay Area.

Stewart Morton

On: 02-27-2016

San Francisco's SEAWALL is incredibly important to the city's infra structure and equally important to maintaining its history.

Adam

On: 02-27-2016

The seawall is a critical and often under-looked asset protecting downtown San Francisco and its historic waterfront from sea level rise and seismic activity.

Craig

On: 02-27-2016

A great start to a vital project to protect public safety and infrastructure while helping to preserve SF's historic waterfront.

Diante

On: 02-27-2016

The Great Seawall is the invisible backbone that has enabled the Port to evolve and transform into the vibrant urban waterfront and public gathering place we enjoy today. Its function to also protect the edge of the City and upland public infrastructure and neighborhoods is essential. This production does an amazing job in explaining the history, public values, and functional necessity for investment to protect and strengthen the Seawall. Let's get started.

Kim

On: 02-27-2016

A very important project indeed! Let's save our waterfront and protect our beautiful city.

Monique

On: 02-26-2016

The seawall provides so many things for San Francisco and the Bay. It is a critical infrastructure element that protects flooding & provides stability. But it also is a critical maritime transportation link that facilitates both access & egress and has served vitally during two major earthquakes to date. And it is an important historical element linking the region's flamboyant past (Gold Rush, Panama Pacific World Fair, World War II defense) to today's definition of a truly modern & international city.

EJ

On: 02-26-2016

Wow, very informative presentation! I didn't realize the seawall was there until recently. I guess I've just been too busy enjoying the wonderful waterfront to notice. ;) I would love to continue to experience the waterfront and would hope my future grandkids could too. Let's fund this important infrastructure project. SF is a world class city and deserves it. This could be a major public works project that creates many new jobs and opportunities!!!

Susan Kearney

On: 02-26-2016

Excellent pitch for a project that's critical to San Francisco's future.

CJS

On: 02-26-2016

A must do critical project--vital for the future of our waterfront, our infrastructure, our safety, and our community.

Alec Bash

On: 02-26-2016

San Franciscans and people all over the country and world love San Francisco's waterfront. It is a National Register Historic District and compellingly beautiful in so many different ways. Innovative financing options will clearly be essential for an infrastructure project ambitious enough to protect this key element of what is often considered America's favorite city.

Susan

On: 02-26-2016

Great pitch, great city!

David thomas

On: 02-26-2016

This projects in a major job that needs done to protect the maritime commerce and the city dwellers !!

David thomas

On: 02-26-2016

Please !! The infra structure is needed before it gets worse !!

Bonnie Fisher

On: 02-26-2016

The Great Seawall has served our city well for more than a hundred years and it is now time to reinvest in its improvement for the future, in response to the need for additional seismic stability and sea level rise protection. At the same time, the improvement of the seawall should be designed as a great act of city building that will enrich the bay environment and create a distinctive and sustainable public realm.

A.T.

On: 02-26-2016

Important project that will benefit many many generations to come.

David Cohn

On: 02-26-2016

Beyond simply protecting the city at large, the area around the seawall has become home for much of the cultural and commercial activity that defines San Francisco to the world at large: Fisherman's Wharf, the Ferry Building, the Exploratorium and the tall ships at the San Francisco Maritime National Park.

Philip

On: 02-26-2016

This collaboration carries the possibility of meeting the challenge, first I've seen!

Gerry Tierney

On: 02-26-2016

Without a strengthened seawall there is no Embarcadero or signature San Francisco waterfront. This is a critical piece of San Francisco's built environment infrastructure.

Lisa

On: 02-26-2016

The San Francisco Sea Wall is essential to the City.

Don L

On: 02-26-2016

I cannot think of a better response to the inevitable rising of the oceans -- and San Francisco Bay

A.T.

On: 02-26-2016

Important project that will benefit many many generations to come.

D Carl

On: 02-26-2016

This is essential to the future of this beautiful City

Chad M

On: 02-26-2016

There is no question that this project is vital to San Francisco's future.

D Carl

On: 02-26-2016

This is essential to the future of this beautiful City

Robert

On: 02-26-2016

We must invest in SF infrastructure to ensure SF remains the world's premier travel destination and home to many of the world's top companies. Our future economy depends on it. The seawall has been neglected for too long. As tides increase with global warming, we must improve it and maintain it.

PN

On: 02-26-2016

I support his project!

David H

On: 02-26-2016

San Francisco is a world class city with a vital waterfront that needs urgent protection on its seawall to maintain its beauty from the threatening of sea level rising.

Anonymous

On: 02-26-2016

Absolutely critical!

Margaret

On: 02-26-2016

Love it for SF!!

Doug

On: 02-26-2016

This is an IMPORTANT topic!

YO

On: 02-26-2016

It would be no Citi without this seawall.

Yan Okupnik

On: 02-26-2016

As far as I can tell, this is the most important project in the Citi's recent history.

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On: 02-26-2016

The seawall preservation is an absolute necessity!

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On: 02-26-2016

Sea level rising impact on high dense commercial centers along the coast line is not only San Francisco issue, it is also State and National issue. San Francisco leading the effort is commendable.

TC

On: 02-26-2016

Imagine no seawall.

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On: 02-26-2016

This is the kind project that could serve up valuable lessons for other cities. Eventually every coast city will start proactively planning for sea level rise, the more we can learn to inform those efforts, the better.

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On: 02-26-2016

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RI

On: 02-26-2016

The seawall is vital to the city. We, as a community, need to involve both public and private investment in strengthening and developing the waterfront. Don't let the NIMBYs continue to endanger the future of this beautiful area of the city.

Jennifer S.

On: 02-26-2016

Imperative to save the sea wall & protect San Francisco!

Rich B

On: 02-26-2016

The least visible part of the land/water interface is where we find one of most important functions of the City and the Port: maintaining the seawall that protects the downtown from the Bay. It is essential for seismic safety and the unfortunate but inevitable rise of the sea.

Cathy L

On: 02-26-2016

Save the seawall.

Bo B

On: 02-26-2016

San Francisco's largest income is tourist and recreation. The Port must change its pure maritime focus and must reflect the push coming for the next few generations. This balance between maritime and tourist, recreation must be settled. If we aren't going to return SF shoreline back to its original marshes, then we must build up the seawalls to protect the coming changing -especially along the developing southern water front.

Paul Oliva

On: 02-26-2016

For decades the vulnerability of the cityfront and its pier infrastructure has been a grave concern, even without the threat of sea level rise. The lack of breakwaters, high tidal range, wind effects, and large wakes from commercial vessels have always been cause for serious concern. Sea level rise massively compounds the severity of these threats. At the same time, the San Francisco waterfront is a critical national economic and cultural resource. It deserves long-term attention, strategic thinking, and resources.

K. Reyes

On: 02-26-2016

The San Francisco Waterfront is a unique icon, visited and seen in all forms of media. There are many challenges to maintaining such an important location and long term financing to maintain the seawall to project the integrity and several other benefits to the City of San Francisco. In addition, it will provide continued beauty to the city as well as to the world.

Marie

On: 02-26-2016

Save the seawalk. Worthy project.

Suzette

On: 02-26-2016

This project is essential for the benefit of all who come to experience this beautiful City and it's historic and versatile Waterfront.

EO

On: 02-26-2016

Exciting Project!! Beneficial to ALL!!

Eleanore Fernandez

On: 02-26-2016

City deserves to have its public infrastructure that is well maintained and well funded to sustain it for future generations...

RM

On: 02-26-2016

A CRITICAL PROJECT FOR THE SAFETY OF THE RESIDENTS AND THE ECONOMIC VITALITY OF SAN FRANCISCO. The structural integrity of Northern Waterfront seawall is essential in protecting major portions of the city from devastating floods, continuing maritime services, maintain the economic and recreational vitality of the San Francisco waterfront.

Bob

On: 02-26-2016

Save the sea wall

Sandra

On: 02-26-2016

"By the sea, by the sea, by the beautiful sea...". By. Not under. Save the seawall and the City.

Diana Taylor

On: 02-26-2016

The reunification of the public with its waterfront due to the effects of the Loma Prieta earthquake is a miracle that requires continuing infrastructure maintenance and sustainability.

Patti

On: 02-26-2016

Far reaching thinking is critical

Paul Osmundson

On: 02-26-2016

Bay Area and San Francisco residents and visitors are fortunate to be able to enjoy many of the country's most dramatic engineering and construction landmarks - the Golden Gate and Bay Bridge, Alcatraz, Treasure Island, the Ferry Building and many more. The Seawall is an engineering landmark and deserves the highest level of attention from all levels of government.

Jill R

On: 02-26-2016

Very worthwhile project!

Brad Benson

On: 02-26-2016

The Port was founded through construction of the seawall. This project will allow the City think through its long-term resiliency plans, including what a new shoreline may look like.

Terri L

On: 02-26-2016

Select San Francisco as a cohort city and help preserve the vital history and vibrant nature of the City for generations to come.

David C

On: 02-26-2016

With the incredible forces that cities are faced with and the lack of funding for critical infrastructure, such as Seawalls which are often woefully overlooked and taken for granted, it's imperative that we find solutions to repair, restore, and improve these systems. San Francisco makes a great case for what's needed and outlines the scope and scale of the issue very well. We need to address this now and anything that the City Accelerator can do to assist San Francisco find a path to financing this lynchpin to the city's long term viability and health will pay dividends for decades.

Greg Cory

On: 02-26-2016

As a land use advisory firm with 30+years experience of working in the City we are intimately aware of the importance of this initiative to the economic well being and vitality of the City. The Embarcadero, which is the central part of the seawall, is the gravitational heart of the vibrancy of San Francisco. Yes, there are other iconic and important nodes (the Golden Gate Bridge, Presidio, Mission Bay, SOMA, etc.), but the waterfront is key, not just to residents, but visitors alike. At last count San Francisco receives over 18 million visitors annually, and surveys show between 40 and 45 percent of them visit at least one part of the waterfront between Fisherman's Wharf and the Ferry Building during their visit. Nearly 55 percent of these visitors utilize some form of public transit that is either accessible from, or provides service to, the waterfront. 10,000 commuters a day pass through the Ferry Building, whose weekly farmer's market serves over 1 million patrons a year. The importance of protecting the seawall cannot be overstated.

Dave W

On: 02-26-2016

Great story map; and much needed proposal for such an important waterfront.

AJ

On: 02-26-2016

This project seems of considerable importance not only to the protection of historical buildings and the City's economics but ultimately for the safety of it's residents and the constant flow of visitors.

Tom H

On: 02-26-2016

Neither seen nor heard, but San Franciscans and visitors alike get to experience the built environment and the enriching experiences and memories that this critical infrastructure of our shoreline enables. Future generations should have the same opportunities to enrich their lives. Let us find a way to preserve the seawall.

JTE

On: 02-26-2016

The structural integrity of Northern Waterfront seawall is essential to the economic and recreational vitality of the San Francisco waterfront. A sound seawall will enable the continued preservation of historic structures, maintain embarkations for maritime ferry service and excursions; as well as protecting major portions of the city from devastating floods. It is the true link between the city and the bay.

EL

On: 02-26-2016

A critical project for the waterfront and the City.

Steve D

On: 02-26-2016

An important project that balances urban vitality and livability, historic preservation, and resiliency to natural hazards. The City's long-range plan appears to be insightful and moving forward with the regional support necessary. The presentation was very intriguing and well produced.

Jim Herrenbruck

On: 02-26-2016

I think this project needs to be done due to the raising seas from globe warming. I can stand behind this project.

Jim

On: 02-26-2016

Great project and so very important.

Al Schaffer

On: 02-26-2016

The sea well upgrade is essential for San Francisco's safety and vitality and continued development.

Haze Rodgers

On: 02-26-2016

Great project that is of critical importance.

Keith Goldstein

On: 02-26-2016

Sensible and forward-thinking.

Elaine Andersson

On: 02-26-2016

Few people realize that much of San Francisco's economic activity - the financial district, SOMA, Mission Bay - is built on bay fill, and that without a seawall, it would be underwater. It is critically important that we protect the economic infrastructure of the city.

Tom Walker

On: 02-26-2016

A thorough and balanced presentation of the urgent need to expedite planning for preservation of the historic character of the waterfront while addressing enormous seismic and climate-related challenges. Revenue streams for these infrastructure projects must be identified.

Angela Calvillo

On: 02-26-2016

An essential project for San Francisco presented beautifully by City staff. Congrats!

Gary Hoy

On: 02-26-2016

This City is an essential part of America's history and the preservation of its infrastructure a task that requires constant planning, advocacy and implementation. It’s heartening to see this beautifully developed proposal as well as the forethought the Capital Planning Committee demonstrates in this and in their annual Capital Plan. Their example of analysis, planning, and the development of resources to solve the multitude of problems they face is a testament to good government!

Anonymous

On: 02-26-2016

Yes; very important for San Francisco!

Elaine

On: 02-26-2016

A financing puzzle that is a must solve for the future of San Francisco's waterfront, sections of the downtown and critical transit and utility infrastructure.

IM

On: 02-26-2016

We owe it to future residents of this city to find a way to preserve this beautiful waterfront.

Frederick Allardyce

On: 02-26-2016

It's time to really take advantage of Our Waterfront. From Pier 27 to The Bay Bridge and further, San Francisco should celebrate what we control. Copy what Crissy Field's re-make has created. From the Golden Gate Bridge to The Golden Gate Yacht Club San Francisco today celebrates our North Waterfront. As San Franciscans we can bring a spectacular change to our waterfront from Fisherman's Wharf to Hunter's Point. Just visualize an open waterfront with new beaches, winding trails for walking, running, fishing and just playing. It may be hard to visualize, but we own it. Presently there has been little change from the maritime use of our historic port. Pier 27 has a new Cruise Ship Terminal, The Exporatorium encourages us to imagine, The Ferry Building and it's excellent food courts/restaurants entertains us and the new lighting of the Bay Bridge celebrates our nighttime on the Bay. But the rest of the buildings on the Waterfront, the piers, storage sheds, etc should be removed and replaced by a New Chrissy Field. You might think this can not be done or is to costly. But we own our Waterfront. The Port of San Francisco is the custodian for us of our Waterfront. There are no plans for redevelopment of this portion of our Waterfront that require there to be any buildings. All of the past and present proposals for future use of the existing Piers, Bulk Head Buildings, Parking facilities, etc do not have to be on Our Waterfront. Those uses could be located in other parts of our eastern waterfront, but not on the waterfront. The cost of this reclamation would be surprisingly in-expensive. This plan could be brought to fruition over several decades, just like the remake of Chrissy Field from an airport to the most celebrated portion of our north waterfront. Remember, we as San Franciscans own the piers and sheds from Piers 29 to Hunters Point. Instead of turning these buildings into storage or business or hotels or some other use that brings clutter to our skyline and future traffic issues to The Embarcadero we can remove them. To be replaced by a re-born waterfront that can last for everyone to enjoy, not for just the next generation of San Franciscians and tourists, but as long as you can imagine. The future beaches, bicycle paths, walking and running trails, picnic tables, and vistas of our Bay could be, perhaps the most valuable gift we can give our future. The choice is ours. Don't be afraid to celebrate your imagination. Frederick Allardyce - Recreation and Open Space for The Waterfront.

Harry

On: 02-26-2016

Divert funding from treasure island redevelopment to help with seawall for downtown. New development on treasure island is not necessary

Ed Coyne

On: 02-26-2016

The Waterfront defines San Francisco as the beautiful vibrant place it is to live, work and play. Protecting this glorious asset is of the first order of importance for the entire Bay Area which benefits from the City's central role in commerce, transportation and housing. We cannot afford to ignore this critical infrastructure.

zta

On: 02-26-2016

Let's do it

AB

On: 02-26-2016

It is a critical project and should be done soon

Richard Skewes

On: 02-26-2016

I think this project is vital to the future of San Francisco.

MVH

On: 02-26-2016

VERY important not only to the City and County of SF, to fund this project, but to the future generations in the area, and to the balance of the world who count City of San Francisco as part of their world too. Fund the Project!

Anonymous

On: 02-26-2016

San Francisco's unique position needs protection from tsunami and earthquake hazards.

Sandor

On: 02-26-2016

As a nine year old, this is important to my future.

Kirk Bennett

On: 02-26-2016

In 2006, the Port of San Francisco Embarcadero Historic District was placed on the National Register of Historic Places, recognizing the unique historic significance of the historic resources located within this district. The San Francisco Seawall was identified and recognized as one of critical resources contributing to this historic significance. Saving this seawall is thus an urgent national priority.

Brett Bowman

On: 02-26-2016

I live in San Francisco and think this is VERY IMPORTANT.

Elek

On: 02-26-2016

We need this. If we don't have this the coastal part of San Francisco on the bay will be under water in 50 years.

John Gouchon

On: 02-26-2016

We need to be prepared for what is inevitably coming. Sea level rise and earthquakes will happen. The seawall is essential to the waterfront and needs to be upgraded.

Lawrence Brown

On: 02-26-2016

Important project for San Francisco

Anonymous

On: 02-26-2016

I THINK THE CITY SHOULD HAVE: 1) THE SF GIANTS PAY FOR HALF OF THE SEA WALL. THEY GET A HUGE BENEFIT FROM THE SEA WALL BASED UPON THEIR STADIUM LOCATION AND NOW THEY HAVE THE PARKING LOT THAT THEY ARE DEVELOPING 2) THE GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS SHOULD HELP SUPPORT THE SEA WALL 3) CRUISE LINES SHOULD HELP SUPPORT THE SEAWALL. 4) SF MUNI SHOULD HELP SUPPORT THE SEA WALL.

William Alschuler

On: 02-26-2016

We need to get this going. Redoing the seawall for seismic and ocean rise protection is essential if we want the city to survive what is coming down the pike....

Geraldo Burducci

On: 02-26-2016

Let's do this! Proper approach to a huge problem, and I'm all for it.

Whitney B

On: 02-26-2016

Essential infrastructure investment for long term viability of san francisco and it's beautiful waterfront!

Lee Radner

On: 02-26-2016

Let's go for it. Sounds like a proper proposal to protect & improve our Waterfront. Lee Radner

Barbara Boyle

On: 02-26-2016

We need this Seawall to protect us from rising seas.

L Holmes

On: 02-26-2016

Seawall repair is essential! Support this effort for the next generations of San Franciscans and all visitors of the City!

Sarah B

On: 02-26-2016

The many units of new housing that are going to be built on the east and south-east waterfronts (which will be extremely profitable to developers) should include impact fees to help fund improvement/repairs to the seawall.

Peter K

On: 02-26-2016

Glad to hear we are thinking ahead on this. As someone who lives close to the water front, I would support not only the $1/hotel night tax, but also support a small tax on all San Francisco residents, with possibly those residents and businesses closer to the waterfront paying more on a sliding scale than those residents/businesses further from, and therefore benefitting less from, the waterfront protection. Ten to thirty years out we should be able to generate sufficient revenues dedicated to this very important project

PW

On: 02-26-2016

I enjoy the benefits of living along Mission Creek and by extension the Embarcadero and the Bay. I learned a lot from the presentation about the infrastructure of this area. No doubt, it is essential to upgrade the seawall.

Boris Delepine

On: 02-25-2016

Please support this project. The Great Seawall protects our waterfront, an integral part of our City's identity and culture.

KJ

On: 02-25-2016

This project must need to be funded

Rich

On: 02-25-2016

Even if sea levels do not rise, the seawall needs to be seismically strengthened.

Henry

On: 02-25-2016

I think San Francisco will benefit immensely by this project. Thank you for the information and article. Good Luck SF!!!

Tom

On: 02-25-2016

Sounds terrific and much-needed for SF!

Kathy Mattes

On: 02-25-2016

This is an extremely critical issue for San Francisco that needs to be addressed now, so that proper planning an be done.

Diane Kretschmer

On: 02-25-2016

This is a most important issue which needs some resolution and direction in the near future so that the city infrastructure is protected into the future.

Ron Brown

On: 02-25-2016

The waterfront is an essential part of San Francisco, We must upgrade and maintain the seawall for us and future generations of San Francisco. To not do so would be short sighted and irresponsible. We as a nation need to start rebuilding our infrastructure or we will all be paying a greater price for it later on.

Rachel

On: 02-25-2016

Looks like an interesting take.

Susan Brown

On: 02-25-2016

Presentation was well done and I support the plan on many levels. On a personal level our families livelihood depends on tourism along Fisherman's Wharf. Preserving the history of San Francisco's waterfront should be a top priority for the city. Unfortunately that doesn't seem to matter to most merchants.

Karen Alschuler

On: 02-25-2016

There is nothing like the excitement at the edge of a City on the water -- a place that belongs to everyone, offering broad views the city form and fabric, and signaling civic opportunity and responsibility. In San Francisco that city edge and its 4-mile seawall are literally and poetically the foundation of city life. Challenges cannot be met on a project by project basis but require coordinated, long-term funding and planning. I salute the Port of San Francisco for its leadership in this initiative.

Lynda Swanson

On: 02-25-2016

The seawall was essential to creating the city of SF...without it there would have been no port. Now, roughly 100 years later, the seawall is essential to preserving the edge of the city. How can we not do it?

Chris Kolly

On: 02-25-2016

Costly and extensive, but necessary. Preparation for the inevitable will be far cheaper and less disruptive than damage control when the seawall is overwhelmed.

Simon Snellgrove

On: 02-25-2016

Essential to preserve not only the Waterfront but the quality of the entire City, Kudos to the Port for long term planning.

Vivian Anthony

On: 02-25-2016

I strongly support this effort!

LG

On: 02-25-2016

Great presentation guys!

Amy

On: 02-25-2016

Save the Seawall!

Boris Dramov

On: 02-25-2016

This is an extremely important project that will shape not only the waterfront, but also the city well into the future. The project should be pursued as one of the highest priorities in the city and funding should be assembled from as many potential sources as possible. The seawall improvement design should address multiple objectives, including seismic stability, shoreline protection and sea level rise as well as public access, enhanced views to the bay and the creation of an artful and aesthetic quality that reinforces this special place.

SKB

On: 02-25-2016

Repair of the entire sea wall is essential

Marvin Jensen

On: 02-25-2016

Repair of the San Francisco sea wall is essential.

Robert

On: 02-25-2016

How will the seawall protect SF from a 66" or more rise in sea level? What is the scope of work being proposed?

Tanya

On: 02-25-2016

Great presentation! It is an issue worth the time and effort.

SF Local

On: 02-25-2016

I would like to see proposals that could include low (tourist) taxes on hotels. Collecting a $1 from every hotel room per night occupied for the next 100 years would pay for this.

Diana Oertel

On: 02-25-2016

I'm committed to the health of the waterfront, and long term planning is required.

Robin Chiang

On: 02-25-2016

I'm in favor of initiating this as soon as possible so all issues can be aired and studied (facts, myths, challenges, alternatives--try to be inclusive and objective). Everything takes so long to decide, longer to finance and even longer to implement, but please don't short change the planning process.

Start the SF Seawall Plan

On: 02-25-2016

I'm glad that the city of SF is assembling a plan to combat sea level rising + potential earthquakes that will hit the region. These are necessary steps to provide the citizens of SF with safety and security.

Jeffrey Betcher

On: 02-25-2016

The vision described here strikes me as a robust first step. I need to know more the plan to protect the rest of the City (and peninsula), where significant public investment is being made, from the same sea level rise.

Maryta Piazza

On: 02-25-2016

Thank you for the presentation. There's more at stake here than the Embarcadero: BART stairwells, the financial district back to our original shoreline by Montgomery Street. This would be a long term project which can't wait until it's too late. Latest science has targeted 2050 as the year of real problems. We should begin now to save our city.

Marty Coressel

On: 02-25-2016

A viable plan for San Francisco's waterfront is needed and fully deserves any and all support it can get.

Cathleen FOGEL

On: 02-25-2016

I strongly support this

Cathy FOGEL

On: 02-25-2016

This is the best!

Ujjal Kohli

On: 02-25-2016

I support the SF seawall.

Harvey Schwartz

On: 02-25-2016

Nothing like planning ahead. San Francisco needs a seawall upgrade to maintain its economic, geographic, and social base. Since the old seawall dates from 1878, the need for action is obvious given the threats from earth quakes and a rising sea level problem. So five stars in support of the project are called for. Thanks you.

Catherine (Katy) Liddell

On: 02-25-2016

The San Francisco waterfront is so precious to so many people -- residents and visitors alike. It has become even more enjoyable over the past decades after the Embarcadero Freeway was demolished and the waterfront became more accessible to all of us. We must assure it is preserved and maintained as we go forward. As it is, it is crumbling into the Bay. San Francisco's waterfront is a National Treasure and fully deserves any and all support it can get.

Carol

On: 02-25-2016

We need sea wall upgrades. I support creative, thoughtful plans to complete and finish this project over the next 20-30 years.

Marcy Coburn

On: 02-25-2016

Yes this!

Paul Liao

On: 02-25-2016

Yes, assure the long term future of the waterfront

Lauren

On: 02-25-2016

Excellent idea if I do say so myself :-)

Doug Biederbeck

On: 02-25-2016

It is wise to begin thinking ahead on this issue.

Keith

On: 02-25-2016

The City will massively shrink, literally and financially, if the seawall is not improved. Well done.

Jon Loiacono

On: 02-25-2016

We need to maintain the civil infrastructure that supports our society

Mike G

On: 02-25-2016

Absolutely essential to put forth a construction and funding plan to comprehensively rebuild the SF seawall and fortify against current and future threats related to seismic activity and sea-level rise. The current project-by-project approach is inefficient and potentially damaging from an urban design perspective.

SAC

On: 02-25-2016

Vital

Susan

On: 02-25-2016

San Francisco's future relies on its sea wall

Chris A

On: 02-25-2016

San Francisco's seawall protects more than just the city core. this area is the anchor of prosperity for the entire northern california region, and critical infrastructure maintenance must be carefully managed and invested in.

Susan

On: 02-25-2016

This is a great presentation that really describes the importance of the sea wall.

Marcel Deste

On: 02-25-2016

The Global Warming excuse is simply further exploitation of the massive fraud that the entire "Global warming" (changed to (the weather ie climate change).. Im a native SFian. We need a tsunami wall off ocean beach LONG BEFORE we need to do anything for changing weather. The real threat of an asteroid or comet hitting the ocean and producing a 100 foot tidal wave is far bigger a threat than the average temperature changing over the next 50 years. All these global warming scheems are only to produce jobs for democrat voters in unions. Remember how "diamond lanes" were produced for exactly what? Cant remember why a 100 billion dollars later ? That was the whole idea folks.

Alan Entine

On: 02-25-2016

I believe that the San Francisco sea wall financing plan is a well conceived and necessary effort to preserve the city of San Francisco from the dangers of rising sea levels in the years and decades ahead. Please give this plan the attention it deserves and approve the funding for it. Thank you.

Tom

On: 02-25-2016

A progressive city that can be a model and leader for other cities around the nation and the globe.

Robert

On: 02-25-2016

Everyone who appreciates San Francisco (the place and the idea), whether they live here or not, should support responsible efforts to restore the seawall. Pass this on to your friends and neighbors.

Steve Crow

On: 02-25-2016

I found this to be so informative. I have lived/owned my home in SF for 11 years, but only knew a tiny fraction of this information. I'm always impressed at how SF is constantly trying to be PROactive, instead of REactive, when it comes to keeping our city in good working order for future generations. It cost a lot of money to do this, but I'm glad officials realize the importance of finding a way to get the money for such an important proactive/preventative project, instead of doing what many cities have done, saying they don't have the money in the budget right now. That works fine until the disaster does happen (and it always will eventually happen), then it costs the cities 5-10 times the original cost, and with significantly more inconvenience and loss to quality of life.

Ron Blatman

On: 02-25-2016

San Francisco Bay is a national treasure and rebuilding the city's historic Seawall is absolutely vital for economic, ecological and aesthetic reasons. San Francisco is the perfect showcase for such an initiative as the city is the center of the global technology and clean tech industries, is known worldwide as an environmental leader and is at the forefront of looking at ways to best adapt to climate change and sea-level rise as we are surrounded by water on three sides.

Howard Wong, AIA

On: 02-25-2016

San Francisco epitomizes the long, complex public dialogues and public policy battles that created a unique balance iof big/human scale, legendary geographic beauty, economic prosperity, cultural diversity, maritime historicism, environmental leadership, historic preservation, labor partnerships and progressive politics---cinched together by its ancient sea wall belt.

Michael

On: 02-25-2016

Enhancing the San Francisco sea wall is essential to preserving one of the great waterfronts of the world. Ever since the old Embarcadero elevated freeway was torn down after the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, the new Embarcadero waterfront has become the new focus of life, culture, public access and commerce in the City by the Bay.

James S

On: 02-25-2016

A major issue for a City that often leads the way for the rest of the Nation in innovation and societal change. This problem can be solved but not by individual landowners. It is a City-wide, region-wide problem that takes leadership and a lot of committed dollars.

Mark Herman

On: 02-25-2016

The most compelling proposal

Ellen J

On: 02-25-2016

San Francisco must rehabilitate the Great Seawall. Its historical engineering serves as its legacy infrastructure supporting the Port of San Francisco and related maritime industry, water-dependent business, recreation and transportation along the waterfront.

Nancy Rea

On: 02-25-2016

The San Francisco waterfront is the most magical part of the city. But more importantly , that sea wall protects the entire business district and multiple neighborhoods. Seems like these repairs really can't be delayed. I wholeheartedly vote for fixing the Port of San Francisco.

Alice

On: 02-25-2016

Beyond critical; addressing the seawall is the keystone to addressing our city's entire infrastructure system.

Ellen Miramontes

On: 02-25-2016

This project is essential for the future safety and well-being of San Francisco residents and visitors.

NN

On: 02-25-2016

critical to the future of the city

Susan

On: 02-25-2016

Need to have a concrete plan to protect the coastal sea wall.

Donna

On: 02-25-2016

Interesting variety of simulations/visual used to make the case for San Francisco. I hope you choose the city by the bay as one of your finalists.

Anonymous

On: 02-25-2016

Who or what is City Accelerator? This Ned's to be stated before asking for an opinion.

Lin

On: 02-25-2016

Vital for the future of San Francisco

Mary

On: 02-25-2016

I fully support this project.

Justin Semion

On: 02-25-2016

Absolutely critical to the future safety and sustainability of the City of San Francisco.

Katherine

On: 02-25-2016

San Francisco is a city that will deal with the reality of climate change / projected sea level rise, in a state that will deal with the reality of climate change / projected sea level rise (unlike other cities that have the additional burden of denial: http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2015/12/21/the-siege-of-miami ). By digging into the realities of the technical and financing problems, by accepting San Francisco into the City Accelerator program, you can contribute to changing the national conversation. There isn't enough federal money to rescue all the at-risk areas -- much of the populated areas along the US coastlines + inland waterways -- so localities will have to partner & handle these enormous costs in unprecedented ways. Pick San Francisco as one of your three cities.

Jan Blum

On: 02-25-2016

Saving San Francisco from certain inundation due to climate change and aged infrastructure is a critical task. We are already experiencing damages to piers and Bayfront infrastructure from storm surge and sea rise particularly during King tides. I am very pleased San Francisco is developing a climate change strategy for one of the most visited cities in the world .

Anonymous

On: 02-25-2016

Did it need to be a clunky interactive? Found the format confusing, but picking through it the substance is there. Be better if it was also a written PDF.

Anne

On: 02-25-2016

Such a critical project for such a beautiful, unique, historic, and multi-use waterfront where people from all walks of life and from near and far live, work, and play each and every day.

Dran Buck

On: 02-25-2016

Maybe this effort can kick start all.the long range intrastructure programs in North America

Ray Hehman

On: 02-25-2016

Losing an effective seawall would be more catastrophic to SF than a 7 pt earthquake. However, I do not see how an outside entity like City Accelerator will do much more than complicate a City-State-Federal partnership that will be necessary to fix the situation. The close at home example being the Eastern span of the Bay Bridge. Don't understand what I am to rate: the Seawall problem (5 star) or this presentation of the issue (1 star).

Jan

On: 02-25-2016

The Embarcadero has become the new heart of the city. It is so important for so many reasons to save the whole sweeping bayfront. Let's do this!

arlene kimberly frohsin

On: 02-25-2016

Boster that WALL!

Tyrone Navarro

On: 02-25-2016

Nice presentation of a serious threat that could bring down this great City if not addressed. If any city could make good on the plans and promises it would be the City & County and Port of San Francisco.

DB

On: 02-25-2016

neccessary

Miriam Illencik

On: 02-25-2016

Frightening!!

Carel Veenhuyzen

On: 02-25-2016

The SF seawall is crucial infrastructure to the continuing success and ongoing evolution of central San Francisco. I strongly support this effort.

Jennifer Johnston

On: 02-25-2016

Absolutely critical.

David

On: 02-25-2016

This is a critical issue for all

RT

On: 02-25-2016

Yes, please provide the funding to help restore the Great Seawall to protect this particular iconic American City, San Francisco the Beautiful!

Eileen Leatherman

On: 02-25-2016

Absolutely essential

Mary Ruth Millner

On: 02-25-2016

Five Stars, absolutely!!!

TIna Lindinger (Dogpatch)

On: 02-25-2016

Living near the waterfront, I think this stretch gives San Francisco it's most appealing and diverse identity.

Bonnie Loyd

On: 02-25-2016

Yes, let's repair that historic seawall?

Deron

On: 02-25-2016

Excellent presentation of the need to fortify the San Francisco seawall to protect a much treasured part of the City for both Bay Area residents and tourists. It is time to address sea level rise and seismic vulnerability, and improve the seawall!

Barbara

On: 02-25-2016

This will soon be critical with water levels rising. Let's not wait until it's too late. Let's do it now.

Lee Robbins

On: 02-25-2016

Very important and generally well done; however the clickable links for the contours of fill, sesmic issues etc. need an explanation so those of us who click them can interpret them.

Anonymous

On: 02-25-2016

ps from Anonymous: This is a project gets 5 stars

Jeremy

On: 02-25-2016

Preserving, enhancing, strengthening the San Francisco seawall will ensure future generations access to the splendor of the bay, and could save the dynamic financial district and thousands of lives in case of a seismic disaster.

Mike N

On: 02-25-2016

Let's do it. We need to!

Anonymous

On: 02-25-2016

Great overview and problem description. This is doable. Gotta start now.

Deanna

On: 02-25-2016

Such an important need to maintain such a vital area not just to locals but to the millions who visit our beautiful City each year.

Chris

On: 02-25-2016

A critical piece of infrastructure that has proven difficult to fund via traditional avenues.

Dee Dee Workman

On: 02-25-2016

We need all the resources available to restore the sea wall and protect San Francisco from sea level rise.

Peter

On: 02-25-2016

Excellent presentation

David

On: 02-25-2016

Critical for the North East waterfront

Tiarra

On: 02-25-2016

This structural project is essential to protecting our City. Great work SF!

Tim

On: 02-24-2016

It's heartening to finally see the parameters of this urgent issue becoming explicit. It cannot happen soon enough. The challenge will be to gain the public's acceptance of the development necessary to pay for costly infrastructure. It's not clear the political will is there yet, but this is the right way to get the debate going. Well done!

Marcy

On: 02-24-2016

O know that resources are limited and needs are unlimited, but this seems to be a need that will benefit us all for many generations. Not finding the funding to take care of the seawall and keep it strong will have dire consequences for many, many people.

Renee

On: 02-24-2016

Fund the Great Seawall for San Francisco! For nearly a century, we have all used and depended upon the strength of this unsung hero! Let's keep it strong for future generations!

Uday Prasad

On: 02-24-2016

Failure of San Francisco's Great Seawall during a major seismic event will have major consequences to the City and Bay Area's economy. We must find a way to fund this project and complete the seismic rehabilitation of the Seawall before next big earthquake hits.

Joe Wyman

On: 02-24-2016

As a long term tenant along the NE Waterfront the seawall is vital component to our company's existence as well as many others. While not visible to thousands of pedestrians walking along the Embarcadero, without repair and strengthening of the seawall, many piers will have to be abandoned.

Pia Hinckle

On: 02-24-2016

San Francisco is one of the world's great cities, beloved both near and far. The lifespan of her seawall has come to an end and without public awareness and innovative financing, she is ever more vulnerable to collapse during a seismic event or due to climate change and rising sea levels. My children are fourth generation San Franciscans, for them and all the world's lovers of this city, please help rebuild our seawall.

Steve

On: 02-24-2016

How do you value three miles of free and open urban waterfront along one of the world's great natural harbors? So many funding complications with this one....Port enterprise agency, State Lands Public Trust, complex regulatory setting, significant finger pier and bulkhead National Historic District, regional financial and transportation center, grand promenade, tourism, inspiration for dreams big and small.....Bring it!

NG

On: 02-24-2016

This storyboard shows how many crucial economic, cultural, and civic parts of SF depend on a strong, resilient seawall

Amy

On: 02-24-2016

A very critical and very important project for the Port and the City.

Stephanie

On: 02-24-2016

This one focuses on intersection of two big, hairy problems (short-term attention span in public finance options, climate change) where innovation is essential and also will have great potential to inform other cities who face these challenges.

KC

On: 02-23-2016

Nicely done.

Robyn Purchia

On: 02-23-2016

San Francisco's seawall doesn't just support the waterfront, it supports the character and culture of the City. Engaging people in a multi-generational project will help native and newcomers feel they are contributing something important to San Francisco

Mindy

On: 02-23-2016

Great idea. Could become a global model for coastal and island communities who, with climate change, will be dealing with their rising waterfronts.

Srini Veerapaneni

On: 02-23-2016

Great proposal to tackle an important issue.

Doug

On: 02-23-2016

Critical for SF to tackle this significant challenge

Todd

On: 02-23-2016

Terrific proposal about a critical project. The unique communities, productive real estate, and historic architecture protected by this seawall deserve nothing but the best as we face rising seas and a warming planet. Great work!

Anonymous

On: 02-23-2016

The seawall - critical yet invisible!

Meghan

On: 02-23-2016

This is such an important project for preserving the waterfront as we know it today for future generations of San Franciscans, Californians and visitors from other states and around the world!

Patrick Moynahan

On: 02-23-2016

Mayor Ed Lee leading San Francisco’s resilience efforts via critical infrastructure investment and public awareness campaign.

Brian

On: 02-23-2016

Compelling and critically important. The seawall and what it supports goes beyond San Francisco to the entire Bay Area and the State of California.

Anonymous

On: 02-19-2016

The Water Emergency Transportation Authority ferries currently use terminals built on this vulnerable seawall -- meaning they might not even be able to fulfill their purpose as backup for BART/bridges in the event of a catastrophic earthquake. Also, the seawall is already breached by winter storms with king tides at least a few times per year. It seems well past time to take major action on this.

Chris Andrews

On: 02-19-2016

Establishing these long-term funding mechanisms to increase resiliency from climate change and potential disasters is critical for cities and regions globally. I am excited that San Francisco is taking a lead in implementing such measures.

margie

On: 02-18-2016

Forward thinking. smart. gotta love the City by the Bay. Way to go

Tina

On: 02-18-2016

Absolutely critical that San Francisco find the means to repair and upgrade the City's seawall.

John

On: 02-18-2016

Wow -- a critical, and nuanced, issue, with great presentation

Nap

On: 02-18-2016

This is definitely a critical need in San Francisco.

Annonymous

On: 02-18-2016

Compelling and critical in nature.

Bill

On: 02-17-2016

Great story, well presented. SF continues to be one of the most progressively thinking cities in the country, which in large part is why it is so economically vibrant.

Katriona

On: 02-17-2016

Impressive that the city is looking to develop a plan for sustained infrastructural change over a 30 year period- and taking action before problems arise.

Anonymous

On: 02-17-2016

Our grandchildren will thank us.

Anonymous

On: 02-17-2016

major multi-generational infrastructure challenge!

James

On: 02-17-2016

This is a vital and compelling project, especially in the light of increasing threats from climate change.

Anonymous

On: 02-17-2016

Fantastic - beautiful images, and a compelling story!

Joe

On: 02-16-2016

The transition of the Embarcadero with the addition of the baseball stadium has brought significant growth and excitement.