With San Francisco waterfront activists threatening a public ballot measure on their proposed $1 billion arena project, the Golden State Warriors owners have trimmed their design a bit to assuage some concerns that it would be a great hulking eyesore that would take up precious public space on the bay. Design 3.0 (their name, not mine) would include a slightly smaller roof, a slightly smaller seating capacity, more public green space, and “a gently sloping shop-lined path with a switchback,” because who doesn’t like switchbacks?
Depending on your perspective, this is either an indication that public opposition to the project is forcing the Warriors to work toward a compromise, or, what’s that you say, former mayor Art Agnos?
“It just sounds like window dressing,” Agnos said of the design changes. “The bottom line is this is a mega real estate project.”
Yeah, this sucker is still headed for a public vote. The only question is whether the San Francisco public’s legendary disdain for large construction projects can be overcome by the universal human love for switchbacks.