San Francisco has a long history as a maritime city on the eastern waterfront. However, in the past few decades, other ports like Oakland have become more economically attractive, and our ports on the eastern waterfront are no longer active. As a result, much of the land we formerly needed for our port and shipping have been converted largely to offices and other commercial use.
We still have large amounts of land as a legacy of this history that are relatively under-utilized or vacant. The Hunters Point Ship Naval Yard, Pier 70 and India Basin are only the most prominent examples. Land formerly used for the maritime industry now offers the City an enormous opportunity to convert vacant or open land into housing and parks.
SFHAC believes that, through wise community planning, we should move to get our coastal underutilized land into more productive use.