SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)— A proposed expansion of San Francisco’s Moscone Center has some residents in the city’s SoMa District upset over height issues, but with tech and tourism driving local industry, the only way to build just might be up.
Former SF Mayor Willie Brown joined in the discussion on why height has always played such a factor in what gets built in the city and why so many people object.
When they first built the Moscone Center (completed in 1981), you have to remember that was pretty much Skid Row with plenty of low-income housing. There were a lot of height fights going on in San Francisco about how tall things could be. Basically they cut a deal where they built it underground and that would leave it short.