Before "the Green New Deal" became a catch-phrase for planetary sustainability championed by environmental activists and political progressives around the country, a visionary document prepared by the Golden Gate Village Resident Council in 2013 laid out a framework for the deep green renovation and retrofit envisioned by the community.
Here are a few excerpts from this proposal:
"There is no reason to doubt that GGV can become a state-of-the-art local economy, demonstrating the ability to create new science in sustainable design, retrofit and rehab, preserving historic legacy in architecture, place, and people."
"Developers too often assume the only way to build the case to protect or restore historic working class communities is to promise private profit and raise public tax revenues by increasing density...overlook(ing) the value people bring to place in the form of talent, ingenuity, and living history. 'Creative density' in people is the best platform for growth and reinvention, not density created by destroying open space or disintegrating legacy communities."
"(Our) approach shifts public spending from recurring subsidy to investment in self-sustaining, high local multiplier, organic growth."
Since 2013, the Marin Housing Authority and the Marin Board of Supervisors have ignored the residents' proposal and refused to meet with the Resident Council to consider the plan.
Now, however, the tide is turning.
Supported by a pro-bono team that includes two professional architects, a developer, four attorneys, a real estate CPA, public relations firm, and others, the Resident Council is developing detailed construction drawings along with a cost-benefit analysis and is prepared to challenge the MHA's assumptions at every turn.
As these plans are developed, we will share them on this site, so check back often for updates.
"Creativity density in people is the best platform for growth and reinvention, not density created by destroying open space or disintegrating legacy communities."
- Golden Gate Village Resident-Led Plan for Revitalization/Place Matters