San Francisco Chronicle: Treasure Island: potential future of urban life, April 20, 2011


As the immense Treasure Island project nears its final set of approvals, there's deserved scrutiny of issues like safety, transportation and the benefits the public should receive in return for allowing $1.5 billion of construction in the middle of San Francisco Bay.

The danger is that politics will obscure the larger issue if the project is approved: What gets built can't be business as usual or we'd be better off doing nothing at all. The design approach offers a tantalizing view of what urban life today could be, and that's exciting. But it's a blueprint, not a guarantee of success.