Letters: Target would help moribund Polk Street 

“Supe takes Target cash,” The City, May 6

Target would help moribund Polk Street

I was glad to read that Target might want to take over the old site of the closed Lombardi Sports at Jackson and Polk streets, and surprised to read that “many neighbors have publicly opposed, fearing the Target store would be unfair competition for Polk Street stores.”

As a resident of the neighborhood for the past 33 years, I have to wonder: Which local businesses is the writer referring to? There’s a CVS store one block away and two Walgreens on Polk within three and a half blocks, but otherwise the neighborhood is quite dead in regards to competition. The Big Apple supermarket two blocks away, at Polk and Clay streets, closed last year and is vacant. The large Ahren’s Bakery one block away at Jackson Street and Van Ness Avenue closed more than 10 years ago and remains shuttered. Radio Shack, on Polk Street less than a half-block from Lombardi’s, is in the process of closing. City Discount next to Walgreens, which specialized in cooking tools, closed last year and remains unclaimed. Even the big Town School shop, kitty-corner to Lombardi’s, was vacated a couple of months ago and is empty. What is left?

I’m not necessarily a fan of Target, but I would welcome any new thriving business in this moribund neighborhood.

Max Millard

San Francisco

“Will the real Airbnb please stand up,” Opinion, May 11

NYC’s troubles with Airbnb

Steve Unger hit the nail on the head.

Airbnb is two-faced at best. The New York attorney general AG proved that 73 percent of Airbnb’s listing in New York City are illegal.

Now Airnbn wants a state law passed to allow them to pay taxes on their illegal operations.

San Francisco and Portland, Ore., have learned the Airbnb lesson. They will screw you.

In New York City, it has been legal to have a roomer or boarder stay in the apartment you occupy since 1929! Yet Airbnb says our laws restrict an apartment dweller’s rights to lease their extra room. Untrue.

But Airbnb is not concerned with truth, only their impeding IPO.

So in the Big Apple, we fight for our housing for residents, not tourists.

But we live on an island. We have nowhere to go!

Tom Cayler

West Side Neighborhood Alliance

New York, N.Y.

“Don’t listen to moratorium smear tactics,” On Guard, May 12

Ban would be a disaster

In response to Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez’s column, I would like Mr. Rodriguez to explain how a moratorium on market-rate housing will have a beneficial effect on rents or sale prices since this will result in an increase in competition for the housing that already exists, pushing prices up not down.

Under San Francisco’s inclusionary housing policy, San Francisco relies on market-rate housing to provide funding in the form of fees from developers for affordable housing. I would like Mr. Rodriguez to explain where the funding for affordable housing will come from if there is a moratorium on market-rate housing. If he is counting on voters to approve a housing bond, that bond will be a hard sell to voters if their elected representatives have just put a moratorium in place. This moratorium proposal has disaster written all over it.

E.F. Sullivan

San Francisco

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