Treasure Island to Get Its Own Telegraph Hill

Tuesday, Sep 8, 2009  |  Updated 11:15 AM PDT
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Treasure Island to Get Its Own Telegraph Hill

A mock up of what the new Treasure Island will look like from CMG Landscape Architects, via A/N Blog

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The ground-up green redevelopment of Treasure Island will orient major streets to block gusts of wind, which primarily hit the artificial island from the southwest.

The result is a grid of streets rotated exactly 68 degrees, as determined by the geniuses at CMG Landscape Architects. And thus shall pedestrians enjoy the pedestrian-oriented modern village that's being built just for them on the grounds of the former naval base.

Recall that, true to the principles of smart growth, density's the key word— only 100 acres of the island's total 400 will be future-ized.

The rest? Open space. Plans also include turning the west-facing part of Yerba Buena into a some sort of mini-Telegraph Hill, with townhomes up and down the hill, capped by a new park.

The 6,000 to 8,000 residences included in the master plan will be farmed out to individual architects to avoid an "architectural monoculture" with—alas— no fake Victorians.

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