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Environmentalists, preservationists face off in Parkmerced
Video by Ron Font/SF Public Press.
For the longer audio story from “Crosscurrents” on KALW News, take a listen: http://kalwnews.org/audio/2010/02/09/environmentalists-and-preservationists-face-parkmerced_141400.html
(Editor's note: KALW-FM reporter Alison Hawkes took a closer look at Parkmerced, where owners are proposing a 30-year plan to transform the site into a low-carbon community. For developers, it’s a test to see if “green” can stand for both environmental sustainability and the color of money. Hawkes found the drive for a clean new future is clashing with the past. Public Press editor Jon Kawamoto produced this version of the report.)
Christine Madrid French, director of modernism at the trust’s western regional office, said post-war buildings often get short shrift.
Critics say it would be more environmentally sound to upgrade existing buildings with eco-friendly features. And the Sierra Club has also withheld support because it believes the project has too much parking.
But Parkmerced spokesman Johnston said upgrading the property is the right way to go.
About the Author
Alison Hawkes is a freelance reporter based in San Francisco, and is also the online editor of BayNature.org. She primarily covers environmental stories and has contributed pieces to public radio programs at KQED and KALW in San Francisco, The World, and NPR’s Morning Edition. In a former life, she was a newspaper bureau chief covering the Pennsylvania state capital, then moved into radio at Deutsche Welle in Bonn, Germany. She has a master’s in science journalism from Columbia University. Alison spends her off-time hiking the Bay Area and snooping around farmers markets for something tasty to eat.