When San Francisco started planning for its future, it needed to be smart about building and managing rooftop restaurants.
It wanted to preserve the vibrancy and atmosphere of the city while still providing a way to make money.
But the city’s planning committee decided that the best way to do this was to let developers build as many of them as possible.
The first wave of development came with the addition of rooftop parks, which were meant to offer a place to eat, shop, and watch the sunset on a cool day.
As more developers opened up, however, they turned out to be much more limited.
The rooftop restaurant market is booming, and San Francisco is experiencing a rapid influx of new businesses.
In 2016, the city estimated that 1,400 new restaurants would open over the next decade, and another 400 in 2020.
But this year, the numbers are rising faster than ever, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal.
“San Francisco is a city where you can’t have a good rooftop restaurant if you’re not going to make some money,” said Mike Dolan, founder and CEO of the nonprofit Downtown San Francisco, who has seen a steady increase in the number of restaurants open in the city.
“If you’re in a bad neighborhood and you’re looking to get a great deal, there’s just no reason to go to a restaurant.”
The growth of the rooftop dining industry has made it difficult to track, according Dolan.
The number of establishments opened in the last 10 years has tripled.
“In just the last year, we’ve seen the number increase by almost 60 percent,” he said.
While the market has seen tremendous growth in recent years, Dolan said there is still a lot of work to do in terms of educating the public about how the business is supposed to work.
And he said the city has to start by making sure people understand that rooftop restaurants are not a way for the city to take money from residents.
Dolan said the best place to start is by educating the community.
“There are some misconceptions and misunderstandings that you have to address in order to understand the concept of what a rooftop restaurant is,” he added.
“That’s what the city should be focusing on, educating the city, and trying to do that in a way that makes sense to the residents of the neighborhoods they’re in.”
But that’s not always easy.
Many neighborhoods in San Jose, for example, have become “hot spots for violence” for the past decade, according a 2016 study by the University of California, Berkeley.
Dolan told Time that he has heard a lot about that in the years since the city began considering building more rooftop restaurants, but it’s difficult to make sense of how many of those restaurants are actually good places to eat and how many are just places to hang out.
The city’s Planning Commission is expected to vote this week on a proposal to allow more than 300 rooftop restaurants to open in San Franciscas downtown district.
According to the Chronicle, the commission will vote on a recommendation that could include a rooftop park.
But for now, Dola said the panel has been hesitant to pass a bill that will allow more rooftop restaurant locations.
“It’s not necessarily going to be the final law that’s going to pass, but hopefully we can move forward with a bill,” he told the Chronicle.
Dylan Stott, the mayor of San Jose and the city planning director, told the San Francisco Chronicle that while the city is looking for innovative ways to increase the amount of restaurants on its streets, it is also looking to increase overall public safety and health.
“San Francisco has the largest population of homeless people in the country and it has a very high rate of gun violence,” Stott said.
“The city needs to be doing everything it can to prevent shootings, and not just in one area, but in all areas of the downtown area.
And that includes building more parks.”