Eyes on the Street: DIY Street Furniture Enlivens Potrero Hill Street
A spokeswoman for the Department of Public Works told Streetsblog building owners are responsible for the upkeep of their own sidewalks and trees and the department looks favorably on innovative projects that contribute to the livability of neighborhoods.
Bleskacek, with his wife and two children, lives in the immediate neighborhood and is active in the Potrero Hill Association of Merchants and Businesses.
His idea quickly spread to neighboring building owners and merchants. The owner of the buildings housing Chez Mama and Lingba not only installed iron benches around his trees, but refurbished the sidewalks and replaced drainage.
Blooms Saloon, Moshi Moshi Sushi, Farley's coffee and Chatz Coffee followed soon after, each adding their particular flavor to the street furniture.
While Bleskacek couldn't point to any data that shows people are staying longer in his shop or spending more money, he said on sunny days the benches are well used and he's received plenty of comments from customers who enjoy them.
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