SPUR Lunchtime Forum: Taking (temporary) root: Pop-up storefronts and an urban farm in Hayes Valley

"Learn about two innovative ideas for “interim uses” for vacant lots in San Francisco. One concept, called “Proxy,” developed by envelope A + D would install portable retail, restaurant and gallery structures on two lots along Octavia Boulevard. Another, proposed by the Hayes Valley Neighborhood Association, calls for a community farm on a 1.5-acre lot where the Central Freeway used to touch down. In support of these proposals, the City is proposing a new piece of legislation that would encourage land owners to offer up their vacant lots for temporary, public-oriented uses. With Douglas Burnham of envelope A+D, Aaron Hulme of Suppenkuche (a “Proxy” participant), Jay Rosenberg of Hayes Valley Farm and Rich Hillis of the Mayor’s Office of Workforce and Economic Development."

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Building a Farm Where a Freeway Used to Be

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Moving mulch on the old Central Freeway on-ramp that is becoming Hayes Valley Farm. Photo: Matthew Roth A few weeks ago in San Francisco, a number of urban farmers opened a gate in a chain-link fence at Laguna Street, between Oak and Fell Streets, and entered an overgrown lot that has been unused for nearly […]

SPUR Lunchtime Forum: Vacant lots: ideas for temporary use

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"How can we activate some of San Francisco’s stalled construction sites into spaces of beauty, inspiration and public use? What policy incentives are being used to make this idea attractive to landowners? Inspired by a series by the Chronicle’s urban design critic, John King, a handful of local artists and designers have developed innovative proposals […]