Eyes on the Street: McCoppin Transformation in Progress

Streetscape enhancements are transforming McCoppin Street. Photos: Aaron Bialick

Last summer, we wrote about a package of overdue streetscape improvements planned for the neighborhood around McCoppin Street, which would include a public gathering space called the McCoppin Hub adjacent to the Central Freeway.

Work on those projects is finally starting to make some profound changes to the neighborhood. Recently installed planted medians have had a noticeable traffic calming effect. Compare the above photo with the old McCoppin:

McCoppin Street last year.

Around the corner, if you’ve traveled down Valencia Street lately, you may have also noticed some new palm trees planted in the parking lanes.

Work is also underway on the alleyways of Elgin Park, Stevenson, Jessie and Pearl Streets. According to a new timeline provided by the Office of Economic and Workforce Development, the streetscape improvements should be completed in October, save some new lighting fixtures.

However, neighbors will have to wait at least another year for the completion of the McCoppin Hub (in the lot at the end of McCoppin) and a skatepark and dog park under the freeway, as construction contracts for those projects haven’t gone out to bid yet.

  • Anonymous

    Nice. Though I wish they wouldn’t use palm trees but something native. Be great to encourage more native birds back into the city.

  • Anonymous

    There should be a bike tunnel from here to McCoppin on the other side of the Central Freeway onramp so bicyclists could avoid the Octavia & Market mess.

  • Gilla

     I’ve been told by FUF and others that the natives, like Oaks, grow too big for urban environments (particularly the roots are disruptive).  Though I agree, there must be some coastal tree that isn’t too large.  I’ve seen ceanothus that have been trained into small trees.

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