SPUR Lunchtime Forum: Plans for a New Public Realm: Improving our parks, streets and plazas

"In the last few years, the San Francisco Planning Department has worked with communities to develop plans that rethink neighborhood parks, streets and plazas and how they are built and managed. These include the Better Neighborhoods Plans, the Mission Streetscape Plan, the Fisherman’s Wharf Public Realm Plan, Jefferson Street Redesign and the Showplace Square Open Space Plan. With Adam Varat, Neil Hrushowy and Ilaria Salvadori of the City Design Group." 


Annie Street Plaza Grand Opening

From SF Pavement to Parks: Annie Street Plaza is a new pedestrian space in downtown San Francisco. New seating, greenery, and lighting – along with programmed events and activities – create a special new place in the heart of a thriving neighborhood. Annie Street is an important pathway for pedestrians connecting Market Street and Mission […]

The Future of the Better Streets Plan Hinges on Political Will

The Mayor holds up a copy of The Better Streets Plan at a press conference yesterday: "Eat your heart out Portland." Photo by Bryan Goebel. Standing in the glaring Mission District sun yesterday on a wide new sidewalk, before a crowd of advocates, city planners, merchants, construction crews, artists and many others celebrating the completion […]

Without City Leadership, “Pavement to Parks” Plazas May Lose Steam

When it comes to reclaiming street space for people, San Francisco’s Pavement to Parks program has paved the way with a national model showing how cities can embrace community-driven parklet projects. But when it comes to installing plazas, there seems to have been little movement since the first handful were created on “excess” road space […]

Streetfilms: SF Carves a Park from the Midst of Its Pavement

The entire family of San Francisco city agencies responsible for maintaining its streets made an unconventional decision to close a portion of a street to cars and convert the new space into a simple, yet elegant, public plaza.  The project combines all the important elements of plaza creation that have been successful in New York […]

This Week in Livable Streets Events

This week, get up to date on the city’s neighborhood plans, hear about the latest transit information for your cell phone, and find a Valentine who shares your love of bikes and chocolate. Here are the week’s highlights: Monday: SFBC Phone Banking. Volunteer to phone bank with the SFBC: no cold calling, just simple reminders […]