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Eyes on the Street: Mojo Cafe Gets a Wider Sidewalk

side_view_small.jpgPhotos: Matthew Roth

With the official unveiling of the new Mojo Cafe "parklet" coming early next week, RG Architecture's crew (with volunteers from the SF Great Streets Project) scrambled to complete the wooden sidewalk extension with enough time to work out any kinks before Mayor Gavin Newsom heralds the innovation with a crowd of media and elected officials standing on it.

Riyad Ghannam, principal of RG Architecture, said they hoped to have the project completed by today, though there were always wrinkles to iron out upon installation that weren't anticipated in the drawing room. Ghannam's excited crew split time between building the project and answering questions of curious passers-by, who uniformly gave the project their approval.

bike_racks_small.jpgThe bike racks that will be installed on one end of the parklet.
Riyad_small.jpgArchitect Riyad Ghannam displays the plans for the parklet as his crew installs it behind him.
fasteners_small.jpgThe tools needed to increase pedestrian public space. Notice the nasty oil stains being covered up?

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