This Week in Livable Streets Events

This week, a SPUR forum discusses innovative urban parks, the Board of Supervisors looks at restoring vehicle license fees, Sunday Streets gets things going with its fundraiser party, the Caltrain Board votes on devastating cuts, and the SF Bike Party celebrates your favorite female role-models. Here are the highlights from the Streetsblog calendar:
  • Monday: Urban Green: Innovative Parks for Resurgent Cities. Learn about new and innovative ways for “‘built out’ cities to add much-needed parkland” at this SPUR forum with Peter Harnik, director of the Center for City Park Excellence at the Trust for Public Land and author of the book Urban Green. Harnik will “address a variety of examples and practical solutions, giving helpful guidance to those vested in making cities more beautiful, sociable, ecologically sound, and successful.” 6 pm.
  • Tuesday: The SFMTA Board of Directors meets to consider making the Market Street required right-turns permanent, providing free Lifeline Youth Muni Fast Passes for students, restoring two-way travel on Hayes Street, adding improvements to Folsom Street in the Mission, introducing a Transit Impact Development Fee, and Geary Boulevard sidewalk extensions and crosswalk openings. 1 pm.
  • Tuesday: The SF Board of Supervisors meets. The agenda includes accepting and expending a Safe Routes to School Grant, a hearing on an order to vacate streets for the Transbay Terminal construction, restoring vehicle license fees to pre-1998 levels, and increasing parking fees at the Kezar lot. 2 pm.
  • Wednesday: Arizmendi Bakery Parklet Hearing. Show your support for a parklet in the Inner Sunset in front of the popular Arizemendi Bakery in the neighborhood’s busy 9th and Irving restaurant district by Golden Gate Park. 9 am.
  • Wednesday: Sunday Streets Pre-Season Fundraiser. Bring your friends and family for an evening of socializing, raffles, and drinks served by “a few celebrity bartenders” to support this year’s season of Sunday Streets events kicking off in March. 6 pm.
  • Thursday: The Caltrain Board of Directors holds a hearing and votes on approving heavy service cuts for the next fiscal year that would close up to 16 stations, slash service to peak-hour trains only, and increase the base fare by 25 cents in order to help close the budget deficit. 10 am.
  • Friday: San Francisco Bike Party. This month’s ride encourages riders to dress as their “Favorite Female” icon for a trip starting at China Basin Park and heading to Hunter’s Point, Bayview, Candlestick Park, and finally the Giants ballpark via Third Street with stops for dancing and socializing on the way. 7:30 pm.

Keep an eye on the calendar for updated listings. Got an event we should know about? Drop us a line.

ALSO ON STREETSBLOG

Get Ready for Streetsblog San Francisco

|
How come so many posts on San Francisco lately? Let’s make it official: The Open Planning Project will be launching Streetsblog San Francisco in January 2009. After interviewing many highly qualified candidates during last month’s RailVolution conference, we’ve hired Bryan Goebel as the site’s editor and Matthew Roth as full-time reporter. Bryan is a veteran […]

The Case for Removing the 280 Freeway

|
Talk of San Francisco’s next freeway removal has heated up since a proposal from the Mayor’s Office to take down the northern spur of I-280 went public. The highway teardown would open up land for housing, connect neighborhoods, and help bring high-speed rail and Caltrain downtown. “The good news is this would be the third […]

Innovative Parks for Resurgent Cities

|
From SPUR: Published by Island Press last fall, Urban Green explores new and innovative ways for “built out” cities to add much-needed parkland. Author Peter Harnik explains why urban parks are needed, then addresses a variety of examples and practical solutions, giving helpful guidance to those vested in making cities more beautiful, sociable, ecologically sound, and successful. Peter Harnik is director […]

At 40 Years, San Francisco’s Transit-First Policy Still Struggles for Traction

|
The first private automobile users on early 20th-century American streets were generally accorded no special privileges on the public right-of-way. “The center of the road was reserved for streetcars, and the new automobiles had to move out of the way,” as Renee Montagne describes it in the 1996 documentary Taken for a Ride, which chronicles […]

San Francisco Struggles to Finance and Build Livable Streets

|
Folsom Street simulation with elements of the Better Streets Plan. Photo: SF Planning Department As San Francisco’s Better Streets Plan (BSP) street design manual nears environmental certification, many questions remain about financing street maintenance and how all of the agencies responsible for the city’s streets will work together to improve conditions for transit, walking, and […]

San Francisco Should Take Cues from New York and Just Try It!

|
The vision for closing Broadway in Times Square, which will happen by May Urban space advocates the world over use best practice examples from other cities to raise the bar on policy and praxis in their own cities.  For years in New York, Transportation Alternatives and the NYC Streets Renaissance Campaign invoked the phrase "Lessons […]