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Societies can rise or fall based on the quantity and quality of their public spaces. New decent public spaces are rare and precious is the day when there’s a chance of a new one. Does it matter if you live near that proposed space? No. Any new public space is a beacon to the world, showing that we need and can have public spaces everywhere.

Stockton-Before
Stockton-After
The dream of a pedestrianized Stockton. Image: The Plaza Perspective

So let us celebrate the possibility that this street…
…could become this…

This is Stockton Street in downtown San Francisco and the conceptual rendering above is from the Lower Stockton Improvement Project. The project would turn three blocks of Stockton from yet another auto sewer into a car-free pedestrian-transit-bicycle mall. People would flock to the space, bus and bicycle access and safety would improve, and merchants would be jumping for joy. Here’s the backstory behind this project.

See here for the full proposal and below for more visuals.

Stockton-overhead-map
Stockton-Market-to-Geary-cross-section

The bad news? It might not happen. The San Francisco Examiner reports that Rose Pak, a prominent power player in nearby Chinatown, is claiming to represent Chinatown merchants in an effort shut down the project. And she says she’s already won. “I consider the issue closed,” says Rose.

Here’s where you come in. We need you and as many people as possible to tell the powers-that-be: Keep the Lower Stockton Improvement Project alive. If we don’t mobilize, the project could be stopped in its tracks. But if we step up, the results could be a game-changer, not only for San Francisco but for towns and cities everywhere that notice what San Francisco does.

So, sign the Lower Stockton petition today – and tell your friends. It’ll go to the parties listed below, the folks who will decide the Project’s fate. I also suggest editing the petition’s message to fit your own voice.

This is worth your time. Once you’ve signed the petition pat yourself on the back. You’re a star.

Now, sign the petition! (click on this link and scroll down to the Lower Stockton Improvement Project petition form).

Thanks Adam, from Streetsblog, for putting this effort together!

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