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"In regards to the news rack pedestals removed from Market Street, Public Works and Clear Channel are working on a citywide news rack pedestal consolidation project. The intention of this project is to remove and reduce vacant pedestal boxes to reduce sidewalk clutter and improve the appearance of San Francisco streetscapes. The project has an estimated completion date of 5/28/16."

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60 News Racks Being Removed To Reduce Sidewalk Clutter | Hoodline

SF Public Works and Clear Channel Communication are removing 60 pedestal news racks and replacing some with smaller versions to improve the city's streetscapes.

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Posted Apr 7, 2016
Ruby Chen
Ruby Chen
Apr 8, 2016

Dan, thanks for sharing this news! I thought they would never remove them due to the 20-year contract. This is probably a better solution for the streetscape, noticing more and more news racks are broken and unsanitary. While I was installing the project around midnight, I was terrified of how some people treated the news rack... It's just required too many resources to maintain the infrastructure.

A while ago I went to a talk by the creators of LinkNYC - a new structure (with touch screen providing free wifi) to replace old telephone booths. www.link.nyc/ They have done a lot of interviews and testing to make sure it fits the need and is intuitive to use. I'm really interested in seeing the long term outcome. Like all the public art installations, it's really important to know how to make the object "bullet-proof" and also fit in the space, taking account of the big picture of the environment like weather, people, policy (politics maybe?) - this is probably what I learned the most, and fortunate enough to experiment a little while lacking knowledge and experience.

Posted by Ruby Chen on Apr 8, 2016
Dan
Dan
Apr 8, 2016

Right on Ruby ... sometimes less is more, and creating more public space on our sidewalks is a great idea. Any object that takes up space on the sidewalks has to be rigorously evaluated as we have so little public space! I've been following LinkNYC as well as it's one of Sidewalk Labs (Alphabet/Google) first big investments.

Posted by Dan on Apr 8, 2016
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