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Happening in Barcelona:

"In the latest attempt from a big city to move away from car hegemony, Barcelona has ambitious plans. Currently faced with excessive pollution and noise levels, the city has come up with a new mobility plan to reduce traffic by 21%. And it comes with something extra: freeing up nearly 60% of streets currently used by cars to turn them into so-called “citizen spaces”. The plan is based around the idea of superilles (superblocks) – mini neighbourhoods around which traffic will flow, and in which spaces will be repurposed to “fill our city with life”, as its tagline says."

www.theguardian.com/cities/201...

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Superblocks to the rescue: Barcelona’s plan to give streets back to residents

The Catalan capital’s radical new strategy will restrict traffic to a number of big roads, drastically reducing pollution and turning secondary streets into ‘citizen spaces’ for culture, leisure and the community

www.theguardian.com/cities/201...

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Posted May 17, 2016
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Mayor Edwin M. Lee

Mayor Edwin M. Lee today announced that the City will open a new Navigation Center and lease an additional 200 units of housing for the homeless. The new Navigation Center, which will begin accepting clients in two months, will be located at the Civic Center Hotel, which will be expanded with additional supportive services. Mayor Lee also announced the addition of 200 new units to the City’s supportive housing portfolio to provide additional exits to clients of the Navigation Center system.

“Living on our City’s streets is unhealthy and unsafe, and we are helping people stabilize their lives and end their homelessness through our Navigation Centers,” said Mayor Lee. “In the last year alone, we have helped nearly 400 homeless San Franciscans leave the streets by removing barriers that prevent people from accessing the services they need to turn their lives around. Working together with the Board of Supervisors and partners like the Interfaith Council and Community Housing Partnership, we are doubling down on homeless programs and services we know work to improve the lives of people in need.”

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Posted Apr 15, 2016
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Neighborhood Empowerment Network

The City Administrator executed Community Benefit Agreements for 2015 with the six renewing companies. Each company’s CBA addresses key features of the overall strategy for the neighborhoods including:

Financially supporting local organizations dedicated to breaking the cycle of poverty, education, bridging the technical divide, and promoting workforce development including: Compass Family Services, Episcopal Community Services, Curry Senior Center, Gubbio Project, DeMarillac Academy, Tenderloin Tech Lab, Jewish Vocational Services, Community Housing Partnership, BAVC, Reading Partners Program, Mercy Housing, Oasis for Girls, Girls Who Code, Black Girls Code

Learn more: medium.com/neighborland/city-o...

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City of San Francisco — The Neighborland Handbook

A case study from the Central Market Community Benefit Agreements

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Posted Apr 15, 2016
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Party with the Rabbits
Tuesday, April 5, 2016, 5:00pm - 9pm
Civic Center Plaza (in front of City Hall)

The San Francisco Arts Commission presents INTRUDE, a large-scale public artwork by Tasmaninan artist Amanda Parer. The highly acclaimed installation features five monumental, inflated rabbits that are illuminated at night. The public artwork will activate the Civic Center Plaza and be available to all of San Francisco residents and visitors to enjoy 24 hours, 7 days a week beginning April 4th through April 25th, 2016.

A civic dedication ceremony will take place on Tuesday, April 5 at 9 a.m. on the Polk Street steps of City Hall across from Civic Center Plaza. Off the Grid is a partner for Intrude and will provide food trucks and music programming in the evening of April 5th from 5-9 p.m. and a small selection of food trucks for lunch and dinner for the entire duration of the exhibit.

This presentation of Intrude was made possible by the Office of the Mayor, the Recreation and Park Department, in addition to private contributions from MJM Management and Another Planet Entertainment.

Special thanks to Zaragunda, Inc. and the Civic Center Community Benefit District.

Learn more: partywiththerabbits.splashthat...

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Tom K.

I was talking to my friend and we realized that the Bay Area doesn't really have outdoor Christmas/holiday markets. I'd love to see something like this every day after Thanksgiving through Christmas in Civic Center. I think it'd be a huge hit and help the area feel more alive.

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Posted Dec 7, 2015
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Dan

Ccars will be banned from central Oslo by 2019, the first comprehensive and permanent ban for a European capital, according to local politicians. Under the new plans, the city council will build at least 60 kilometers of bicycle lanes by 2019, the date of the next municipal elections, and provide a “massive boost” of investment in public transport.

www.theatlantic.com/technology...

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The Car-Free City

Oslo officials pledge to ban cars from the city's downtown area by 2019.

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Posted Oct 24, 2015
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SFMTA

Starting Aug. 11, we are implementing major safety improvements on this stretch of San Francisco’s signature boulevard to help make our streets safer for everyone. Thanks to our Safer Market Street project, there will be fewer turning vehicles and much-improved safety on the five-block stretch of Market from 3rd to 8th streets. Drivers of private automobiles won’t be allowed to turn onto Market Street along much of this stretch, which is heavily used by people walking and biking. Instead, those driving private cars will proceed straight across Market.

More information: www.sfmta.com/about-sfmta/blog...

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Posted Aug 14, 2015
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Tom K.

Seems like a great project. Maybe the temporary toilets can be better maintained and deployed than the JCDecaux ones.

"The Pit Stop is a project operated by San Francisco Public Works that provides portable toilets and sinks, used needle receptacles and dog waste stations in San Francisco's most impacted neighborhoods.

The Pit Stop facilities are staffed and trucked to and from the sites daily. The solar-powered toilets are serviced daily at a remote location before returned to the Pit Stop locations.

San Francisco Public Works is operating the Pit Stops in partnership with the nonprofit SF Clean City, which staffs the locations to keep the facilities safe and secure.

Pit Stop Hours
Tenderloin - Tuesday-Friday - 2 pm to 9 pm"

sfdpw.org/index.aspx?page=1805

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Posted Jul 7, 2015
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