San Francisco Beautiful

How can we make UN Plaza a better place?

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About this Project
This spring, SF Beautiful was awarded a grant from the City of San Francisco to make United Nations Plaza a healthier, more vibrant public space.

Who's Involved?
SF Beautiful is leading a coalition of local organizations that share their goals including: The City of San Francisco’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD), Tenderloin Economic Development Project (TEDP), University of California at Hastings, Art Institute of California, Federal Department of Homeland Security, and the SFPD.

Our Approach
In March, the UN Plaza Coalition hosted a public meeting at UC Hastings with over 200 neighbors in attendance. Neighbors’ ideas and insights were collected from written input, SMS, Twitter, and Neighborland. All of this input was aggregated here on Neighborland. It was the first time that an organization used Neighborland as a live ideation and voting tool in a public meeting.

TEDP Executive Director Anh Nguyen live tweeted all of the ideas that were submitted by Tenderloin neighbors. It was a simple, but powerful way to extend the public input in the meeting to a wider audience. Often ideas presented in the oral statements are not captured in the design process, but Anh’s innovative use of Twitter helped amplify neighbors’ voices. Two of the resident’s ideas that were suggested at the pubic meeting, and live tweeted by Anh, became finalists in the program.

Making it Happen
Ideas were evaluated by a panel that included staff from various agencies lead by the Mayor's Office of Economic and Workforce Development on the basis of impact, feasibility and scope. The four finalists were selected, and more than 800 people voted on these ideas at the Heart of the City Farmers Market on June 4th.

SF Beautiful is bringing these winning ideas to life this fall in event series called “Pause, Play, Connect.” These events will offer the best performers and organizers in Bay Area dance, live music, children’s programming, indie film, cultural cuisine, and circus arts. Pause, Play Connect at UN Plaza has something for everyone.

More info
Here's a case study of this Project on our Handbook - http://handbook.neighborland.com/unplaza/

Need help?
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Dan

Great post from Beyond Chron about the night market - beyondchron.org/night-market-u...

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Posted Aug 28, 2014
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Office of the City Administrator

The first night market will be September 5th from 4-9pm. Learn more: www.unplazasf.org/event/night-...

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Posted Aug 22, 2014
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Tom K.
Tom K.
Sep 3, 2014

If anyone is going, let me know and let's meet up!

Posted by Tom K. on Sep 3, 2014
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TEDP - Tenderloin SF

What about a similar event to Oakland's First Fridays?

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Posted Apr 1, 2014
Keri
Keri
Apr 18, 2014

I like the idea of something like this, but every weekend ( or at least every other) would be better not just the "First" Friday.

Posted by Keri on Apr 18, 2014
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Terrrie
Terrrie proposed this resource for a night market at UN Plaza.
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If the night market is a crafts market, as the one that is there now on Thursdays I believe, I want it to be a true crafts market and not just a place for re-sellers who have a tax exemption number who only sell products they've purchased for re-sell.

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Posted Mar 26, 2014
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Lailah

I want a weekly movie in the park night during the summer.

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Posted Mar 26, 2014
Tom K.
Tom K.
Mar 26, 2014

I think that would work. Ideally, I'd love to see a soft surface so people could sit on the ground as well.

Posted by Tom K. on Mar 26, 2014
Terrance Alan
Terrance Alan
Mar 26, 2014

A great idea. Fun, relatively easy, cheap and creates a huge audience for food. This sounds sustainable.

Posted by Terrance Alan on Mar 26, 2014
Keri
Keri
Apr 18, 2014

Not just in the summer.... anytime of year. Spring ideally since Summer is the coldest time of year. ; )

Posted by Keri on Apr 18, 2014
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