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Dan

Interesting case study from downtown Barcelona - www.wsj.com/articles/barcelona... via @WSJ

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Barcelona Bans Cars and Boosts Tech

One year ago Barcelona ordered most automobiles out of an industrial area where the city has been trying to attract technology companies. The move has helped turn the area into one of Barcelona’s hottest office markets.

www.wsj.com/articles/barcelona...

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Posted Aug 3, 2017
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Dan

An update on Civic Center Health and Cleanliness Pilot Program from the City Administrator:

www.sfchronicle.com/local/arti...

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SF Civic Center focus of urgent, coordinated cleanup effort

In San Francisco, checking out a book from the Main Library, attending a Symphony concert or going to City Hall for a marriage license can mean confronting some of the most egregious examples of the city's drug and homelessness problems. For years, Civic Center has been a grim showcase for the city's worsening heroin and...

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Posted Aug 3, 2017
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Mary Walls

Wonder if SF could start a program similar to Albuquerque -youtu.be/WFmsOrTpKn8

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Posted May 19, 2016
Elizabeth
Elizabeth
Jun 20, 2017

Have you guys checked out www.takingittothestreetssf.org/?

Posted by Elizabeth on Jun 20, 2017
Dan
Dan
Jun 21, 2017

Hi Elizabeth - thanks for sharing Taking it to the Streets ... I had not seen it. Looks like a great program!

Posted by Dan on Jun 21, 2017
Mary Walls
Mary Walls
Jun 25, 2017

Ditto - thanks Elizabeth for sharing that!

Posted by Mary Walls on Jun 25, 2017
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Dan

With up to 9,000 units of housing expected to be built within the boundaries of San Francisco’s burgeoning Hub District, which is off-centered around the intersection of Market Street and South Van Ness Avenue, the plan to guide the development of the neighborhood’s “Public Realm” (i.e., all the space between the buildings and towers) has been drafted.

The Draft Public Realm Plan sets forth the vision for how the neighborhood’s streets, alleys and open spaces could be designed, with specific recommendations for which streets, alleys and open spaces should be redesigned and a host of design strategies and examples.

See SF Planning's draft plan here: default.sfplanning.org/plans-a...

Source: www.socketsite.com/archives/20...

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Posted Mar 7, 2017
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Dan

"The $4.2 million project will replace traditional cobra head streetlights, commonly seen in residential areas, with decorative twin teardrop poles like the ones illuminating the streets near City Hall. The 22-foot-high poles will be installed on the north and south sides of Jones, Leavenworth, Hyde and Larkin streets between McAllister and O’Farrell streets, and also on Eddy Street between Larkin and Mason streets.

“This is a complete teardown and rebuild,” said Barbara Hale, assistant general manager for power for the PUC. “We haven’t done much of it historically because we haven’t had the dedicated funding. This opportunity won’t just improve lights. It’s going to give a different look and feel to the streets. The Tenderloin is going to get a spiffing up.”"

www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article...

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100 new streetlights planned to brighten dark Tenderloin

Before the sun rises, students in uniform walk the Tenderloin’s dark streets on their way to school. To help with that, the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission plans to start installing 100 streetlights in the neighborhood’s darkest corridors this year. Neighbors and those who plan to work at the new California Pacific Medical Center on...

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Posted Feb 12, 2017
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Dan

Despite the addition of public "Pit Stops" around the city, it's no secret that San Francisco has a poop problem. To bring the issue to light—in an unavoidable fashion—mobile shower provider Lava Mae plans to place a massive toilet in the center of Hayes Valley this Saturday, November 19th.

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Public-Restroom Advocates To Install Giant Toilet In Hayes Valley | Hoodline

In honor of 'World Toilet Day,' Lava Mae is using public art to invite neighbors to confront the city's sanitation problem.

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Posted Nov 17, 2016
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Blair Helsing

SF band that plays live. We've played "People In Plazas" twice and love playing outdoors for people. www.reverbnation.com/echobeach...

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Posted Nov 1, 2016
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Yasi Shirazi

Sadly -- 3 years later -- we're not seeing much of a change in the neighborhood. Yes, the 6th St substation is open (limited hours) but I don't see the officers engaged in the community nor are changes happening.
I've worked here for 8+ years; on Mission at 6th.

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Posted Apr 17, 2016
Dan
Dan
Apr 17, 2016

Thanks for the honest perspective Yasi ... I pass through the neighborhood occasionally during the day and it feels like there are more officers and community ambassadors on the street, and that there is more vibrant street life in the neighborhood (ex. today's farmers market), but that's just my perspective. I haven't seen any data about crime rates before/after the substation opened.

Posted by Dan on Apr 17, 2016
Yasi Shirazi
Yasi Shirazi
Aug 11, 2016

You're right, Dan, there are more Community Ambassadors and I do like the mobile toilets at 6th near Jessie Alley -- this is a major problem in the area. But the comment I was making had to do with community policing, which I still don't see a lot of. I frequently wonder if the SFPD & SFFD think the TL and SOMA stations are "lame" assignments. It takes a certain type of person to work with the the indigent, mentally ill & homeless -- without feeling resentful, judgmental and "put out." But maybe I'm the one being judge-y. PS: I read a great article on the Community Ambassadors -- I think either in the Central City Extra or maybe Hoodline.

Posted by Yasi Shirazi on Aug 11, 2016
Dan
Dan
Aug 11, 2016

Fair enough Yasi - have you reached out to Supervisor Kim's office? Are there any opportunities to meet with the SFPD informally? I enjoyed that Hoodline piece as well (hoodline.com/2016/05/a-walk-th...)

Posted by Dan on Aug 11, 2016
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Caring for our Civic Center
Thursday, June 23, 2016, 5:00pm - 7pm
Tenderloin Museum, 398 Eddy Street

Join us for a brief history of Civic Center with local expert Jim Haas. A panel discussion will follow led by Project for Public Spaces’ Senior Vice President Ethan Kent and featuring Mary McCue of MJM Management and Tyrone Mullins of Green Streets. This dialogue will showcase best practices for improving and managing public spaces by examining case studies from around the country. Examples from Detroit, New York, Seattle, and Los Angeles as well as San Francisco will be presented in order to discuss topics including best practices for activation, stewardship, and stakeholder engagement in public spaces that serve many different populations.

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Caring For Our Civic Center: Best Practices For Great Public Space | Hoodline

Join us for a brief history of Civic Center with local expert Jim Haas, and a panel discussion about its future.

hoodline.com/events/caring-for...

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