Just learned about this program from Friends of the Urban Forest and SFPUC (Public Utilities Commission) - www.fuf.net/programs-services/...
Improve your block and meet your neighbors by installing a sidewalk garden with Friends of the Urban Forest! Sidewalk gardens beautify and improve neighborhoods
Let’s see now, we’re walking down market under a canopy of Redwoods, Douglas-fir, live, valley, blue, red, and white oaks, California Bay Laurel and Buckeye, Madrone, California Big-Leaf Maple, gray and Jeffrey pine, blue elderberry, and hazelnut. In places with lots of natural groundwater we see willows, alders, cottonwoods, and sycamores. Instead of unknown and unknowable shrubs and flowers, we see manzanita, Coyote bush, chamise, ceanothus, Flannel-bush, blackberries, iris, and California poppies. Non-natives? How’s about some roses and fruit trees?
Instead of starlings and pigeons, we see native songbirds like sparrows and finches. Oh wait, I need a drink of water, I have to go to the restroom, and I am lost. What’s that? It’s a kiosk, With a restroom, a bench with trees for shade and shelter from wind and rain. Directions? Public transportation routes and schedules? Who’s playing what, where, and when? Free community events? All on an unbreakable solar/wind powered 3-D touch screen. Maybe even a place to recharge your device.
Friends of the Urban Forest does frequent plantings around the city: www.fuf.net/
Fantastic opportunity to work on this:
Join us this Thursday, Friday and/or Saturday 9am-2pm for the next plantings of the Sidewalk Garden Project, a joint project of FUF and SFPUC. We'll provide tools, gloves, and guidance. Contact Sally for details: firstname.lastname@example.org.
From the SF Parks Alliance:
"We are very excited to announce the Parks Alliance Action Grants! If you are part of a group involving your community in caring for and improving the parks, gardens, and open spaces of our beautiful City and we want to help fund the creative ideas you have! These will be grants of up to $2,000, with a Volunteer of the Year award of $5,000 that can get your ideas off the ground.
The applications are due April 25th at 5PM - get started today!"
Noe Valley neighbors ... FUF will be in your neighborhood this Saturday, January 5 from 9am to 1pm to transform part of 22nd Street by replacing part of the sidewalk with drought-tolerant and native plants and permeable pavers. No experience needed; we'll provide tools and guidance. To get details or RSVP, contact Fiona at email@example.com.
Hey Ya'll - sidewalk landscaping is a great improvement to our city's grey streetscape. Landscaped frontages reduce rainwater runoff from our combined sewer system, they increase property values, and get people to use the sidewalk in new and relaxing ways.
Friends of the Urban Forest is running a grassroots organizing campaign to get as many of these gardens installed as possible! All you have to do is organize 12 of your neighbors to plant. FUF covers most of the cost, and will handle all the details of concrete removal, permitting, planting etc. They only charge $300 per property! WOW! Visit our website: bit.ly/4FXyh7 or call 415-268-0773 to get signed up.
I am curious as to whether you want green between you and the street for a "buffer" from cars, or for shade, or just to make a more pleasant streetscape. Swapping sidewalk for dirt probably has some water management benefits as well.
Personally, I just really enjoy big wide sidewalks. I feel like it symbolizes that the pedestrian is being privileged. And not having enough sidewalk space is the worst.
All that said, 25th has hardly any trees on some stretches. Every block needs some green.
@Joseph - could you elaborate? It seems - especially where I currently live on 25th street near Potrero Hill - that 10-foot-wide sidewalks are unnecessary for blocks that seldom have more than a few people out at a time. Perhaps this is not a city-wide issue and I should specify the neighborhood.
Is this way to beautify the streets, or does it had environmental value? I feel like sidewalk space is a valuable commodity.