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Stanford Rosenthal

44 neighbors want greenery between the street and sidewalk in San Francisco.

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There are many side-street sidewalks that are unnecessarily wide given the lack of foot traffic. There is often room for a few feet of grass or plants between the curb and sidewalk.

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Alan Joseph Williams
Ben Blumenfeld
Erik Michaels-Ober
Luke Bornheimer
Russel
Tiffany
Victor Knai
Justin Street
Danny Sauter
Corey
Emily P
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Dan

Just learned about this program from Friends of the Urban Forest and SFPUC (Public Utilities Commission) - www.fuf.net/programs-services/...

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Sidewalk Landscaping

Improve your block and meet your neighbors by installing a sidewalk garden with Friends of the Urban Forest! Sidewalk gardens beautify and improve neighborhoods

www.fuf.net/programs-services/...

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Posted Jan 2, 2016
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Joseph Thomas

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.

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Posted Nov 15, 2014
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Dan

Friends of the Urban Forest does frequent plantings around the city: www.fuf.net/

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Greening San Francisco

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Posted Sep 24, 2013
Joseph Thomas
Joseph Thomas
Nov 15, 2014

Why is "Friends Of The Urban Forest" continuing to plant non-native trees?
All landscaping in San Francisco should be local, indigenous plants.
California native plants require no watering, little to no maintenance, and attract pollinators and native songbirds.

Posted by Joseph Thomas on Nov 15, 2014
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Tom K.

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: sally@fuf.net.

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Posted Jul 24, 2013
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Dan

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!"

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Posted Mar 27, 2013
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Dan

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 fiona@fuf.net.

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Posted Jan 2, 2013
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Friends of the Urban Forest

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.

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Posted Aug 31, 2012
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Alan Joseph Williams

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.

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Posted Jun 20, 2012
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Stanford Rosenthal

@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.

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Posted Jun 19, 2012
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Alan Joseph Williams

Is this way to beautify the streets, or does it had environmental value? I feel like sidewalk space is a valuable commodity.

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Posted Jun 19, 2012
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