If you have not seen the transformation at 17th and Market, I highly recommend hopping on the K-Line to the Castro or if you’re feeling nostalgic, take the historic F-line. As someone who is fairly new to SF, I am always impressed with the high energy and grassroots initiatives throughout the city. This urban intervention was created by San Francisco’s Great Streets Program, in collaboration with Public Architecture, The Castro Community Benefits District, Flora Grub Gardens, High Caliber Growing, Pacific Fiber Tube, Inc., Great Street Projects, Orphan Andy’s Restaurant, and the Chevron Station Owner. At a cost of $20,000, the city corner has reclaimed a portion of the road, providing a stronger civic presence and a much needed edge to the somewhat cumbersome intersection. And to top it off, the design implements green materials as well as strategic furniture placement for emergency access. Just receiving a 4 month extension, the community has embraced their new Urban Plaza, with plans to ‘PARK’ it permanently on 17th + Market.

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