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Haight Ashbury area improvement

Last year, Christin from the Booksmith and several other community-minded small business owners made a list of ideas for a future Haight Street. A few of those ideas have already been put in motion: the addition of parklets, more bicycle parking, streetscaping including the addition of plants in many tree wells with help from a guerilla gardener or two. They also approached our Supervisor’s office about ideas for more permanent changes such as wider sidewalks and better pedestrian lighting (most of the street lights we have now are designed to light the road for cars). Additional ideas were for more street art and/or historic markers for important landmarks in the neighborhood (you probably know where the Grateful Dead lived, but did you know we used to have a water park, a baseball diamond, and a street car rail all here?) The good news is Supervisor Christina Olague and the Department of Planning have put together funds for the creation of a Public Realm Plan, the first step in a multi-year process to seek community input & make a plan for the future of Haight Street.

You are invited to the first Community Workshop to offer your input on what you’d like to see change (or not) about Haight Street.

What: Haight Ashbury Public Realm Plan, First Community Meeting facilitated by City Planner Alexis Smith
When: Wednesday, October 24th from 6:00 to 8:00 PM
Where: Urban School, 1563 Page Street, San Francisco
Questions: Alexis Smith (alexis.smith@sfgov.org; 415-575-9131; http://haightashbury.sfplanning.org)