Archive for May, 2009

17th Street Plaza Community Opening Tomorrow

This is a reminder that there will be a neighborhood opening celebration sponsored by the Castro/Upper Market Community Benefits District tomorrow – Saturday May 16th, 12:30 p.m. at the new 17th St. Plaza (at Castro and Market Streets). The event will kick off with Supervisor Bevan Dufty, and will include the Sister’s of Perpetual Indulgence, Mission High Guitar Club and the Gay Men’s Chorus.

May 15, 2009 at 4:45 pm Leave a comment

Better Streets, Better Business

The plaza is already being put to good use.

This morning the Mayor, Supervisor Dufty and a large array of City agency staff, community members and general well wishers celebrated the opening of the new 17th Street trial project in the Castro.

In honor of the occasion, the Great Streets Project released “Better Streets, Better Business,” a compilation of studies from around San Francisco and the world linking public realm improvements to business benefits. The Great Streets Project has begun analyzing the 17th Street plaza and will be surveying businesses after a reasonable amount of time to determine if and how the plaza has impacted their sales. Well-executed and managed plazas and other public realm improvements often create significant economic benefits to the surrounding community. It remains to be seen whether the 17th Street plaza will be a boost to the Castro Street commercial area.

Photo courtesy of Jamison Weiser.

May 13, 2009 at 11:39 pm Leave a comment

Castro Plaza Details

The new trial plaza on 17th Street at Castro and Market Streets will be having two openings this week:

          Wednesday, May 13 10 am Mayor press conference

          Saturday, May 16 12:30 pm Neighborhood celebration

Please join the opening celebrations. Stop by the plaza, and be sure to eat or shop at one of the many great local stores on 17th Street or Castro. Orphan Andy’s has incredible chocolate shakes.

The media has already begun covering the project:
Castro’s No-Car Zone [SF Chronicle]

May 12, 2009 at 4:28 pm Leave a comment

Best Practice: Noe Street Farmers Market

San Francisco is fortunate to have many wonderful farmers markets throughout the city. Still, we were pleased to see the newest market, on Noe Street between Market and Beaver Streets in the Duboce Triangle/Castro neighborhood. Like the market in the North of the Panhandle, and others around the city, the Noe Street Farmers Market opens up the street to community members to mix, mingle and shop. We snapped a few photos of the new market. Note the integration with street seating for the local cafe.

The Castro Farmers Market is open Wednesdays, 4 pm to 8 pm, April 29 through October 28, 2009, and features live entertainment each week.

May 8, 2009 at 11:52 pm Leave a comment

Public Space Best Management Practices Videos

We are pleased to post the videos of the three speakers from the April 23rd event on Public Space Best Management Practices. Click through the names below to watch the short videos of their presentations.

Video 1: Ethan Kent, Vice President, Project for Public Spaces

Video 2: Supervisor Bevan Dufty, 8th District

Video 3: Mary McCue, President/CEO, MJM Management

Click here for the speakers’ slide shows.

May 5, 2009 at 7:12 pm 1 comment


The San Francisco Great Streets Project is looking for an intern to help with research, tools and events. You will work directly with the project director to develop best practices tools, outreach materials, fascinating events and other items as needed. This is a great opportunity for someone with a strong interest in livable streets practices and multi-media outreach who wants to get a better understanding of how to institutionalize livable streets practices in a major city, or just get a feel for the industry.


  • Creation and distribution of regular best practices tools
  • Manage development and distribution of interviews of far-flung experts
  • Help plan and execute local events
  • Help measure demonstration projects, including informing the selection of measurement tools
  • Help keep our communications materials current, including our Web site and print materials

•    This is an unpaid internship
•    Length and hours are flexible
•    Indoor bike parking provided

To apply
Send a cover letter and resume to Kit Hodge at kit [at] sfgreatstreets DOT org immediately. No calls.

May 4, 2009 at 11:45 pm Leave a comment

Our Mission

The San Francisco Great Streets Project catalyzes the return of our city’s streets to their rightful place as the center of civic life in this wonderful city by working with government, business, and neighborhood leaders to test, analyze and institutionalize placemaking.


Kit Hodge
San Francisco Great Streets Project
995 Market Street, #1550
San Francisco, CA 94103
kit [at] sfgreatstreets DOT org
415-431-2453 x313