Archive for August, 2009

Join us for a Party

Art – Streets – Life
Benefit and Mural Opening

David Baker invites you to his home for the grand opening of an Andrew Schoultz mural
Benefit for the new San Francisco Great Streets Project

Beer, food carts, music, Valet Bike Parking and an unveiling of the Great Streets Project presentation — come enjoy an evening amongst friends and find out more about the SFBC’s latest project, the Great Streets Project.

September 10, 2009
6-9 pm
337 Shotwell Street
San Francisco, CA

Valet bike parking

Space limited!
All gifts are tax-deductible

Tickets: $20, $50, $100 or $500
Purchase here

August 26, 2009 at 6:20 pm Leave a comment

Temporary City Beaches

There are many ways to reprogram city streets to provide free fun and relaxation opportunities for an overworked, financially stretched population. In 2002 Paris launched its Paris Plage system, bringing in sand and umbrellas to turn the Georges Pompidou Expressway, which runs by the Seine, into a free beach. In 2007, the Mayor of Mexico City also carted in sand to turn areas of the hot city into free beaches. Both programs have attracted huge, growing crowds, and continue to thrive.

Though San Francisco is relatively rich in beaches, the spirit of these instant beaches begs the question of how we can re-imagine our own streets to provide space for families, all kinds of San Franciscans and visitors to relax and have fun. Sunday Streets is a great, successful example of an event-based approach to using city streets for better social and health purposes. A more semi-permanent installation in the spirit of these seasonal beaches, is the next step.

August 1, 2009 at 12:08 am 1 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