We ♥ SF! Some of our favorite spots – EP.0014

We ♥ SF! Some of our favorite spots – EP.0014


Hello and welcome to Public Works TV I’m Ramses Alvarez I’m Jordyn Aquino I’m Philip Singh I’m Carlo Alfonso I’m Jennifer Brooks I’m Miguel Hernandez I’m Natasha Reed Today, we’re your hosts. I’ll be sharing My My My My My My My favorite San Francisco spot with you. Before we get started let’s take a look
back at our past week this week. This week at Public Works improvements continued
along Hayes Street. Did you know that 2018 marks the sixth year of the Stockton
Street Sidewalk Expansion Program? This holiday initiative alleviates sidewalk
congestion and allows businesses to better showcase their merchandise
through the Lunar New Year festivities. Through the clean total swap-out
Recology is helping to keep Chinatown looking fresh by replacing blighted
toters with newly polished containers. Like we always say, it’s all in the details. And this week we were proud to receive a well-being at work award for employee
wellness initiatives. I love my bike. It’s with me when I’m traveling between
meetings, grabbing a quick bite to eat or running an errand during my lunch.
Often times I’m a bit busy at home so having an easy way to occasionally run a
lunch errand is key. If I’m heading South, Valencia Street is
my go-to route. Over the past decade this corridor has gone through a series of
transformations which has greatly improved the experience for pedestrians
and cyclists alike. My favorite improvement is a bicycle Green Wave
which times the traffic signal so I can travel at a comfortable speed and
encounter fewer red lights. This gives me a great relaxing cycling experience and
allows me to take in the sights and sounds of this vibrant corridor, it also
has a traffic calming effect which greatly increases safety for all users. Public Works continues to collaborate with multiple City agencies such as the
Planning Department the Health Department and MTA to develop safer
streets for all. It’s our Vision Zero plan. As an enthusiastic cyclist
improvements like these helped me feel safer when traveling through our city. If you keep riding to the end of the corridor you’ll find the Mission Valencia Green Gateway. With the rainy season underway here in the city these gardens offer a unique way of managing stormwater to help keep runoff from overwhelming San Francisco’s aging stormwater system. While landscape architect’s carefully selected species to handle the wet and dry seasons making
it a beautiful sight to see. Hello from Jefferson Street in Fisherman’s Wharf —
one of San Francisco’s internationally known tourist destinations. As a
landscape architect at Public Works I’m particularly excited to be reporting
from the Jefferson Streetscape Improvement Project, an exemplary work of
landscape architecture in San Francisco. It’s one of my favorite landscape
projects in the city because it demonstrates how landscape design can
transform the public realm for the better. What you see here is the result
of a community driven process and a coordinated effort among the public,
local merchants and business owners, the Fisherman’s Wharf Community Benefit
District, City Planning, the SF MTA and Public Works and is just
the first phase of the Fisherman’s Wharf public realm plan. The most apparent
improvements are the conversion of Jefferson Street from a one-way to a
two-way route. The roadway was also reduced from four lanes to two and the
sidewalk was widened making the popular corridor safer and more inviting for
people who walk and bike. Next time you’re out here though, you’ll notice
there’s more than just that. The Jefferson Streetscape design relies
on the breadth of the landscape medium, paving materials, topography, lighting,
plants and spatial organization to achieve accessibility to pedestrians
along the entire length of Jefferson Street. This includes improved
intersections, new pedestrian plazas on the street corners, pedestrian scale
lighting, bike parking, public seating and more. The resulting design celebrates the
history of the wharf and San Francisco’s roots along the waterfront while
creating a streetscape that embraces today’s walkable and bikable city. Most
exciting, the project has proven to be such a success that phase two is
underway. So come and check it out for yourself! Hello from Dolores Park. The
park is bound by 18th Street on the North, 20th Street on the South,
Dolores Street on the East and Church Street on the West. Mission Dolores Park
is one of my favorite spots because it provides an urban oasis in an otherwise
densely packed neighborhood. Many neighbors consider this their
backyard — it’s a place for children of all ages, those who have pets, those who
play sports, those who want to hang with friends or those who just want to lay in
the sun. People from in and out of San Francisco come together to enjoy this
green space. San Francisco Public Works helped shape the final design of this
project. The reimagined park now is home to six tennis courts, a multi-use court, a
basketball court, a sports field, the Helen Diller playground, two off-leash
dog areas, improved irrigation and public restrooms and of course the expansive
lawns. If you haven’t already, come experience
the Dolores Park for yourself. Sunset Boulevard starts at Lake Merced and ends
at Golden Gate Park. The boulevard is lined with gorgeous tree canopies and is
great for runners, walkers, cyclists and serves as a scenic road for people who
drive. Public Works tree and landscape crews take great pride in caring for
this area. District 4 Supervisor Katie Tang, who represents the Sunset District,
wanted to make Sunset Boulevard even more inviting and worked with Public
Works to install outdoor exercise equipment along the green-way. Her goal
encouraged the community to explore Sunset Boulevard and engage in healthy
physical activity. As a resident of the Outer Sunset, the fitness equipment along
Sunset Boulevard allows me an easy opportunity to exercise outdoors and
it’s really fun! As a runner I have always appreciated
San Francisco’s nature and I’m happy to have the advantage of working out even
while waiting for stoplights using our community’s new outdoor fitness
equipment. Come try it out for yourself. Oh hey, didn’t see you there. Don’t mind
me I’m just here at my favorite San Francisco spot: Lilac Alley. When I think
about San Francisco I think about a city that’s deeply rooted in arts and culture.
San Francisco has evolved to be such an iconic place in the world because
different communities use arts and culture as a base for making San
Francisco home. Lilac Alley is a two-block stretch in the Mission District
containing an array of murals that showcase the talent of local artists.
Whether it’s something silly, iconic, political or cultural the alley is a
feast for your eyes and can be used as the perfect spot for a very likeable
selfie. Through our Adopt a Street and Graffiti Watch programs community members can partner with Public Works to make sure the dynamic alley is in its
best shape for neighbors and visitors. and that the murals maintain their
vibrancy and aren’t blighted by graffiti vandals. Growing up here in San Francisco
gave me the opportunity to explore many cool and unusual spots that only San
Francisco has to offer. One of my favorite spots is the Palace of Fine Arts in the Marina District. This
architectural jewel was constructed in 1915 as part of the Panama Pacific
International Exposition. One of the showpiece structures was the Palace of Fine Arts designed by architect Bernard R. Maybach who was inspired by Roman ruins. After the exposition, most of the buildings
were torn down but San Franciscans loved the magical palace so much they decided
to keep it. Today, people come from all over the world to visit this magnificent
attraction — the ornate rotunda and serene pond make it the ideal location to host
weddings and events. I personally enjoy walking around the palace and taking in
its inherent beauty and tranquility. Public Works led a multi-phase
improvement project completed in 2009 that included seismic upgrades
restoration, of walkways and other upgrades to preserve the history and
splendor of the Palace of Fine Arts. If you haven’t already, come check it out! The Esmeralda Slide has been a popular spot for generations of San Franciscans. The park opened in 1979 and was developed by local artists, neighborhood
activists and Public Works employees. You can find the park tucked away on
Esmeralda Avenue in Bernal Heights. The park is cared for by a group of Street
Park volunteers. What makes this place so special?
Side-by-side, 40-foot slides that can bring a smile to both children and adults. As one of those kids who was lucky enough to have grown up in San
Francisco, it’s been a very special place to me for a long time. I’m sure once you
ride the slides you’ll know why. It’s important to remember that these parks
are maintained by neighbors. They’re gems of San Francisco and we want them to keep shining so pack it in, pack it out and do your part to clean up. We hope you enjoyed exploring the city with us. Do you have a favorite public space that
many folks may not know about? Please share it with us in the comments below. Until next time… thanks for joining us in Public Works TV. I am Marlena Cohen. I keep SF curious. I am Public Works. Together we are Public Works.

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