Plaques directing San Franciscans to often-hidden public open spaces downtown will be more visible under new rules adopted Thursday by the Planning Commission.
The guidelines for dozens of privately owned public open spaces — small parks, gardens, plazas and sunny sitting areas, some located atop high-rises — aim to create signs that are of uniform size and design, and are easier to notice and read, under legislation introduced by Board of Supervisors President David Chiu.
Planning commissioners approved the new guidelines unanimously Thursday, adding suggestions about requiring property owners to keep the spaces in good shape, providing workers at the sites with information about them, and looking into whether The City can pursue no-smoking regulations there.
Although there was little dissent among the commissioners, one owner of a mixed commercial-residential property expressed concern that better signage would attract homeless “vagrants” and drug users into the open spaces.
The so-called “POPOS” were designed to meet the “quality open space” needs of downtown workers, residents and visitors, according to the Planning Department.
For a list of The City's POPOS see below.
In 2009, the San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association compiled a list of 68 such spaces scattered throughout the downtown area. The City is working to update that list.
SPUR’s 2009 Secrets of San Francisco list included 68 green spaces at 56 downtown locations. For descriptions, visit spur.org/files/popos-guide.pdf.
Source: San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association