San Francisco’s sidewalks are receiving an upgrade that is removing concrete and replacing it with community gardens.
The program, run by Friends of the Urban Forest in partnership with the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, will help remove “excess” concrete and improve drainage during storms, as well as beautify neighborhoods. Read More
Alvarado Elementary School in Noe Valley is a white-walled, two-story building that stretches for a city block just east of Twin Peaks. Nothing on the exterior of the building, constructed in the early 1900s, would lead passers-by to realize that what sits atop it is a first for San Francisco. Read More
A man was caught carting around 600 pounds of stolen copper wire Tuesday after he attempted to sell a clearly stamped Department of Public Works manhole cover to a Dogpatch recycling center, police said. Read More
The fans providing fresh air for motorists, pedestrians and cyclists moving through the Broadway Tunnel are so old, spare parts no longer exist to fix them when something goes wrong — and the devices monitoring the carbon monoxide levels in the passageway are out of service. Read More
The site of the fire-damaged Fleishhacker Pool building at the San Francisco Zoo will most likely become open space, with pieces of the building possibly put on display to commemorate the site’s history, city officials said Tuesday as demolition crews worked nearby. Read More
After a half-decade without any improvements, the condition of San Francisco streets may finally be on the upswing.
For the fifth straight year, streets received a grade of 64 out of 100 for their pavement condition from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, the region’s lead transportation agency. Read More
San Francisco’s lack of care for its urban forest was underscored during a hearing Thursday that was called by Supervisor Scott Wiener, who is attempting to figure out how to reform The City’s tree care system.
San Francisco oversees 110,000 street trees and 130,000 park trees. Including both public and privately owned areas, there are 670,000 trees in The City. Read More
Most gardens are firmly rooted in the ground. But a new idea in San Francisco would make planting spaces movable so they can use land for a short time before being relocated.
The project, called Nomad Gardens, looks to combine the availability of land that is waiting to be developed with the desire of San Franciscans to participate in urban gardening and food production. Read More
The funding required for maintaining trees along our streets and in the parks of San Francisco is a growing problem that urgently needs to be addressed.
When it comes to trees in city parks and open space, the issue is simple — money needs to be dedicated from The City’s general fund to pay for the services of arborists. Unless we want our parks to be barren wastelands devoid of trees, we need to dedicate resources to keeping them healthy. Read More