Public Works crews spruce up Chinatown for Lunar New Year

San Francisco Public Works crews will be sprucing up The City’s Chinatown District over the next few weeks to help...

San Francisco Public Works crews will be sprucing up The City’s Chinatown District over the next few weeks to help usher in the Year of the Tiger for the Lunar New Year, which begins Feb. 1.

The Dragon Gate at Grant Avenue and Bush Street is being power washed, the Broadway Tunnel is being spiffed up, and a pothole-repair blitz is underway throughout the iconic neighborhood, Public Works officials said. Crews are removing litter, painting out graffiti and steam cleaning sidewalks and alleyways to get ready for festivities.

“Lunar New Year is one of the most celebrated festivals in San Francisco and all around the world,” said Mayor London Breed. “We are committed to working with Public Works to make sure that Chinatown residents and merchants are prepared to ring in the Year of the Tiger, bringing us strength, bravery, joy and health.”

Events for the Lunar New Year begin Feb. 1, leading up to the Chinese New Year Parade on Feb. 19. More information on the parade and events can be found at chineseparade.com.

In addition to spiffing up streets and structures, Public Works crews will conduct inspections through Jan. 30 to ensure sidewalk merchandise displays provide access for safe pedestrian passage.

Chinatown, the largest of its kind outside of Asia, is one of the most densely populated neighborhoods in the United States.

“The annual Lunar New Year festivities are a source of pride not just for the Chinatown community but for all of San Francisco, and Public Works is honored to do our part to help this iconic neighborhood look its best,” said interim Public Works Director Carla Short.

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