Editorial: A piazza for North Beach needed for the future

The City, justly famous for its places of repose for pedestrians, lacks such an urban gem in North Beach. That’s surprising for all the reasons associated with the neighborhood’s bohemian reputation. And, no, that alley named for Jack Kerouac doesn’t cut it.

We’re pleased to see a community effort to raise private and public funds to build a piazza on Columbus Avenue, and we hope private donors spare the taxpayers. The immigrant/beat/hip spirit must not be reflected in the institutional look typical of municipal planners. Besides, America’s arts and entertainment sectors owe much to that special precinct and could take charge.

For landscaping inspiration, we might look to Rubicon Estates in Rutherford, where Francis Ford Coppola — now there’s a North Beach beneficiary — created exactly the right atmosphere.

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