Mayor Ed Lee, Supervisor Jane Kim and the Yerba Buena Community Benefit District have just unveiled the Yerba Buena Street Life Plan. It features the City's first mobile parklets and a 36-project road map for the next decade of parks, plazas, alleys, walking and biking paths, public art and open spaces in the Yerba Buena neighborhood. For those who are not familiar, the Yerba Buena neighborhood is a small section of SoMa that's bordered by Second and 5th streets and Harrison and Market streets. City agencies, YBCBD and CMG Landscape Architecture developed the plan over the last year, with help from Yerba Buena residents and local business owners.
"The Yerba Buena Street Life Plan is a thoughtful and exciting vision to support resident and business goals in the district," said Mayor Lee. “These are important programs to facilitate vibrant social interaction and to promote pedestrian safety, beauty, sustainability and community pride. This collaborative community effort demonstrates how we can work hand-in-hand to improve our neighborhoods for residents, visitors and people of all ages.”
The plan's projects vary from temporary installations to long-term, large-scale urban design improvements. What kind of temporary installations, you ask? The Yerba Buena Parkmobiles Project consists of 16' x 5'-9" containers that hold gardens. Some of the gardens will include plants like Tasmanian Tree Ferns and Big Blue Lily Turf, both of which can withstand the hustle and bustle of the busy neighborhood. The parkmobiles will take over parking spaces for two to six months and will be circulated in the district.
The plan also features a redesigned plaza at Moscone Center; clean energy solar docking stations for public use; new dog parks and dog runs; new bike paths and bike parking; and artistic crosswalks.
Want to learn more? There's a soiree at the SPUR Urban Center Gallery tonight that will unveil a road map for the projects and the launch of the parkmobiles. It's from 6 to 8pm at 654 Mission Street. Admission is $5 for SPUR members and Yerba Buena residents and $20 for non-members and the general public.
· Opening party! STREET LIFE | YERBA BUENA a community design initiative [SPUR]