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Poetry Motion

Lawrence Ferlinghetti, the 95-year-old founder of the famed City Lights bookstore, has decided that his North Beach neighborhood is in need of a "literary meeting place." He's backing a proposal to shut down a block of Vallejo Street and replace traffic with a "poets' plaza" featuring colored stones, a place for poetry readings, and a stone planter box. Former supervisor Angela Alioto is a major advocate of the project and is searching for the $2.4 million to make the plaza a reality. [SF Examiner]