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Two Steps Forward, One Step Back

Just as the Planning Department has begun strictly enforcing signage requirements on POPOS—the beloved but in some cases notoriously hard to find privately owned public open spaces dotting downtown—the InterContinental Hotel at Howard and Fifth streets may be granted the right to privatize its public terraces. Given that the terraces are in constant shadow and facing a wall, the idea of trading the POPOS for more appealing sites nearby is not a bad one, writes John King—as long as the move doesn't set a tempting precedent for other property owners who want out of POPOS upkeep. [Previously; SFGate/Photo via SF Planning]