They're neither obvious nor clearly marked, but privately owned public open spaces (a.k.a. POPOS) are all over downtown San Francisco. These privately maintained but publicly accessible spots have been a development requirement since the passage of the 1985 Downtown Plan, and there are now dozens of POPOS scattered about the city's core.
Though all were built to provide San Franciscans with more space to relax and catch a break from downtown's glut of financial centers and skyscraper-chilled sidewalks, not all POPOS were created equal.
From lush rooftops and sunny indoor atriums to redwood mini-forests, this list of 20 publicly accessible, privately maintained oases are ideal for lunch, meeting a date, or just relaxing within the frenzied confines of the FiDi.
Did we miss one that's dear to you, and deserves to be on our list ? Drop us a line or let us know in the comments.
· Two Steps Forward, One Step Back [Curbed SF]
· Secrets of San Francisco [SPUR]
· Mapping the 15 Best Privately Owned Public Open Spaces [Curbed SF]
· All Micro Week Coverage [Curbed SF]