The plan is an interagency effort managed by the Planning Department in partnership with multiple city agencies including San Francisco Public Works, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, San Francisco Recreation & Parks, San Francisco Real Estate Division, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, San Francisco Public Health, and the Office of Economic and Workforce Development. The Public Realm Plan is part of the City’s larger Civic Center initiative to improve the area as both a neighborhood gathering space and a public commons for all San Franciscans.

Public Life Study:

Analyses of how people currently use Civic Center’s public realm throughout the day. Findings will serve as the basis for developing and testing preliminary ideas for improvements through temporary, physical installations.

Streetscape Design Standards:

Guidelines for contextually-appropriate locations and design palettes for streetscape amenities such as lighting, trees, and paving.

Transportation Infrastructure Plan:

Upgrades to the transportation infrastructure throughout the plan area including parking, streetscape paving, street design, transit improvements, and pedestrian and bicycle facilities.

Focus Area Designs:

Conceptual designs for key public spaces and streets within the area.

Activation Strategy:

Methods for activating and stewarding public spaces, focused on long-term changes that will increase public use and enjoyment of Civic Center (e.g. reuse of Brooks Hall).

Implementation Strategy:

Funding and phasing strategy for implementation of proposed improvements.

The Plan is an interagency effort managed by San Francisco Planning in partnership with multiple City agencies:
  • San Francisco Public Works,
  • San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency,
  • San Francisco Recreation and Park,
  • San Francisco Real Estate Division,
  • San Francisco Public Utilities Commission,
  • San Francisco Public Health and the
  • Office of Economic and Workforce Development.

The Plan is part of San Francisco Planning’s ongoing efforts to improve the area as both a neighborhood gathering space and common area for everyone who lives in, works in and visits San Francisco.

The plan area is roughly bounded by Gough Street, Golden Gate Avenue, Market Street and Fell Street and encompasses the San Francisco Civic Center Landmark District. Areas highlighted in yellow on the map above are special focus areas for design work. Chief among these design focus areas are the three public spaces that link City Hall to Market Street: Civic Center Plaza, Fulton Street, and United Nations Plaza.

Plan Components

The following components will make up the Civic Center Public Realm Plan:

  • Public Life Study: Analyses of how people currently use Civic Center’s public realm throughout the day. Findings will serve as the basis for developing and testing preliminary ideas for improvements through temporary, physical installations.
  • Streetscape Design Standards: Guidelines for contextually-appropriate locations and design palettes for streetscape amenities such as lighting, trees, and paving.
  • Transportation Infrastructure Plan: Upgrades to the transportation infrastructure throughout the plan area including parking, streetscape paving, street design, transit improvements, and pedestrian and bicycle facilities.
  • Focus Area Designs: Conceptual designs for key public spaces and streets within the area.
  • Activation Strategy: Methods for activating and stewarding public spaces, focused on long-term changes that will increase public use and enjoyment of Civic Center (e.g. reuse of Brooks Hall).
  • Implementation Strategy: Funding and phasing strategy for implementation of proposed improvements.

Meetings & Events

A series of community outreach and engagement events will begin in Spring 2016. Check back here for more details, or sign-up for the project’s mailing list for the latest updates.

If your group would like to hear more about the plan, please contact us.