Van Ness Construction Forecast: May 7, 2017 – May 19, 2017

PLANNED ALERT The following Van Ness Improvement Project construction forecast is subject to change due to weather or unforeseen conditions. For more project details, please visit sfmta.com/vanness. Those who travel in and through the area are advised to take alternate routes and plan for delays. Sunday, May 7: Between the hours of 10:00 p.m. Sunday and 5:00 a.m. Monday, the Overhead Contact System that powers the buses will be removed on Van Ness from Union to Lombard streets. Traffic and Transit Advisory: Between the hours of 10:00 p.m. Sunday and 5:00 a.m. Monday, some traffic lan...
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New Public Art for Bill Graham Civic Auditorium Can Be Viewed at the Library

The San Francisco Arts Commission announces the proposal display for a new public artwork for the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. The objective of this project is to activate and enliven the Polk Street and west facing Hayes Street façades of the Auditorium with a significant, museum-caliber artwork of the highest aesthetic quality for permanent display. This project is the first public art project to be funded through the auspices of the Public Art Trust with a contribution made by The Emerald Fund, the developers who are constructing two residential properties across from the Auditorium. Re...
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Chronicle: Rejuvenating SF Civic Center Plaza: a challenge beyond design

By John King, San Francisco Chronicle | February 9, 2017 | Updated: February 11, 2017 4:33pm Photo: Anooshey Rahim, Andrea Cochran Landscape Architecture A rendering that shows the new playgrounds designed by Andrea Cochran Landscape Architecture for the east side of Civic Center Plaza. The groundbreaking is Feb. 14, 2017, and the spaces should open by the end ... more Planners and politicians have long wrestled with how to “fix” Civic Center Plaza and the blocks around it — a grand governmental hub, but also an often troublesome void. Now that challenge is the focus ...
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SPUR Talk: Cleaning Up the Civic Center Commons

By Providing Art, Helping the Homeless, and Picking up Refuse, Groups are Revitalizing the Area The SPUR panel explained that art, such as these lanterns, are just part of what they've done to revitalize Civic Center Commons. Photo: Streetsblog By Roger Rudick Feb 9, 2017 Yesterday afternoon, representatives from the city, charity groups, and the Exploratorium, gave a presentation at SPUR‘s downtown San Francisco center about their collaborative efforts to clean up the Civic Center Commons/UN Plaza area and make it into an attractive and inviting urban forum, while helping t...
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Van Ness Construction Update

UPDATE:  Van Ness Improvement Project This civic improvement project will bring San Francisco’s first Bus Rapid Transit system. To maximize the benefits of construction, we will also be replacing major utilities including water, sewer and emergency firefighting water systems, repaving Van Ness Avenue, enhancing streetlights and landscaping, and installing new sidewalk lighting and rain gardens. Construction in the median of Van Ness has begun and includes the removal of contaminated soil, 86 trees and the concrete curb. This work is necessary to provide room for construction activity and to ...
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SPUR Panel to Talk About Civic Center Commons: Creating Inclusive Public Space

The city and many community partners are bringing new and dynamic attractions and experiences to the Civic Center Commons — Civic Center Plaza, United Nations Plaza and the space between — while better engaging and serving the low- or no-income people who rely on these spaces every day. Hear from the multi-disciplinary team that is currently working on this complex equation and learn how they’ve outlined a road map for creating a truly inclusive public space. Generously sponsored by Zendesk. Randy Carter / Hunters Point Family Amy Cohen / San Francisco Office of Economic and Workforce ...
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Construction Forecast: February 5, 2017 – February 17, 2017

The following Van Ness Improvement Project construction forecast is subject to change due to weather conditions or unforeseen conditions. For more project details, please visit  Sunday, February 5: Between the hours of 10:00 p.m. Sunday and 5:00 a.m. Monday, the Overhead Contact System that powers the electric buses will be removed on Van Ness from McAllister to Eddy streets. Traffic Advisory: Between the hours of 10:00 p.m. Sunday and 5:00 a.m. Monday, some traffic lanes may be closed for construction activity. Monday, February 6: Work will occur in the median on Van Ness from Hayes to Sut...
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Technicolor Zen Garden @ Asian Art Museum, February 5

Come celebrate the passage of the New Year at the Technicolor Zen Garden! Stationed outside the Asian Art Museum at the corner of Larkin + Fulton, this multi-sensory garden draws influence from scientific and cultural practices of mindfulness, meditation, and compassionate behavior. Inspired by Japanese Zen Gardens, Ugo Rondinone's Seven Magic Mountains (http://www.sevenmagicmountains.com/) and Stanford's Center for Compassion Altruism Research and Education (http://ccare.stanford.edu/), this colorful 2,000+ sq. ft. enclosure will feature five unique activities including: Vanishing drawin...
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Van Ness Construction Forecast: Jan. 28, 2017 – Feb. 10, 2017

The following Van Ness Improvement Project construction forecast is subject to change due to weather conditions or unforeseen conditions. For more project details, please visit sfmta.com/vanness. Saturday, January 28: Work will occur in the median on Van Ness from Ellis to Geary streets. Sunday, January 29: Work will occur in the median on Van Ness from Turk to Ellis streets. Between the hours of 10:00 p.m. Sunday and 5:00 a.m. Monday, the Overhead Contact System that powers the electric buses will be removed on Van Ness from Post to Sutter streets. Traffic Advisory: Between the ho...
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Helen Diller Playgrounds in Civic Center to Break Ground on February 14

The Trust For Public Land, the San Francisco Recreation & Park Department, and the Helen Diller Family Foundation invite you to celebrate the start of construction on these innovative, creative play spaces in the heart of the city. Join them for the groundbreaking of the Helen Diller Civic Center Playgrounds! Tuesday, February 14, 2017 11:00am – 1:00pm Civic Center Plaza Larkin Street at Fulton Street San Francisco, CA 94102 [cherry_google_map geo_address="Civic Center Plaza Larkin Street at Fulton Street San Francisco, CA 94102" zoom_value="17" map_style="light-monochrome" map_...
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Large-Scale Sculptures Will Light Up Civic Center Plaza Until March

Display to Honor Chinese New Year and the 20th Anniversary of the Establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Sculptures are on view January 30 – March 10, 2017 City and cultural leaders will gather in honor of Chinese New Year and to mark the 20th Anniversary of the Establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region with a dedication and lighting ceremony for six large-scale illuminated bamboo lanterns by Hong Kong artist Freeman Lau. Titled Sui Sui Ping An – Peace All Year Round, the installation was organized by the San Francisco Arts Commission, Recreation &...
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