Before the old street trees were cut down on Castro Street for the sidewalk widening project, posters were taped to them asking they be kept and incorporated into the new design.
Besides being year late, it’s a compromise the city made in rebuilding Valencia Street and proved to be a problem. The trees that were once sat near the edge of the edge of the sidewalk are now right in the middle of the walkway.
During the community design process for Castro Street, the City botanist didn’t have to do much advocacy for starting over. It’s only a short walk down to Valencia Street where we can see examples of it set up each way on different blocks. We also didn’t have very many trees before anyway. Many of the tree-wells were empty and those that were filled had a mismatched set of trees ranging in species, age, and health.
If history is a guide, the street won’t see a major overhaul for at least a century. The trees will be mature enough to be above us and providing shade within a decade. At least in my groups at the community workshops, most people took the 10 year view of what the new Castro Street will be like once it’s grown in a bit.
Art City Project turns billboards into easels in SF
The artwork is easily missable amid the Mission District mishmash, but this forlorn corner at 16th/South Van Ness is the central setting of “Way Out West,” a free public art exhibition that will amount to 11 billboards, four bus shelters and three rolling Muni buses.
The billboards are up for just a month, a pilot for an ambitious plan to rent every billboard in the city, all 7,000 of them, and cover them with photographs and paintings.
"We have this idea of trying to turn an entire city into an art gallery," says Luke Groesbeck, founder of the Art City Project, a new nonprofit that has raised $100,000 to pay for the pilot.
"What happens if you take all of the outdoor advertising in San Francisco, take down the ads and put up art?" asks Groesbeck, 30, a former tech worker. "This is a first example of how we start to illustrate this possible future."
read more: sfgate, 21.07.14. go see. until 17th aug 2014.