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Sunday Streets to Great Streets – A Celebration!

Too bad this is scheduled at the same time as the Rincon Hill Neighborhood Association’s monthly meeting, but I thought I’d share it anyway …

Enrique Penalosa & San Francisco Great Streets Project Launch Celebration

Tuesday, July 7th 5:30-7:30 pm
Koret Auditorium, Main Public Library in San Francisco (100 Larkin)
FREE; Valet bicycle parking provided.

Meet Enrique Penalosa, former Mayor of Bogota, Colombia and internationally-renowned innovator in the fields of transportation, housing and land use for large cities, as he discusses how San Francisco can learn from international best practices in urban public space development. San Francisco’s successful Sunday Streets program is based on Penalosa’s wildly popular “Ciclovia” system in Bogota. Thanks to Mayor Penalosa, Bogota has also become an international gold standard for Bus Rapid Transit. Penalosa will discuss how San Francisco can accomplish and benefit from further improvements to our city’s public realm.

This event will also celebrate the launch of the San Francisco Great Streets Project, a new campaign to catalyze the return of our city’s streets to their rightful place as the center of civic life in this wonderful city by working with government, business, and neighborhood leaders to test, analyze and institutionalize placemaking.

This is not a library sponsored event. Penalosa’s visit made possible by ITDP.

On a related note ….

San Francisco’s new “Pavement to Parks” projects seek to temporarily reclaim these unused swathes and quickly and inexpensively turn them into new public plazas and parks. During the temporary closure, the success of these plazas will be evaluated to understand what adjustments need to be made in the short term, and ultimately, whether the temporary closure should be a long term community investment.

The City welcome’s suggestions for locations that meet these criteria. Please contact sfpavementtoparks@sfgov.org if you have a place in mind.

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