San Francisco is a city set in the midst of immense beauty, with ocean and waterscapes and large parklands nearby (such as Point Reyes National Seashore, and Golden Gate National Park). Yet, nature within the dense, highly urbanized neighborhoods of this city is much more limited. The city is an international leader in sustainability, aspiring to produce all the energy it needs from renewable sources and to become “zero-waste” by 2030, but increasingly recognizes the need to ensure San Franciscans have more nature nearby and closer to home. Partly in response to this need the City has become a pioneer in promoting the creation of small urban spaces, from street parks to the pavements to parks program to the creation of so-called “parklets”.

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Pavement to Parks Program Analysis (SFSU Urban Studies and Planning Senior Seminar Students Selina Weiss and Lindsey Sonnen)