Pricey Retro Streetlights Coming to Van Ness Avenue In November

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“The on-again, off-again lights inspired by ca. 1915 street design are back on again, after being nixed by the SFMTA and the San Francisco Historic Preservation Commission. Matier & Ross reported in the Sunday Chronicle that more than 300 faux-historic, retro street...

Retro-look Van Ness streetlights back in plan, but purists take dim view

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“Responding to pressure from neighborhood groups and the Board of Supervisors, San Francisco officials have agreed to spend an extra $6.5 million to install 350 faux-historic streetlights on the redone Van Ness Avenue. The streetlights, which will cost $18,500 each to make...

Public Transit is About to Get Prettier

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“While Muni is not usually the subject of positive and exciting hubbub, the art world should take note. The Muni Art Project, now in its third year, has begun its voting process to select which Bay Area artists will get the opportunity to have their artwork featured inside...

Video For Good | SF Beautiful

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“In this episode I speak with SF Beautiful’s Executive Director Darcy Brown and Communications Manager Peter Clarke about how they are using video and social media to increase awareness of their mission and programs…” Read More

Meet The Muni Art 2017 Artists

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Over the past few months we went out and interviewed our Muni Art 2017 winners. These short clips are a great introduction to our winning artists and their art!   Monica Tiulescu – Teens of San Francisco Teens of San Francisco is a series of portrait paintings...

Rogue bike-share: Bringing chaos to our public spaces

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“Keeping our city beautiful, clean and livable for current and future generations is a fundamental tenet of civic stewardship for all San Franciscans. For the countless residents who work hard every day to do their part in achieving this goal, we know that can be far easier...

Replicating San Francisco Street Lights

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John Rook, Owner of Lera Glass Co. talks to San Francisco Beautiful about replicating historic street lights in San Francisco.  

Muni rolls out new local art on buses

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“Our mostly funky, aged coaches are rarely pleasing to the eye, but starting today the winning works from the 2017 San Francisco Beautiful competition will inject a touch more culture and tranquility into your daily commute. One hundred city buses now bear the imprimatur of...

Preserving S.F.’s past or moving to the future: Historic street lamps spark debate

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“Truth be told, I’ve never paid much attention to the historic street lamps along Van Ness Avenue. Maybe they’ve escaped your notice as well. But they’re the subject of San Francisco’s latest debate over how to preserve remnants of the past, a discussion that grows more...

Placemaking spaces—from Muni buses to Apple’s town squares

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“When you visit San Francisco, it’s unlikely that a Muni bus will be on your list of notable must-see attractions. But if you live here, or are an explorative visitor, you’re apt to find yourself on one. Though the fleet of electric trolleys and hybrid buses tap into the...