San Francisco Beautiful objected to the proposed height limit increases of the arena’s accompanying hotel towers along the Waterfront, parking over the water, and the lack of adequate transportation congestion planning. Due to public outcry the plans to build on the Embarcadero were relocated to a more suitable location further south on the Waterfront.
In 1968 San Francisco voters approved a bond issue for Market Street reconstruction and beautification. San Francisco Beautiful advocated for the creation and successful passage of this funding to improve and enhance the character of Market Street. Friedel Klussmann was appointed by the Mayor to the Beautification Committee and helped with project oversight and community […]
SF Beautiful worked with the City and others to ensure that development that arose from the 2009 Housing Element was balanced. SF Beautiful’s position was that development must take into account San francisco’s unique “urban villages” and neighborhood character.
In 1947, our founder, Friedel Klussmann, organized the Citizens Committee to Save the Cable Cars, fought back many threats through the years to curtail or abolish the system and finally in 1971 led the successful Proposition Q ballot initiative for the City Charter amendment freezing the minimum cable car service at the levels provided for as of July of that year.
In 2013, the Clement Street Pole Gardens Project was honored for their creativity in bringing beauty to unexpected public spaces. The Clement Street Pole Gardens are small hanging gardens placed on various parking meters along Clement Street in the Richmond. Neighbors really enjoyed this anonymous gardener’s whimsical approach to making the street more beautiful and […]
In 2012, the newly installed Parklet at 46th Ave and Noriega was honored for its innovative design. As the first perpendicular parklet, this project is (de)paving the way for future public placemaking design breakthroughs. For more than 40 years, San Francisco Beautiful has been honoring San Franciscans who make special contributions to the unique character […]
In 2010, San Francisco Beautiful gave a Beautification Award to the Tenderloin National Forest. Two decades in the making, this alley in the heart of a challenged neighborhood has been transformed, with funding from the Art Commission and Mayor’s office, into a garden of redwood trees, performance and public art, classes and activities. For more than […]
In 2009, San Francisco Beautiful recognized Piers 1 1/2, 3 & 5 with a Beautification Award. The restoration of these historic pier structures has created a commercial development space with public waterfront access. The project is the effort of San Francisco Waterfront Partners, LLC and the Port of San Francisco. For more than 40 years, […]
In 2006, San Francisco Beautiful recognized the Candlestick Point Beautification Project with a Beautification Award. Beyond the vast stadium parking lot are views of the bay and downtown San Francisco. This hidden area of the City features fine weather, steep slopes, and unique houses. A few years ago, it was also host to criminal elements and its […]
In 2004, San Francisco Beautiful recognized Pier 1: The Embarcadero with a Beautification Award. When the Ferry Building was closed for major retrofit and conversion into general commercial use, the Port of San Francisco needed a new home. The developer of Pier 1 abided by and worked with the Port’s community advisors to create new offices and […]