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.
Market Street Beautification Bond
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.
Historic Preservation Commission
San Francisco Beautiful helped establish the Historic Preservation Commission in The Historic Preservation Commission is responsible for identifying and designating San Francisco landmarks and buildings and for reviewing applications for Certificates of Appropriateness for alterations, site improvements and new construction.
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.
SF Beautiful has long worked to limit the presence of billboards, general advertising, and other visual pollution throughout the city. We pass and enforce legislation to limit, reduce, and regulate billboards, and general advertising.
Clement Street Pole Gardens
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 […]
Bayview Opera House
In 2012, San Francisco Beautiful recognized the Bayview Opera House preservation with a Beautification Award. For more than 40 years, San Francisco Beautiful has been honoring San Franciscans who make special contributions to the unique character and beauty of our City with the Annual Beautification Awards.
In 2011, San Francisco Beautiful recognized the renovation of the Sunnyside Conservatory with a Beautification Award. A 100-year old treasure once slated for demolition in the Sunnyside neighborhood, the Sunnyside Conservatory was saved by a dedicated group of community members to preserve and repurpose this cherished neighborhood landmark. For more than 40 years, San Francisco Beautiful […]