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 1998 San Francisco Beautiful undertook a campaign to advocate for the undergrounding of utility wires. The campaign resulted in the Undergrounding Taskforce which combine private and public funds to underground a small part of is ongoing.
Tree Relinquishment Program
Citing budget constraints, the City began transferring the care of street trees to property owners in 2011. With funding for only 11 arborists, the Department of Public Works is unable to properly care for the 105,000 street trees under its jurisdiction. San Francisco Beautiful opposes the tree relinquishment program and supports the Planning Department’s Urban […]
San Francisco Beautiful advocates preparation of a comprehensive street lighting and outdoor lighting plan.
In 1993, San Francisco Beautiful worked with North Beach merchants and the Department of Public Works to draft Order 162,240, which made outdoor cafe and restaurant seating legal in San Francisco.
Road Repaving and Street Safety Bond
Sixty-eight percent of voters approved the Road Repaving and Street Safety Bond (Measure B). While the bulk of bond proceeds are for repaving or reconstruction of deteriorating streets, funds will also go towards implementing citywide pedestrian & bicycle safety improvements, increasing sidewalk accessibility, upgrading traffic signal infrastructure and strengthening bridges, overpasses and stairways. SF Beautiful […]
Public Art Fee
San Francisco Beautiful advocated for a change to the Administrative Code resulting in Section 3.19 Public Art Ordinance requiring 2% of the cost of new construction to go toward public art. This has resulted in millions of dollars directly funding new public art throughout the city.
Prop A & C
In 2000, San Francisco Beautiful supported Proposition A, a $110 million general obligation bond measure that will fund acquisition, repair, and improvement of San Francisco’s neighborhood parks, fields, and natural areas. Proposition C, a charter amendment to extend the city’s Open Space Fund and establish a Citizen’s Advisory Committee to oversee the Fund. It also […]
Plaza Activation Legislation
SF Beautiful advocated for the passage of this legislative package that adds vibrancy and attention to our public plazas while encouraging local stewardship. Approved in 2014, the City’s Plaza Program allows residents and visitors to engage in and implement uses of the public realm for community supported activities such as art and music events, farmers’ markets, movie […]
A pilot program designed to make it easier for residents to close a block or two to cars and open them for play and community-building. SF Beautiful partnered with Sunday Streets to hold workshops to get neighborhood organizers up to speed on best practices for holding successful events. The program successfully reduced the fees and […]