In a densely populated city like San Francisco, access to nature, even to a small pocket of nature, can be important to residents’ well being. Land use planning in the City has long included the concept of “Privately Owned Public Spaces” or “POPS,” whereby developers are granted certain waivers or modifications if their building plans include public spaces. Last year, we explored a number of these spaces south of Market St., so today we’ll look at more than 20 others on the north side of Market St. throughout the Financial District. These spaces run the gamut from beautifully landscaped and maintained mini parks to sidewalk extensions with or without any amenities.
Our route of about 25 blocks will be mostly level, but will involve a number of stairs.
DETAILS: Wear layered clothes and comfortable street shoes. Leashed dogs are permitted. Meet at 2 pm at intersection of Front and Clay Sts., a short walk NE from Embarcadero Station. Outing will end near Market and 2nd Sts.