WHAT’S HAPPENING ATTHE N JUDAH TURNAROUND?A report for the neighborhood on progress with theN Judah Turnaround Beautificat...
As partners of the Neighborhood Empowerment Network, our team of            City Hall Fellows joined the N Judah Turnaroun...
Page 1    Title and Introductory PagesPage 6    Project Process OverviewPage 12   Project Vision & ValuesPage 14 Backgroun...
WHAT INSPIRED US                       This report is for you.                                                            ...
A self-starter group of residents                     took it upon themselves to                     enlist the support of...
A group of community leaders—comprised ofmerchants, neighbor-hood emergency response teammembers, neighborhood watch membe...
Phase 1: Raising Awareness of Project                                                                                     ...
Phase 2: Gather ideas and identify themes                                                      The first chance for neighb...
Phase 3: Convene in a Structured Process to Finalize Action Plan“I’ve lived in thiscommunity for 30years and we’venever ha...
Phase 4: Implementation                                                              MISSING VOICES: THERE’S MORE WORK TO ...
One of the first steps inthe project wassetting a vision toguide the committee.The group hascontinued to revisethis statem...
What was valued in the                 What is valued inproject process:                       the neighborhood:Time appro...
BACKGROUNDINFORMATIONWhat plans already existthat will affect the futureof your neighborhood?                             ...
Demographic Data              Modes of Transportation                     Review of the Basics:                   Who live...
This section has a compilation of information on City and         collaborative plans and projects in and around the neigh...
CONCEPTS              PROPOSALS     PROJECTS                                                                              ...
CONCEPTS              PROPOSALS               PROJECTSOversized Vehicle   LegislationOn October 5th 2012, theBoard of Supe...
CONCEPTS   PROPOSALS     PROJECTS                                                   Ocean Beach Master Plan:              ...
CONCEPTS   PROPOSALS        PROJECTS  Current                                                    Ocean Beach Master Plan: ...
CONCEPTS   PROPOSALS         PROJECTSCurrent                                    Ocean Beach Master Plan:                  ...
CONCEPTS   PROPOSALS      PROJECTS                                                      Ocean Beach Master Plan:          ...
CONCEPTS   PROPOSALS     PROJECTS Sewer System Improvement       Program (SSIP)             Key Features:                 ...
CONCEPTS         PROPOSALS                PROJECTS                                                  Map (left): Proposed  ...
CONCEPTS         PROPOSALS              PROJECTS                                                      Example of a curb ra...
CONCEPTS         PROPOSALS             PROJECTS                                                                           ...
CONCEPTS   PROPOSALS         PROJECTSAfter: Sample proposed striping          (Ortega St)                                 ...
CONCEPTS   PROPOSALS     PROJECTS   After: Kirkham Edge-Lines                                                         Kirk...
CONCEPTS   PROPOSALS         PROJECTS  2011 Road Repaving &    Street Safety Bond   Approved by voters in November   2011,...
COMMUNITY-MADECONTENTWhat are the ideas and proposalsyour neighbors have come up with,and how might you carry them out?   ...
We organized the ideas and proposals from community members in the following pages around three themes, which were develop...
Where did these ideas comefrom? Almost all of the ideas for beautifying the turnaround and the neighborhood were gathered ...
The Community-led Design Workshop on December 25thprovided a structured process to explore a vision for theneighborhood an...
The Look and Feel     This theme is all about aesthetics, beauty, and the feeling of an identity     for the neighborhood....
WHERE WE ARE   CONCEPTS   PROPOSALS   NEXT STEPS       What’s Working!•   Diversity of neighborhood    (cultures, ages, et...
WHERE WE ARE   CONCEPTS            PROPOSALS   NEXT STEPSBefore                                                           ...
WHERE WE ARE          CONCEPTS            PROPOSALS            NEXT STEPS Aesthetics   • Mural on the MUNI building at end...
WHERE WE ARE   CONCEPTS   PROPOSALS        NEXT STEPS                                                                     ...
WHERE WE ARE            CONCEPTS       PROPOSALS           NEXT STEPS    Identity & Wayfinding     Signage CampaignDevelop...
WHERE WE ARE        CONCEPTS          PROPOSALS            NEXT STEPSStep 1                                               ...
Getting Around     This theme is all about mobility and access for getting into, out of,     and around the neighborhood. ...
WHERE WE ARE       CONCEPTS           PROPOSALS            NEXT STEPS                                                     ...
WHERE WE ARE             CONCEPTS          PROPOSALS            NEXT STEPS                      • Stack (dense) housing   ...
WHERE WE ARE        CONCEPTS        PROPOSALS   NEXT STEPS Great Highway Safety SignageWhen the Great                   Ke...
WHERE WE ARE        CONCEPTS         PROPOSALS          NEXT STEPS              Lower Great Highway Place-              ma...
WHERE WE ARE   CONCEPTS   PROPOSALS         NEXT STEPS   Safety and Accessibility Improvements   at the 45th & Lincoln Int...
WHERE WE ARE        CONCEPTS          PROPOSALS            NEXT STEPSStep 1                                               ...
Things to Do and Visit   This theme is all about the experiences and activities that enliven and   enrich the neighborhood...
WHERE WE ARE      CONCEPTS   PROPOSALS        NEXT STEPS          What’s Working!•   Parklets, outdoor gathering places•  ...
WHERE WE ARE           CONCEPTS         PROPOSALS            NEXT STEPSNew neighborhood development:                      ...
WHERE WE ARE        CONCEPTS   PROPOSALS   NEXT STEPS     La Playa Community      Information DepotTurn the MUNI bathroom ...
WHERE WE ARE           CONCEPTS   PROPOSALS      NEXT STEPSLa Playa Business District Create a La Playa Park Business Dist...
WHERE WE ARE        CONCEPTS          PROPOSALS            NEXT STEPS                                                     ...
WHERE WE ARE       CONCEPTS   PROPOSALS    NEXT STEPS                                                                     ...
WHERE WE ARE       CONCEPTS   PROPOSALS    NEXT STEPS                                                                     ...
Send your ideas you wrote down in this this report to  njudahproject@gmail.com, or just share them with people you know.  ...
Report brought to you byCity Hall Fellows (CHF) engages diverse, talented       The Neighborhood Empowerment Network (NEN)...
Project brought to you by           This project would not be possible without the tremendous support           of these o...
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The N-Judah Turnaround Beautification Project team warmly presents the final report from our December 15th community design workshop and multi-month community engagement process.

The project's goal is to beautify the area immediately around the N-Judah Turnaround and further establish our neighborhood as a distinct community and will help us create a healthier, safer, more vibrant and economically stronger place to live, work and visit.

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    1. 1. WHAT’S HAPPENING ATTHE N JUDAH TURNAROUND?A report for the neighborhood on progress with theN Judah Turnaround Beautification Project.
    2. 2. As partners of the Neighborhood Empowerment Network, our team of City Hall Fellows joined the N Judah Turnaround Beautification project to support the Community Steering Committee as part of our year in service to local government. We produced this report in January 2013 to summarize our participation in the project for the community to build upon. As a group representing the future of San Francisco local government, we tried to make this report and our involvement in this project reflect how government and communities can better work together. We were thrilled to be a part of a project that was completely community driven, and we were blown away by the efforts of the committee members and support from the community stakeholders. With the support of our many partners, the project has succeeded as an example of innovative and empowering collaboration and we‘ve accomplished more than we thought possible. We hope this success leads to future civic projects using community input as a foundation rather than an afterthought. This report represents the end of the City Hall Fellows role in the project, but we‘re glad that the community members are already continuing their efforts at implementing beautification plans, developing a strong vision for their neighborhood, and expressing their voice in city government. Angelica Quicksey, Lindsay Goodwin, Rachel Alonso, and Thomas GonzalesForeword
    3. 3. Page 1 Title and Introductory PagesPage 6 Project Process OverviewPage 12 Project Vision & ValuesPage 14 Background InformationPage 30 Community-Made Content Page 34 The Look and Feel Page 41 Getting Around Page 48 Things to Do and VisitTable of Contents
    4. 4. WHAT INSPIRED US This report is for you. We were inspired after hearing Read it, add to it, share it. the challenge: “How often do you really read a report?” We decided to take on that This report reflects the input gathered at community events challenge and create for the N Judah Beautification Turnaround Project in something that would be a November and December of 2012. useful resource for the people involved in the project. This report is for you, members of the ―La Playa‖ community that live around the N-Judah turnaround. Most reports are boring, full of jargon, and too dense to Read it to learn about what people in your neighborhood absorb. Instead, we wanted have been accomplishing and what they‘ve been discovering this one to be visual, easy to about how to make the place even better. pick up and explore, rather than something that would Add to it by using the empty spaces inside to write down collect dust on a shelf. your own ideas and keep the conversation going. This report isn‘t the end, it‘s the beginning. Share it and your ideas with anyone who might be interested. You‘re encouraged to steal, repurpose, or otherwise reuse anything you find inspiring or useful. Jot down your own _____________________ thoughts and ideas in _____________________ these thought bubbles. _____________________ _____________________ _How to use this report 5
    5. 5. A self-starter group of residents took it upon themselves to enlist the support of the Department of Public Works in creating a landscaped park and community space in the La Playa Street median, complete with a bocce ball court. This early success served to empower and excite the group around beautifying the turnaround area. Launch of La Playa ParkProject Process Overview 2009 6
    6. 6. A group of community leaders—comprised ofmerchants, neighbor-hood emergency response teammembers, neighborhood watch members, environ-mental and transportation advocates—came togetherto form the N-Judah Turnaround Beautification As they set out, they sought the support of theirProject Community Steering Committee. district supervisor. Once Supervisor Chu was on board, they were able to connect with the city‘sThe committee felt that while their part of the Outer Neighborhood Empowerment Network.Sunset—known as the ―La Playa‖ neighborhood—hadseen many improvements over time, there was still The NEN helped the committee form a strategy andopportunity for creating a stronger sense of team up with partners in order to build a morecommunity and identity amongst the area‘s diverse resilient communities. Together, they set out on theresidents. first phase of the project: raising awareness. Formation of Steering Committee Summer 2012 7
    7. 7. Phase 1: Raising Awareness of Project A pair of community engagement technology providers A creative and enthusiastic team of young civic leadersThe steering committee organized a The committee thenkick-off to get word out about the developed a detailed planproject, solicit feedback, and invite By the end of September, the NEN for getting their neighborspeople to join the committee. About had recruited three new partners: aware of and excited about40 people showed up! Crowdbrite, Neighborland, and the the project. City Hall Fellows. Public Kick-Off Meeting Outreach Plan Aug. 29 September 8
    8. 8. Phase 2: Gather ideas and identify themes The first chance for neighbors to share their ideas for the Turnaround was at an in-person event put The City Hall Fellows, Crowdbrite, and on by Neighborland. (see more on p. 32) representatives from the office of Supervisor Chu, SFMTA, SFPUC, Department of Planning, DPW, and Flyers in English and Cantonese promoted the event SPUR all met to discuss ongoing projects and and the fact that people could submit ideas via SMS plans, which are summarized later in this report. or the Neighborland website. The group also tested out the Crowdbrite These ideas were used to identify themes technology and model for the community representing residents‘ different interests—themes workshop. that in the next phase were incorporated into the community design workshop.Background Idea Gathering Public Idea Gathering October - November Nov. 17 9
    9. 9. Phase 3: Convene in a Structured Process to Finalize Action Plan“I’ve lived in thiscommunity for 30years and we’venever hadanything like this Over 60 neighbors showed up at Francis Scott Keyhappen here.” Elementary School for a hands-on, community-led design workshop. (see more on p. 33) After identifying assets and opportunities, residents divided into teams and chose one of the themes to focus on, ultimately drafting actionable proposals for The City Hall Fellows team neighborhood improvement and beautification. captured the ideas and proposals in this report! Community-led Workshop Dec. 15 Jan. 2013 10
    10. 10. Phase 4: Implementation MISSING VOICES: THERE’S MORE WORK TO DO The great ideas gathered so far have come from The next phase of the project is to put plans into a broad range of residents, but the Steering action. You can use this report to figure out what Committee hopes to make the project more proposals you might want to work on inclusive and get feedback from some of the implementing and get ideas for next steps. groups whose voices have been noticeably absent, including: Successful projects are always somewhat flexible and do not go step by step (they‘re iterative). Monolingual cantonese-speakers , which In order to implement some ideas, it might be includes many long-time residents. necessary to go back to one of the earlier phases. Local youth, who represent the future of the As the project continues, some parts might be community; there is tremendous opportunity to completed, and other parts might be incorporated tap the energy of young people in civic projects. into larger projects. Our advice: Start with what’s feasible and celebrate every success! What ideas do you have for connecting with these groups about this project? __________________ How might you begin implementing improvements? __________________ ________________________ __________________ ________________________ __________________ ________________________See more about the process online at empowersf.org/n-judah-beautification-project 11
    11. 11. One of the first steps inthe project wassetting a vision toguide the committee.The group hascontinued to revisethis statement as theproject evolves: The N-Judah Turnaround Beautification Project aims to: make the Muni metro line turnaround at La Playa Street into an asset and a place people want to be; further establish the neighborhood as a distinct community; and create a healthier, safer, more vibrant and economically resilient place to live, work, and visit.Project Vision 12
    12. 12. What was valued in the What is valued inproject process: the neighborhood:Time appropriate Diversity (cultures, ages, race) and uniquenessOutcome oriented Near nature and open spaceOpen, transparent, endorsed Walkable, small-town feelInclusive, interactive, and informed Quiet and safeCulturally sensitive and awareValues 13
    13. 13. BACKGROUNDINFORMATIONWhat plans already existthat will affect the futureof your neighborhood? 14
    14. 14. Demographic Data Modes of Transportation Review of the Basics: Who lives here? How do they get around? 15
    15. 15. This section has a compilation of information on City and collaborative plans and projects in and around the neighborhood. We’ve summarized this information in one place to give you a snapshot of what’s going on. This information comes from public agencies and similar organizations, including: • SF Department of Planning — http://www.sfplanning.org • SF Department of Public Works (DPW) — http://www.sfdpw.org • SF Public Utilities Commission (PUC) — http://www.sfwater.org • SF Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA/Muni) — http://www.sfmta.com • Golden Gate National Recreation Area — http://www.nps.gov/goga • SF Planning and Urban Research Association (SPUR) — http://www.spur.org/ CONCEPTS Ideas developed to guide improvement. PROPOSALS Specific project ideas not yet started. PROJECTS Projects that are underway or ongoing.Plans and projects underway 16
    16. 16. CONCEPTS PROPOSALS PROJECTS Infiltration The process through which stormwater Green Infrastructure runoff (rainwater) penetrates into soil from the ground surface. Technologies Creating opportunities for infiltration can simultaneously solve problems of water quality, flood control, streambank Benefits: erosion, groundwater (aquifer) recharge, and provide other ecological benefits.1. Beautifies community spaces2. Increases biodiversity3. Groundwater recharge4. Green Jobs Bioretention Systems5. Reduces urban heat island effect A type of stormwater facility that relies6. Public education improves air quality on vegetation and engineered soil to7. Reduces wastewater treatment costs capture water, allow it to infiltrate and8. Pedestrian safety/traffic calming transpire, removing pollutants in the process. Infiltration Trench Permeable Pavement A long, narrow, rock-filled A surface that functions as normal trench with no outlet that pavement but has pores or gaps that receives stormwater runoff. allow rainwater to drain to an underlying aggregate layer and Water is stored in the void infiltrate the soil beneath. spaces in the gravel layers and slowly infiltrates Less water runs off, reducing peak through the bottom of the stormwater flows. Water quality is trench into the soil. improved by removing oil and grease, metals, and suspended solids.Location: throughout San Francisco Lead Agency: SF PUC 17
    17. 17. CONCEPTS PROPOSALS PROJECTSOversized Vehicle LegislationOn October 5th 2012, theBoard of Supervisor passedlegislation that will banoversized vehicle parking incertain locations aroundthe city between 12AM and6AM Signage will go up inDecember and the firstperiod of evaluation willbegin in Jan/Feb of 2013. Key Features: 1. Oversized vehicles would be defined as motorized vehicles or trailers, or a combination of the two that are over 22 feet in length or 8 feet in height or 7 feet in width 2. The ordinance will be enforced on : • Great Highway between Lincoln and Sloat Blvd • Lincoln Way between Great Highway and Stanyan St • 36th& 37th Avenues between Lincoln and Sloat • Kirkham, Lawton, Moraga, Noriega, Ortega, Pacheco, Quintara, Rivera, Santiago, Taraval, Ulloa, Vicente, and Wawona between 36th & 37th Avenues Original proposal can be found at: http://www.sfbos.org/ftp/uploadedfiles/bdsupvrs/bosagendas/materials/bag092512_120142.pdf Legislation can be found at: http://www.sfbos.org/ftp/uploadedfiles/bdsupvrs/ordinances12/o0211-12.pdf Location: Lincoln Way, Great Highway, Sunset Blvd Lead Agency: SFMTA 18
    18. 18. CONCEPTS PROPOSALS PROJECTS Ocean Beach Master Plan: Narrowing the Great Highway Reduce the width of the Great Highway to provide amenities and facilitate managed retreat of the shoreline Key Features: 1. Narrow the Great Highway from four lanes to two south of Lincoln 2. Use the current southbound lanes for parking pockets, restrooms, signage, etc. 3. Introduce a multiuse promenade west of the road 4. Between amenities, allow dunes to migrate inland over the road and transport box 5. Improve access at Judah, Taraval, Rivera and Noriega with trailheads, signage, bike parking, landscape improvementsLocation: Ocean Beach Lead Agency: SPUR 19
    19. 19. CONCEPTS PROPOSALS PROJECTS Current Ocean Beach Master Plan: Stormwater 7-8 large discharges per year causing erosion Management Program Key Features: 1. Low impact design 2. Green infrastructure 3. Manage discharge quantity to minimize erosion Future example Before1960’s: 60-70large dischargesinto the Oceanper yearWestwood Transfer Box located at theend of Lincoln Way Location: Ocean Beach Lead Agency: SF PUC 20
    20. 20. CONCEPTS PROPOSALS PROJECTSCurrent Ocean Beach Master Plan: Coastal Management Program Key Features: 1. Beach Nourishment: Project will pull sand from the Ocean Floor and add it to the beach to prevent erosion 2. Phase in native dune restoration in key locations, especially at Lincoln and Vicente Location: Ocean Beach Lead Agency: Army Corps of Engineers, GGNRA 21
    21. 21. CONCEPTS PROPOSALS PROJECTS Ocean Beach Master Plan: Golden Gate Park Connectivity Before Key Features: 1. Make parking lot smaller After 2. Maintain row of ―watching the water‖ parking spots 3. Improve connectivity by modifying parking entrances and improve pedestrian crossings at JFK and Beach Chalet 4. Use landscape features to mark the oceanfront termination of Lincoln and Fulton streets 5. Add abundant bike parkingLocation: Ocean Beach Lead Agency: GGNRA 22
    22. 22. CONCEPTS PROPOSALS PROJECTS Sewer System Improvement Program (SSIP) Key Features: Example 1. 20-year, $6.9B citywide Before Images investment required to upgrade our aging sewer infrastructure to ensure a reliable and seismically safe sewer system now and for After generations to come 2. Upgrade grey infrastructure, such as sewer pipes and treatment plants and also integrate green infrastructure projects 3. Ensure cleaned, treated water is released into the Bay and the Pacific Ocean and continue to protect the health of our community and environmentLocation: various Lead Agency: SF PUC 23
    23. 23. CONCEPTS PROPOSALS PROJECTS Map (left): Proposed Paving candidates, bond and non-bond funded (as of May 2012) After Map (right): Bond-funded paving candidates only, by project status (as of May 2012) PCI stands for “Pavement DPW STREETS BOND - Paving Condition Index,” and is a standard Place Existing way to rate the Expected Benefits: quality of a street. Conditions Lower quality streets 1. Provides for smooth and pothole‐free (i.e., those with more streets, reducing the costs of road induced Image Here potholes and other damage and preventing accidents for defects) have lower bicyclists and drivers who must swerve to PCI scores. avoid dangerous spots in the road. 2. Improves the PCI score, to prevent Before skyrocketing costs, street degradation, and Map (above): Existing PCI scores an exponential growth in the backlog of for District 4 (as of March 2011) streets needing reconstruction. Prevents the significant increase in costs if these improvements were delayed into the future.Location: Irving Street, Great Highway, others Lead Agency: SF DPW 24
    24. 24. CONCEPTS PROPOSALS PROJECTS Example of a curb ramp (at Steiner & Grove) after reconstruction Before After Proposed curb ramps to be constructedAbove: Example of a curb ramp in District 4 with bond funding(at Steiner & Grove) in need of reconstructionBelow: Curb ramps constructed in District 4 between DPW STREETS BOND – Curb Ramps7/01/11 and 6/30/12 Key Features: 1. The law requires that the City provide curb ramps to make the public right‐of‐way accessible. 2. New ramps were constructed on Lincoln between 42nd and 47th in February 2012 3. Regardless of this legal requirement, our City wants and needs to make this investment in order to protect the safety of people with disabilities and to create a pedestrian environment that is welcoming to everyone.Location: Sunset District (various) Lead Agency: SF DPW 25
    25. 25. CONCEPTS PROPOSALS PROJECTS ID Project Name Prop B After Budget Streetscape 4-5 Irving Streetscape Improvements $3,000,000 (19th Ave to 26th Ave) 4-11 Taraval Streetscape Improvements $1,600,000 (46th Ave to 48th Ave) Follow the Paving 4-7 28th Ave Crosswalk Enhancements $2,000 (Judah to Taraval)21st Ave simulation of potential 4-17 Kirkham Street Traffic Striping (9th $8,000streetscape improvements Ave to 48th Ave) 4-6 Lincoln/20th Ave Crosswalk $69,000 Opening Before 4-12 Wawona/Crestlake Traffic Calming $20,700 DPW STREETS BOND – Streetscape Expected Benefits: 1. Decrease the likelihood of pedestrian injuries/fatalities 2. Increase accessibility for all street users 3. Promote public safety 4. Minimize the impact of global climate change and local air pollution 5. Minimize sewer/stormwater overflows into the Bay 6. Support SF‘s local shopping districts and small businesses 7. Provide new open space 8. Support neighborliness, civic interaction, and identity 9. Enhance the everyday quality of life for residents and beautifying Example of a location for a potential streetscape neighborhoods improvement project (21st Avenue) Location: Kirkham St, 28th Ave, others Lead Agency: SF DPW 26
    26. 26. CONCEPTS PROPOSALS PROJECTSAfter: Sample proposed striping (Ortega St) Place Proposed Project Image Here Before Ortega St Traffic Calming and Bike Lanes Key Features: Place Existing 1. Bike lanes proposed for Ortega St between 20th Ave and the Great Highway Conditions 2. The bike lanes would not go in before summer 2013 – after Image Here any approved traffic calming measures are constructed. 3. Traffic calming plans created by the residents includes mid- block speed humps on each of the four blocks, pedestrian islands on the west leg of 25th, 26th, and 27th Avenues with ‗Yield to Pedestrian‘ signs, continental crosswalks, and red curbs to increase visibility at the intersections.Location: Ortega St, Outer Sunset Lead Agency: SFMTA 27
    27. 27. CONCEPTS PROPOSALS PROJECTS After: Kirkham Edge-Lines Kirkham St Bike Lanes Key Features: 1. MTA applied for funding to construct islands and stripe bike lanes. 2. They were able to secure $89,000 from the Bay Area Air Quality Management District and $25,000 from Prop K funds. 3. However, the City‘s bike lane plans were put on hold pending adequate environmental review. 4. MTA has not been able to proceed with this project for this reason. However, they were able to stripe ―edge-lines‖ to narrow the lanes for a traffic calming purposeLocation: Kirkham St Lead Agency: SFMTA 28
    28. 28. CONCEPTS PROPOSALS PROJECTS 2011 Road Repaving & Street Safety Bond Approved by voters in November 2011, the ‘Streets Bond’ is the use of $248 million to improve infrastructure throughout San Francisco. Place Project Image Here More information can be found at sfdpw.org/streetsbond Key Features: 1. Street repaving 2. Curb Ramp construction 3. Damaged sidewalk repair 4. Streetscape projects 5. Traffic signal improvements 6. Street structure repair Expected Benefits: 1. Increase safety for pedestrians, bicyclists, and cars. 2. Enhance aesthetics Source: 2011 Road Repaving & Street Safety Bond Fact Sheet (http://sfdpw.org/modules/showdocument.aspx?documentid=2193)Location: throughout San Francisco Lead Agency: SF DPW 29
    29. 29. COMMUNITY-MADECONTENTWhat are the ideas and proposalsyour neighbors have come up with,and how might you carry them out? 30
    30. 30. We organized the ideas and proposals from community members in the following pages around three themes, which were developed from early community feedback and revised based on outcomes of the community-led design workshop: The Look and Feel Getting Around Things to Do and VisitBuilding around themes 31
    31. 31. Where did these ideas comefrom? Almost all of the ideas for beautifying the turnaround and the neighborhood were gathered in person from GATHERING IDEAS WITH NEIGHBORLAND community members at the “Neighborland” idea-gathering event in November and the Community-led Design We began collecting ideas Workshop in December. with an interactive event at Java Beach Cafe organized We organized these ideas for you on the following pages. by the ideation company Neighborland. We presented a very simple, yet powerful Check them out, get excited, and make them into a reality! prompt: I want ______ at the N Judah Turnaround. The conversation continued online after the event where residents posted more ideas and voted on their favorites. The ideas generated through Neighborland inspired the themes for the Community Design Workshop. 32
    32. 32. The Community-led Design Workshop on December 25thprovided a structured process to explore a vision for theneighborhood and produce detailed project proposalsthat you will find on the following pages. CARRYING OUT THE COMMUNITY-LED DESIGN WORKSHOP “This meeting was really great…this is what our Modeled on “design charrettes” used community always needed.” by professional architects and planners, community members in the neighborhood became designers for the day. One of the most powerful parts of the day was the opening session, centered on what’s working in the community. Supervisor Chu was on hand to read off the top things people love about the neighborhood. Over the course of the four-hour workshop, residents worked with City agency representatives and numerous volunteer professionals. Each “I wish all public participant had the opportunity to “vote with their feet” and be focus on meetings went one of several themes and produce like this.” actionable project proposals. –Jared Weiner, DPW Thanks to local support and donations, there was provided lunch, a presentation on neighborhood history, and live music. The event was also aUsing Crowdbrite’s technology and experience with great chance for neighbors tocollaborative design events, community members worked interact, and—most importantly—Itin small teams supported by volunteer architecture and was a lot of fun!design professionals. 33
    33. 33. The Look and Feel This theme is all about aesthetics, beauty, and the feeling of an identity for the neighborhood. Most of the projects that focused specifically on the turnaround and La Playa Park fall in this category, too. WHERE WE ARE What‘s working and what could be better. CONCEPTS The collection of ideas for improvement. PROPOSALS Specific project ideas to get started on. NEXT STEPS How to make those projects happen. 34
    34. 34. WHERE WE ARE CONCEPTS PROPOSALS NEXT STEPS What’s Working!• Diversity of neighborhood (cultures, ages, etc.)• Great small, beach town feel Could Be Better• Active merchant association • Aesthetic appeal of the turnaround• Parklets with seating • Empty tree wells, not enough• Combination of city amenities trees or streetscaping and nature • Wide sidewalks & streets with too• The fog and location on the much concrete, too little green ―edge of the continent‖ • Unsightly utility poles• Community gardens • Too much garbage and street litter• Quiet • Area doesn‘t reflect its function as• Wild/rough, undeveloped, and main transit entry/gateway to expansive feel Ocean Beach • Poor curb appeal of the 7-11 corner (46th & Judah) 35
    35. 35. WHERE WE ARE CONCEPTS PROPOSALS NEXT STEPSBefore After La Playa Park Improvement Project Nearby residents worked with DPW to improve the La Playa Street median with: • Decorative Landscaping • Bocce Ball Courts • Seating and Benches • Community Garden NOTE: north median is privately owned 36
    36. 36. WHERE WE ARE CONCEPTS PROPOSALS NEXT STEPS Aesthetics • Mural on the MUNI building at end of N-Judah and on the pavement • Plant big trees along Judah and add parklets, especially between 46th and 48th; get homeowners to plant trees in front of houses • Street pole flags/banners along Judah and Sunset • Cleaner streets and more public trash cans • Install only dark-sky lighting • Put utilities underground whenever a major repair is done • Paint commercial blocks—with donations • No steel gates/grilles on business windows • Install a fountain inside the turnaroundIdentity • An information kiosk with neighborhood history • Name places: • Street mural in the turnaround • La Playa Square • Sunset Promenade • Trees, foliage, and native dune • La Playa Beach Park plants as a wind barrier • Judah commercial core • Do projects with volunteers, not • Community gardens just government funds More ideas: Tall trees. Fruit trees. A palm tree with a fountain and garden. String lights. More plants. More flowers. A flower bed or a flower vendor. Planters of succulents and greenery. Neighborhood artist murals. A tile mosaic street mural. A mural of the sea and sea creatures. More frequent trash clean up. Lots of natural muted colors tying the neighborhood together. Bright colors. A classic aesthetic. Dark skies so our kids can see the stars. Taking advertising off all Muni vehicle windows. 37
    37. 37. WHERE WE ARE CONCEPTS PROPOSALS NEXT STEPS Design #1 La Playa Plaza Create a La Playa Plaza in the N-Judah turnaround for community activity. Key Features1. Closes the N-Judah turnaround to through traffic on La Playa Street2. Central piece such as a fountain, raised planter box or amphitheatre3. Patterned pavement for a Piazza-like feel4. Flowers, trees & plants5. Seating and bike parking6. An open space for farmers Expected Benefits market and community events 1. Creates community identity and support 2. Eliminates through traffic and improves pedestrian safety 3. Allows for community events such as farmers markets 4. Increases seating and bike parking 5. Beautifies the turnaround 6. Increases property value Design #2 38
    38. 38. WHERE WE ARE CONCEPTS PROPOSALS NEXT STEPS Identity & Wayfinding Signage CampaignDevelop a unique name and distinctidentity for the neighborhood, leading toa wayfinding and signage program tohighlight key neighborhood assets that isvaluable to both SF residents and visitors. Examples: Green Lane Project in Memphis, TN Chinatown in Oakland, CA Vision 2020 in Salem, OR Key Features1. Strong branding/image2. Clear pathways to key destinations Expected Benefits3. Eye-catching signs (including distances to locations) 1. Economic development4. Fully inclusive (destinations should 2. Better experience for both visitors and residents not be excluded) 3. Strengthens community pride and unity5. Application integration (gaming, 4. Safety through more ―eyes of the street‖ smart phones, etc.) resulting from increased pedestrian activity 5. Improved health through promotion of an active lifestyle 39
    39. 39. WHERE WE ARE CONCEPTS PROPOSALS NEXT STEPSStep 1 ___________ Champion one of these proposals, or one you create. ___________Step 2 Recruit your neighbors to participate, like the Steering Committee did. ___________ ___________Step 3 ___________ Discover City programs that may help you achieve your goals, like the Pavement to Parks program—sfpavementtoparks.sfplanning.org ___________ ___________Step 4 Find a way to get your project started in a small, but concrete way.Step 5 Call 311 to determine what permits need to be obtained or laws abided by.Step 6 Learn about projects that may impact your neighborhood, like the ones in the Background Information section here. Go to City department websites and see if you can get involved.Step 7 Look for groups, that may provide support, like Friends of the Urban Forest—www.fuf.netStep 8 Use the web to generate funding via grants, fundraising or crowdfunding—like kickstarter.comStep 9 Mix up these steps! 40
    40. 40. Getting Around This theme is all about mobility and access for getting into, out of, and around the neighborhood. This is something that everyone is affected by. This is also a good place to talk about safety concerns that affect whether and how people move about. WHERE WE ARE What‘s working and what could be better. CONCEPTS The collection of ideas for improvement. PROPOSALS Specific project ideas to get started on. NEXT STEPS How to make those projects happen. 41
    41. 41. WHERE WE ARE CONCEPTS PROPOSALS NEXT STEPS New brick-style paving for La Playa Street crosswalk Could Be Better • Transit could be more frequent—it is often delayed, and only limited public transit options • Unclear signage for where N-Judah stops are; What’s Working! no waiting areas or shelters, mostly flag stops • Noise from turnaround and from Great Highway• Good transit line with lots of connections and frequent • Need more bike parking and bike racks• Easy access to Great Highway • Need more bike lanes• Good school safety signage and • Taxis don‘t come out and few car share options safe for pedestrians • Wheelchair accessibility for train and to beach• Safe for walking at night • Uneven sidewalks and missing curb ramps• Very easy and close to walk to • Road surfaces in disrepair beach, park, etc. • Need better street lighting• Streets are mostly flat • Cars park on sidewalk• Safe to walk at night • Traffic safety at the turnaround• Free parking • Dangerous crossing Lincoln Way into GG Park • Speeding down 48th, La Playa, Sunset, etc. 42
    42. 42. WHERE WE ARE CONCEPTS PROPOSALS NEXT STEPS • Stack (dense) housing Other: units near transit to reduce • More bike parking, bike lanes and bike sharing housing market pressure • More car sharing opportunities • Widen sidewalks • Bigger ―No Parking‖ signs Transit: • Streetlights on La Playa (but dark-sky friendly)• Change N-Judah to cross-over—use circle for emergency • Create a Neighborhood Emergency Response Team parking only to eliminate noise and dangerous blind spot cache box to prepare for disasters and emergencies• Higher frequency for N-Judah, express, and #18 bus • Keep trees on Great Highway to block sound• Reconnect #18 and #29 buses to GGNRA and GG Transit• Add bus shelter and bus schedule at turn-around Traffic safety:• Add a sign to MUNI bathroom pointing to boarding location • Better crosswalks, traffic humps, or stop signs at:• Bus zones instead of flag stops - all along Lincoln at the park - at Kirkham & La Playa - 44th & Judah Access & Accessibility: • Block streets to through traffic • Curb ramps everywhere and a disability ramp for • Completely divert traffic from the turnaround area on Judah Muni at the 45th Ave, 43rd Ave, and • Divert traffic off La Playa Street onto Lower Great Highway • Wheelchair access to beach—boardwalk or platform • Redesign the Lower Great Highway so its 25 mph speed • Repair uneven sidewalks; encourage homeowners limit is better reflected. to fix the walks in front of their homes. • Re-time the lights on Sunset Blvd to discourage speeding • Enforce no parking on sidewalks • Cobblestone materials near the turnaround to slow cars More ideas: Reconfiguration of the N Judah tracks for safety. Increased frequency of public transit. Traffic lights for safety. A Muni shelter so people have a place to sit and know when the next train is coming. A pedestrian-friendly turnaround. Crosswalks should be glowing fluorescent green. 43
    43. 43. WHERE WE ARE CONCEPTS PROPOSALS NEXT STEPS Great Highway Safety SignageWhen the Great Key FeaturesHighway is closeddue to the wind and 1. Install clear ―detour‖sand encroachment, signage to direct cars frommany automobiles the Great Highway onto Sunset Blvd.are diverted toneighborhood streets.By providing moredetailed “detour” Expected Benefitssignage, cars will be 1. Solve problems withdirected onto Sunset speeding and traffic safetyBlvd instead. 2. Improve traffic flow and driver navigation 3. Increase safety for community members DETOUR along residential streets _____________________ Use _____________________ Sunset Blvd. _____________________ _____________________ _ 44
    44. 44. WHERE WE ARE CONCEPTS PROPOSALS NEXT STEPS Lower Great Highway Place- making and Traffic Calming Key Features The N-Judah Turnaround is 1. Bulb outs/curb effectively the “gateway” to extensions Ocean Beach but cars 2. Speed bumps currently speed through the 3. Trees, landscaping neighborhood. Make the 4. Other traffic calming measures Lower Great Highway area feel more like a residential street by encouraging through traffic to abide by Expected Benefits the 25mph speed limit. 1. Solve safety issues with surfers unloading and cars speeding through the neighborhood. 2. Enhance safety by slowing traffic 3. Create a sense of place 4. Improve livability____________________________________________________________________________________ _ 45
    45. 45. WHERE WE ARE CONCEPTS PROPOSALS NEXT STEPS Safety and Accessibility Improvements at the 45th & Lincoln IntersectionMany cyclists and cars run theexisting stop signs at the intersectionof 45th and Lincoln. Add a flashingstop light and repair the ramps at Northbound view of intersectionthis intersection to restore ADAaccessibility. Key Features Westbound view of1. A new stoplight at 45th Ave intersection and Lincoln Way2. Repairs to wheelchair ramps to make ADA accessible3. Repaint red curb corner Eastbound view of intersection Expected Benefits1. Increase safety for community and nearby playground (where _____________________ there have been two fatalities)2. Restore ADA acces-sibility to _____________________ intersection and park entrance _____________________ _____________________ _ 46
    46. 46. WHERE WE ARE CONCEPTS PROPOSALS NEXT STEPSStep 1 ___________ Champion one of these proposals, or one you create. ___________Step 2 Recruit your neighbors to participate, like the Steering Committee did. ___________ ___________Step 3 ___________ Discover City programs that may help you achieve your goals, like the Pavement to Parks program—sfpavementtoparks.sfplanning.org ___________ ___________Step 4 Find a way to get your project started in a small, but concrete way.Step 5 Call 311 to determine what permits need to be obtained or laws abided by.Step 6 Learn about projects that may impact your neighborhood. Go to City department websites and see if you can get involved. Read about pedestrian and bicycle improvements at www.pedbikeinfo.orgStep 7 Look for groups, that may provide support, like your local business association or NERT team.Step 8 Use the web to generate funding via grants, fundraising or crowdfunding—like kickstarter.comStep 9 Mix up these steps! 47
    47. 47. Things to Do and Visit This theme is all about the experiences and activities that enliven and enrich the neighborhood. They are what get people out of their house to visit a place, come together, and spend time with their neighbors. WHERE WE ARE What‘s working and what could be better. CONCEPTS The collection of ideas for improvement. PROPOSALS Specific project ideas to get started on. NEXT STEPS How to make those projects happen. 48
    48. 48. WHERE WE ARE CONCEPTS PROPOSALS NEXT STEPS What’s Working!• Parklets, outdoor gathering places• 43rd & Lincoln playground• Pet-friendly people and businesses• Socializing near the turnaround with coffee shops and park; bocce ball• Unique commercial strip and stores• Parks and opportunity to experience nature, birds, beach, ocean• Surfing and beach town culture Could Be Better• Youth center, schools, local churches • Not enough retail or business diversity• Pathway to run and bike along beach • Really need to rehab restrooms and make them safe • No good signage for destinations or way-finding or history • Better signage about nature • Dog leashes not enforced • More picnic areas • Better community outreach to 55+ • No bathroom at 45th/Lincoln playground • Liquor sales and homeless 49
    49. 49. WHERE WE ARE CONCEPTS PROPOSALS NEXT STEPSNew neighborhood development: New experiences:• More diversity in businesses: • More neighborhood get togethers: - hardware store - have a huge block party! - pet store • Better signage to direct people between - seafood café Murphy‘s Mill, Ocean Beach, La Playa, - bike rental merchants on Judah, etc.• Rehab Eugene‘s garage into something: • Pedestrian signage to direct people to local - bike rental shop, bike parking commercial establishments, hotels, - produce market playgrounds, and bathrooms. - BBQ station - plant nursery • Add a visitor‘s center/kiosk with information, - community space/flexible use history, and a bulletin board (Noe Valley has a good example of a bulletin board)• Figure out option for 43rd Ave school annex: - tennis court • Create a western SF History Center/Museum - community garden inside the bottom of Murphy‘s Mill or the - farmers market building next to it• Re-install newspaper stands • Community-focused center/museum• Restaurant or similar on Lincoln @ Great • Celebrate the surf culture Highway (to buy and take into park or beach) • Celebrate the fog and exposure to the ocean as an escape and destination Other: • Promote activities in the area as an educational field trip for schools • Better, safer public bathrooms at beach, playground • Webcam to highlight neighborhood activities • Trash, recycling, and compost options and signage for tourists to learn how • Outer Sunset Farmers Market concept • Engage with youth center More ideas: A circular, pyramid-esque bleachers. Neighbor outreach. A dog park. A pit BBQ shack. A community garden. A weekly Farmers Market. Public space with a gazebo, community garden, native plants or veggies. Child and family friendly structures or natural playscapes. A piazza with some greenery, a bench, and a public porch. A long and tall chalkboard to draw on. A people friendly space that encourages community and social capital. Art in Every Classroom. 50
    50. 50. WHERE WE ARE CONCEPTS PROPOSALS NEXT STEPS La Playa Community Information DepotTurn the MUNI bathroom cornerinto a community resource center. Key Features1. New bathroom2. Community information center3. An emergency support center4. ―La Playa Park Depot‖ mural5. A sign directing passengers to muni boarding on 48th & Judah6. Improved ADA access Expected Benefits1. Establishes neighborhood identity ____________2. Provides information on environmental ____________ awareness and protection3. Tourist attraction ____________4. Improves handicapped safety and access5. Directs MUNI passengers to correct ____________ boarding location ____________6. Improves neighborhood disaster preparedness ____________7. Increases neighborhood access to information 51
    51. 51. WHERE WE ARE CONCEPTS PROPOSALS NEXT STEPSLa Playa Business District Create a La Playa Park Business District and implement several associated improvements. Key Features1. New business district from 43rd Ave to La Playa St2. New ADA access ramp for N-Judah riders at 43rd Ave3. Community-focused business on corner of Eugene‘s lot (e.g. bicycle, segway, zipcar rental)4. Community garden at Presbyterian church5. More ―street friendly‖ store-fronts (46th Ave to beach)6. Improved bathrooms, visitor‘s center with information about GGNRA, and improved beach access Expected Benefits1. Strengthen businesses along corridor _____________________2. A more inviting and accessible space for _____________________ residents and visitors3. Builds on La Playa Park business _____________________ association (extends to Sunset and _____________________ potentially includes Irving St) _ 52
    52. 52. WHERE WE ARE CONCEPTS PROPOSALS NEXT STEPS Don’t forget to keep talking about theStep 1 proposal that Champion one of these proposals, or one you create. gets you most excited, andStep 2 keep looking for Recruit your neighbors to participate, like the Steering Committee did. ways to improve your proposalStep 3 Discover City programs that may help you achieve your goals, like the Pavement to Parks program—sfpavementtoparks.sfplanning.orgStep 4 Find a way to get your project started in a small, but concrete way.Step 5 Call 311 to determine what permits need to be obtained or laws abided by.Step 6 Learn about projects that may impact your neighborhood, like the ones in the Background Information section here. Go to City department websites and see if you can get involved.Step 7 Look for groups, that may provide support, like your local business association or NERT team.Step 8 Use the web to generate funding via grants, fundraising or crowdfunding—like kickstarter.comStep 9 Mix up these steps! 53
    53. 53. WHERE WE ARE CONCEPTS PROPOSALS NEXT STEPS Don’t like the other proposals?Proposal Name: Make your own, then share it. Description: Draw a map, figure, or sketch: Key Features 1. 2. 3. Expected Benefits 1. Go to njudahproject.org 2. to see how you can share you ideas or get in 3. touch with people working on the project. 4. 54
    54. 54. WHERE WE ARE CONCEPTS PROPOSALS NEXT STEPS Don’t like the other proposals?Proposal Name: Make your own, then share it. Description: Draw a map, figure, or sketch: Key Features 1. 2. 3. Expected Benefits 1. Go to njudahproject.org 2. to see how you can share you ideas or get in 3. touch with people working on the project. 4. 55
    55. 55. Send your ideas you wrote down in this this report to njudahproject@gmail.com, or just share them with people you know. Keep having conversations with your neighbors. Really, talk to your neighbors. Get to know them and find out what you both care about in the neighborhood. Reach out to those whose voice may be getting left out, especially under- represented groups like monolingual Cantonese-speakers or local youth. Go for a walk through the area. Stop and take note of things you haven’t noticed before. Educate yourself about efforts locally and nationally, like SF Better Streets, SF Green Connections, and the Project for Public Spaces (www.pps.org) Demand that other civic projects provide a higher level of transparency and involvement before proposals are advanced to implementation. Share this report with your neighbors!Other ways to get involved. 56
    56. 56. Report brought to you byCity Hall Fellows (CHF) engages diverse, talented The Neighborhood Empowerment Network (NEN) is ayoung people in the work of cities and empowers collaborative comprised of city agencies, non-profits,them to be effective local change agents and civic and academic institutions. NEN leverages strategicleaders. In the year-long CHF program, recent college partnerships to develop programs, as well as a suitegraduates function as full-time city employees and of tools and technical resources for neighborhoodtake part in leadership develop-ment activities. The stakeholders. Through the Empowered CommunitiesFellows also complete pro bono civic consulting Program, NEN supports communities like yours inprojects like assisting the N Judah Turnaround building stronger, more resilient neighbor-hoodsBeautification project as a way to directly impact through collective problem solving.their local community. www.cityhallfellows.org www.empowersf.org 57
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