Since 2008, SF Planning, SF Public Works, OEWD and the SFMTA have created dozens of new public spaces with local community groups, small businesses and neighborhood residents. With the Mayor's 2014 SF Plaza Program, San Franciscans now, more than ever, can utilize best practices and guidance from experts in making public spaces successful. This stewardship toolkit begins to fill that need. It provides community organizations and City decision makers with models, case studies and ready-to-use tools for funding, programming and maintaining a successful public space.
The toolkit presents five models for sustainable public space stewardship - represented below. The models are not mutually exclusive, as many projects take elements of each. They each have strengths or weaknesses unique to the objectives, funding and capacity of the stewarding organization or partnership. Case studies were selected to represent a range of organizations, space types, "use levels," and budgets.
Models that involve temporary alteration or creation of public spaces to make them conducive to social gathering for a defined period of time.
Models in which groups of residents, business owners, and other local stakeholders are leaders in public space stewardship.
Models where stewardship is led by a partnership of a government entity and one or more private sector companies.
Examples of self-governing assessment districts (such as CBDs or BIDs) as a model for public space management.
Models in which organizations, programs, and/or partnerships have formed to support public space managers.
The full website will include a blog to document new and existing models in this dynamic landscape of best practices.