The Downtown SF Partnership has developed a Public Realm Action Plan in partnership with SITELAB urban design studio, Fehr + Peers, and John Bela to serve as a framework for a resilient tomorrow in downtown San Francisco.
Downtown San Francisco is changing. Emerging challenges to the district's economic vibrancy include competition from neighboring mixed-use office districts, disruptions associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, shifting work/life balance patterns, and changing retail dynamics. Amidst these challenges, the Downtown SF Partnership forged ahead with reimagining downtown's built environment through a robust "people- centered" focus on walkable and activated streets and spaces. Downtown SF Partnership hired SITELAB urban design studio in a 6-month process to lead this "first of its kind" public realm action plan for the district with the goals of evaluating the district's existing public realm conditions, identifying future opportunities, and recommending interventions and incorporating opinions from district stakeholders and the public through online surveys.