Public Space & Public Life Study

San Francisco’s Civic Center Needs You!
A place of protest. A place of celebration. A place of refuge. A neighborhood open space. San Francisco’s Civic Center serves many roles and many people. But how do people use the space on a daily basis? Where do they go? What do they do while they’re there? How do they feel about the spaces today?

The City & County of San Francisco is partnering with Gehl to conduct a Public Life Study of Civic Center to help answer these questions and better understand how people get around and spend time in the area’s public spaces. The survey will inform the design concepts and activation strategies developed via the Civic Center Public Realm Plan.

This is a great way to play an active role in future changes to the public realm in Civic Center and learn about the Gehl approach to urban planning and design.

Volunteer Training:

A variety of training times are available. To schedule, please email:

Survey Days:
Thursday, May 25, 2017 (complete)
Saturday, May 27, 2017 (complete)
Wednesday, June 7, 2017
Saturday, June 10, 2017

Survey shifts will be four hours long and will take place between 8:00 am and 8:00 pm in the plazas and along the streets of Civic Center.

Sign Up:
To sign up visit:
Volunteers are welcomed and encouraged to sign up for more than one shift. Questions? Contact the project team at:

Do the Dome!

Volunteers will be offered the opportunity to go on a special tour to the top of San Francisco’s iconic City Hall dome!

View of Civic Center from the top of the City Hall Dome.


Curious to learn more about Public Space & Public Life Studies in San Francisco? Then check out this page where you can view the results of SF Planning’s previous studies in different neighborhoods throughout San Francisco.