STREET DESIGN: GATEWAYS
CIVIC CENTER GATEWAYS
Civic Center has a unique and special civic character that should be designed to welcome everyone, residents and visitors alike. There are several areas and intersections where, when you reach them, you suddenly realize you have arrived in the Civic Center district. Few of these key places serve as welcoming and distinctive district gateways today, however, as can be seen from the images at right. Today’s gateway on the main central Civic Center Axis are more formalized, but still have clear room for improvement.
The Public Realm Plan has identified 8 areas and intersections, indicated in the diagram below, to be enhanced as special gateways unique to the district.
WAR MEMORIAL COURTYARD
On-street parking at the western edge of the War Memorial Courtyard creates an uninviting and ambiguous gateway for pedestrians; The City Team is studying ways to improve this area by converting parking into public space
The intersection of Franklin and Fulton is challenged with pedestrian safety and accessibility issues, including long crossing distances, a narrow and cluttered pedestrian island, and dangerous vehicular shortcuts through the War Memorial Parking lot. It is important that a redesign of this space maintain the operational functionality required by the cultural institutions.
Regrade and repave the existing pathways and roadway to create a flexible use plaza that forms a beautiful civic gateway between Hayes Valley and the War Memorial Complex.
The plaza would accommodate the existing function and operations of the War Memorial Complex, such as vehicular access and loading, as well as a new range of events and programming.
Parking would be moved to the sides of the space to restore the significant view axis towards the Veterans Memorial and City Hall beyond.