Civic Center Stories

Civic Center Stories was developed through the San Francisco Planning Department’s Summer 2016 Internship Program and attempts to bring a new dimension to the department’s community engagement process through a more personalized, one-on-one approach. By collecting people’s stories and taking their photos, the aim is to bring a human face to the individuals who spend time in the “Heart of the City” and develop a better understanding of the public’s sentiments, criticisms, and relation to Civic Center. Furthermore, it aims to get a better sense of the challenges and opportunities for the Civic Center Public Realm Plan.

These stories have been transcribed directly from interviews recorded with the consent of each storyteller. They have been edited for brevity. The opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of the City and County of San Francisco or the San Francisco Planning Department.