Public Space & Public Life Study

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?

On behalf of the City’s interagency Civic Center Public Realm Plan team, SF Planning is partnering with Gehl to conduct a Public Space & 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 Civic Center Public Space & Public Life Study will inform the design concepts and activation strategies developed via the Civic Center Public Realm Plan. This spring Gehl and the SF Planning worked with dozens of volunteers to collect data for the study. Data was collected via intensive in-the-field observations, counts, and surveys of people in Civic Center’s public spaces, with a special focus on Civic Center Plaza, United Nations Plaza and the War Memorial courtyard.

Key findings from the study will be shared with the public and made available for review on this page in late Summer 2017.

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.