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The America's Cup yacht race could lead to a development renaissance on the waterfront --but it could also be so much more, according to the San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association.   As the city rushes to complete construction for the race, SPUR has urged planners to consider long-term upgrades that could make the city more livable.   Among those initiatives: extending the F-Line all the way to Fort Mason, thereby connecting the city's northern shores. A tunnel alrea...
As the plan to revamp the public realm on Jefferson Street in Fisherman’s Wharf develops, planners recently announced that two blocks of the project could be brought to life by summer of 2013 in time for America’s Cup.   At a recent public meeting, staff from the San Francisco Planning Department’s City Design Group presented the latest designs for the Fisherman’s Wharf Public Realm Plan. Some changes have been made from concept designs presented as late as last y...
When it comes to global sporting events, almost as intense as the competition between star athletes is the competition between cities to play host.   That’s because hosting a major international sporting event presents a unique opportunity for a city to redefine its development goals, stimulate investment and boost tourism.   Just last month it was decided that San Francisco would host the 34th America’s Cup. There is no doubt that the San Francisco Bay will provide a breathta...

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...it's possible to get local salmon and crab right off the boat, a reminder of when "Fisherman's Wharf" was actually pescatarian.In 2008, well before Larry Ellison re-captured the America's Cup, the Planning Commission launched the Fishermen's Wharf Public Realm Project, and last month, after years of quietly beavering away, the Commission released the first important document- the Fisherman's Wharf Preliminary Mitigated Negative Declaration (.PDF) and you have until May 20th to comme...
Dean Macris, San Francisco’s former planning director, delivered a blunt message to Fisherman’s Wharf’s powerful restaurant owners last year: Accept the city’s plan to overhaul the wharf or risk being left behind.   During a meeting at Alioto’s Restaurant, Mr. Macris, a longtime power broker who advises the city on major projects, described the city’s $15 million plan as a last-ditch effort to turn the fabled wharf into a destination not only for tourists but also for San Franc...
After several years of planning, including intense negotiations between merchants, property owners and neighbors who didn't always see eye-to-eye, the San Francisco Planning Department unveiled acomprehensive draft plan last week to revitalize public space and pedestrian amenities around Fisherman's Wharf, the second most-visited tourist attraction in California behind Disneyland. The plan details numerous deficiencies that degrade the pedestrian experience and proposes design gui...
"When I was a visiting professor at Berkeley in the 1980s, I used to come to Fisherman's Wharf and walk around," Danish urban designer Jan Gehl said Wednesday night, to more than 100 San Franciscans at the Pier 39 Theater near Fisherman's Wharf. "Now it's like deja vu; it's exactly like I remember it 25 years ago."   The Wednesday event was part of the ongoing public outreach effort for the Planning Department'sFisherman's Wharf Public Realm Project, which seeks to greatly enhance the qua...

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The main drag of Fisherman's Wharf would become more welcoming to pedestrians and cyclists and less auto-friendly as part of a $10 million city plan to improve the world-famous tourist attraction.   The preliminary proposal focuses on Jefferson Street, the one-way road that runs from Powell Street to Aquatic Park. Plans call for removing on-street parking and taking away one of two traffic lanes, using the space instead for bicycle lanes and widened sidewalks with benches. Artists' r...