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Hello! Just a friendly reminder that the next Jefferson Street Construction Meeting will be on Monday, November 5th at 10:00 in the FWCBD Office.  

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As of October 15th, PG&E's work for their gas pipeline replacement project has commenced on the south side of Jefferson Street. Please be aware that PG&E's work requires use of the marked metered space on both Leavenworth and Jefferson Streets. Construction equipment will be stored on the street and  protective coverings will be placed on the sidewalks where any drilling may take place to protect pedestrians. High decibel drilling will be taking place at night so please be sure to p...

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Yesterday PG&E workers starting prepping the area on Jefferson Street in anticipation of the work starting October 15th by putting up signs, a standard operating procedure done prior to construction beginning.  Given the unique situation with the Fleet Week coming up and a high volume of visitors expected over the weekend, they agreed to remove the signs and then put them back up after the busy weekend.   In addition to the signs, you may observe PG&E personnel and trucks in t...

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We have learned of an upcoming project that you should know about.  The NPS will be doing paving on Jefferson, west of Hyde and the north end of Van Ness Avenue on Friday, October 19th and Friday, October 26th.  Please contact Rob Kier at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further information.   Please note that this is not related to the Jefferson Street Improvement Project.

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The construction meeting schedule for the Jefferson Street project has been posted to the calendar on the www.newjeffersonstreet.com website.  These meetings will be attended by representatives from DPW and their contractor, the Port of San Francisco, the FWCBD and PG&E.  The meetings will also provide a forum for neighbors and businesses to ask questions and get up to date information about this project.      To access the dates and times,  go to the onl...

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On Wednesday, September 12th, starting at 10am, folks from DPW and the Fisherman’s Wharf CBD will be out along Jefferson Street again to follow up on the outreach from last Friday.   Between 10am and noon or so, staff visit any businesses and properties that we couldn’t get to last week, and will follow up others about the upcoming Jefferson Street Improvement Project. PG&E work begins October 15th and DPW managed worked is set for four or five weeks after that.   Email if you have any quest...
As discussed at last week’s community meeting, the Jefferson Street Improvement Project is set to begin construction in the next few months. Mid-November looks to be the estimated timeframe to begin work, with PG&E beginning preliminary project work starting on October 15th.   DPW and Fisherman’s Wharf CBD staff will be out along Jefferson Street tomorrow, Friday, September 7th from 2pm to 4pm, meeting with tenants and property owners along the corridor to discuss more construction details, re...

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Dont forget about the Community Meeting today at 3:00 p.m. at the Holiday Inn at Columbus and Jefferson.  Hope you can make it!
South side of Jefferson Street between Jones and Leavenworth.  F-Line service will not be interrupted.  
Fisherman’s Wharf merchants are betting that a remake of the district’s main artery to encourage more walkers and bikers will make it an even bigger draw.   A stretch of Jefferson Street between Hyde and Powell streets will undergo a $4 million renovation that will widen sidewalks, add landscaping, redesign intersections and allow for more outdoor seating for eateries.   The project is expected to start in October and finish by July 2013, giving the neighborhood a new feel in time ...
San Francisco is preparing to see if a street can be made to be both ceremonial and intimate - and in the chaotic realm of Fisherman's Wharf, no less. Two blocks of Jefferson Street will be recast by June 2013 to favor people on foot, rather than motor vehicles of all sizes, shapes and license plates. It's an adventurous experiment in urban design. It's also a departure from the norm that can't be done half-heartedly, or the result could be a well-intentioned waste of time and money. ...
The City is still moving forward with a proposal to overhaul a busy thoroughfare at Fisherman's Wharf even though once-ambitious plans to renovate San Francisco's waterfront have been scaled back due to financial issues with the upcoming America's Cup.   Jefferson Street handles thousands of tourists and sightseers every day, but its sidewalks have trouble handling the crowds. City planners have proposed a two-block rebuild to widen sidewalks, remove on-street parking and introduce two-wa...
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...