The Vanishing Front Yards of San Francisco’s ParkSide District

It’s tough to see much grass in the part of the Parkside District (or Sunset, whatever you want to call it). Due to lack of space for cars to park (due to planners being unable to anticipate the growth of car use), there’s a strong temptation to pave over front yards. To wit: 

“The Board of Supervisors gave initial approval to a legislation introduced by District 11 Supervisor Gerardo Sandoval, who proposed it as a way to address a problem in his district: residents getting rid of gardens and front lawns by paving them over with concrete.”

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Should we have grass front yards or hundreds of thousands of cars in the first place?

Well, that’s up to you.

Is it true that the suburbs have no charms to soothe the restless dreams of youth?

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5 Responses to “The Vanishing Front Yards of San Francisco’s ParkSide District”

  1. GlenParker says:

    Maybe, but the Sunset is not “sprawling on the fringes of the city…” it IS the city.

  2. Jennifer says:

    Does anyone remember the drought in the !980’s when they were paying people to pave over their lawns to conserve water? Or have none of you lived here long enough…. If you want the suburbs then move the f*&k out and leave the Parkside to the natives.

  3. theo says:

    Concrete, sand and scrub. Add a few stray dogs and you’ve got Mexico.

    I say the city should fine everyone in the Sunset who doesn’t have a tree in their front yard. The neighborhood needs more than utility poles.

  4. Jon says:

    Trees would be good. Although really, the parking problem is out of control. We get blocked in on a daily basis by double parkers. We’ve even gotten threats on are car from people not realizing we LIVE in the building where we park. Anyhow… Cactii anyone?

  5. Lane says:

    It’s private property…..let the owners do what is best for them…. Why is it that the supervisors are suppose to represent it’s district, yet they want to fine the residents instead. If you do not like the sunset, hang out in elsewhere. No one is forcing you to go to an area that you do not like.