It used to be like this:
But now it’s like this:
FBOW, most of the lawns are gone, paved over long ago to make room for more car parking…
Here’s the thing. “Planners” back in the day had no freaking idea how many cars would populate the Sunset District.
They also had no idea how much public transit in the West Bay would degrade over the decades.
So it’s hard to park way out there.
So people improperly pave over their front yards for more “driveway” parking, don’t ask don’t tell.
Anyway, here’s what appointed Supervisor Katy Tang has for Fog Country – it’s the FYAP!
But if you participate, it’ll cost you $245 and you’ll have to listen to what SFGov tells you to do.
This is the kind of thing that will end up pissing off some of the people living out there.
This is a program for the sake of having a program. It will “transform” nothing. And it will not “change” the “pedestrian experience.” Sorry.
But, if you want to try this out, by all means:
“The Front Yard Ambassadors Program gives Sunset District residents the opportunity transform their front yards into vibrant, ecologically friendly and easy to maintain spaces in order to accomplish the following:
Our Partners & Sidewalk Landscaping
Sidewalk landscaping programs exist in several organizations. To learn more about why increasing green space and permeable surfaces is important in San Francisco, visit the websites of our partners in the Front Yard Ambassadors Program below:
Apply to the Front Yard Ambassadors Program
Download the Fact Sheet Here
Download the Fact Sheet in Chinese
View Photos of Sunset District Gardens Here (Coming Soon)
Download the Application Here
Download the Application in Chinese
Call our office (415) 554-7460 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Front Yard Ambassadors Program Fact Sheet
How do I apply?
Apply by submitting an application, answers to the supplemental questionnaire and photos of
your front yard. You must ensure that a minimum of five residences on your block also submit
an application to be considered for the program. The application can be found on our website at
www.sfbos.org/tang under the “Front Yard Ambassadors Program” tab.
What is the cost?
Residents chosen for the program will pay a nominal permit fee, depending on how many
residents apply. Permit fees can range from $182 – $245.
How do I get my neighbors to participate?
This is a great time to meet your neighbors! Knock on their door and find out if they are
interested. You must have a minimum of five neighbors on your block to apply.
Who maintains the yard after installation?
Program participants will sign a Letter of Agreement that they will maintain the yard as long as
they reside at their current address. We hope that neighbors will get together for a work day each
year to help each other. Additional support will be provided by Friends of the Urban Forest.
What types of plants and landscaping will be installed?
Once chosen, residents will be able to sit down with professional landscape architects to discuss
their ideas. We have included photos of yards in the Sunset on our webpage for inspiration at
www.sfbos.org/tang. All landscaping will be low maintenance, drought tolerant, and able to live
in our coastal conditions.
Other questions can be directed to our office at (415) 554-7460.
Remember back in the day when you could see the Hanging Gardens of Sutter Street on Sutter Street? Here they were:
No longer. The front yard of this place had recently been converted into a “private drive.” Not saying that this is illegal or anything – don’t know what all the rules are.
But check it, as the place looks today:
“Oh yes, we’d love for you to pop on over. Just park on our private drive!”
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Of course anybody parking in this private spot needs to pull in at an angle to keep the back end of the Volvo wagon from hanging out over the sidewalk. The problem with the current setup is that, even with diagonal parking, the back end of the Volvo wagon hangs out over the sidewalk. Oh well. Maybe if they got a Smart Car, they’d have an easier time.
Now you’d think the trees would have slowed them down, but no, the trees are still there on the sidewalk.
And the ridiculous sign isn’t to prevent anybody from parking on the former front yard of the house, cause who on Earth would try to park there, right? No, the sign is to prevent people from parking on the street and inadvertently blocking the driveway’s owners from parking on their lawn, so to speak.
Call it the World’s Shortest Private Drive, if you want.
Welcome to San Francisco.
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?