Posts Tagged ‘subdivisions’

Introducing the “Front Yard Ambassadors Program” – All Stick, No Carrot – Will It “Transform” the Sunset District?

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

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.

Thusly:

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:

  • Change the pedestrian experience and demonstrate neighborhood pride
  • Provide permeable surface to take pressure off our combined sewer system and recharge our underground aquifer
  • Educate the community about what plant species are suited to our microclimate
  • Build relationships with neighbors and encourage the community to work together

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

Questions?
Call our office (415) 554-7460 or email ashley.summers@sfgov.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.

The Vanishing Front Yards of San Francisco’s ParkSide District

Friday, November 14th, 2008

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?