NEWS AND UPDATES
9/22/14 - Success! The Moscone Center Expansion Project approved by the City Planning Commission on 8/14/2014 after substantial design changes to minimize its impacts on the Childrens Garden is now a “contextual” building that will feel like part of our Yerba Buena Neighborhood. And the improvements to the playground's facilities and Sister Cities Terrace above Howard Street that will be built as part of the Expansion Project will make Yerba Buena Gardens even better! We like to call this a Public-Private-Community partnership! Click here to see what has been accomplished so far.
9/17/14 - BIG NEWS: Director Mohammed Nuru of the San Francisco Department of Public Works sent written confirmation of the Department's commitments to develop/implement Sidewalk Improvements, Crosswalks, Turn Arrows, and other Conditions of Approval. See Director Nuru's letter to Planning Director John Rahaim, and the Conditions of Approval.
8/15/14 - "Planning Commission approves Moscone Center expansion" - article by John Coté in the Chronicle
8/14/2014 - "SF Gears up to start Moscone Center Expansion" - Project Update by J.K. Dineen in the Chronicle
7/7/14 - The Yerba Buena Neighborhood Consortium is preparing a draft “Yerba Buena Gardens Integrity Initiative” for possible submission for the November 2015 City general election, to guarantee the physical, operational, financial, and governance permanent integrity of the Gardens.
7/7/14 - See new visuals and remarks in Andrew S. Ross' piece on the Moscone Expansion Project "Moscone Center expansion called vital to keep shows in S.F."
6/18/14 - See the latest piece by John King on the Moscone Expansion Project design "Latest changes will help expanded Moscone Center fit in"
6/6/14 - The Moscone Center Draft EIR was presented to the Planning Commission on 6/5/14. Comments to the DEIR can be read at these links, or click on the images below:
5/7/14 - Released last week, the Draft EIR is out: Moscone Center Expansion Project Draft Environmental Impact Report
5/1/14 - Update from Moscone Expansion Project team: New Images and Alternatives from April 18 Meeting (link fixed 5/7/14)
3/29/14 - Read John King's article on the expansion project: Moscone Center expansion has flaws, but they're not fatal
3/25/14 - Read William Carney's piece on SFGate: How To Protect Yerba Buena Gardens In Moscone Expansion
3/12/14 - Doug Engmann and Friends of the Gardens Oppose the Moscone Expansion Project
3/12/14 - Community Stakeholders share Position Paper on the Moscone Expansion Project
YERBA BUENA GARDENS
Yerba Buena Gardens is a San Francisco Civic Treasure, a wonderful and precious urban amenity in the heart of the City for people of all ages and walks of life – residents, workers, and visitors. The Gardens are the signature legacy of Mayor George Moscone, who forged this “grand compromise” in 1976 between the City’s economically vital Visitor Industry - and its need for modern convention facilities - and its spiritually vital environmental and community constituencies - and their Vision of a people’s Gardens in the future South of Market center of the City.
That Vision was to place the convention center below ground as much as possible so that the new Gardens would fill and embody the above ground City. And it has proved a dramatic success. The Gardens’ beautiful and diverse facilities are in continual everyday use and beloved by the people of San Francisco, while Moscone Convention Center hums busily beneath it and Downtown San Francisco grows around it.
But today, four decades later, Yerba Buena Gardens and its Future are threatened as never before by arrogantly selfish single interests and City bureaucrats:
- The City’s Visitor Industry – the San Francisco Travel Association – is determined to jam a massive new Moscone Expansion Project megastructure into the Heart of Yerba Buena immediately next to the Children’s Garden.
- And due to the Sacramento-forced dissolution of the former Redevelopment Agency, the City’s bureaucracy is determined to take over control of the Gardens’ properties, funding, and management and run it like just one more City mediocrity.
This Save Yerba Buena Gardens Website is an information sharing Resource for all who are committed to protecting the Gardens now and in the Future. It will centralize links to essential Background Information, engaged Community Organizations’ Statements and Proposals, and a Calendar of significant events and deadlines.
If you too care about the Future of Yerba Buena Gardens, join us – Get Involved!
Community Proposed Alternative:
Our Yerba Buena Neighborhood Consortium has worked with many others to realize the Civic Vision of Yerba Buena Gardens since 1980. We are now proposing an Alternative Design for the Moscone Expansion Project that will minimize its effects on the Gardens while still providing all the additional convention space the City is seeking. The part of the new Moscone Center Howard Street building next to the Children’s Garden would be reduced in height there to about the same scale as the surrounding Children’s Museum and Ice Rink structures, while the part of the building at the corner of Third Street across from high rise hotel/office building would be taller. Below are perspectives comparing this Contextual Design Alternative to the City’s Institutional “Airport” Design proposal.