South Downtown Design and Activation Plan

First Public Workshop

Join us for the first public meeting to help develop a design and activation plan for the streets, sidewalks, and open spaces of the City's south downtown areas.

Learn about all of the projects coming to your neighborhood, including newer, faster transit; four new parks; and a better, safer bike network. With major streetscape projects on 2nd Street, Harrison Street, and Folsom Street, we want your participation as we activate and program South Downtown.

August 2, 2017 – 6:00 to 8:00 PM
Bay Area Metro Center, 375 Beale Street (between Folsom and Harrison)

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The South Downtown Design and Activation Plan will provide a framework for designing, implementing and managing the public realm in the emergent neighborhood surrounding the Transbay Terminal and Rincon Hill. The plan area covers a quadrant of roughly 30 blocks of the city bounded by Market Street, The Embarcadero, Bryant Street and 2nd Street.

Fifteen years ago, much of of the district was characterized by surface parking lots and light industrial land uses. Today, the district is experiencing a wave of development by both public sector actors. This development reflects the legacy of roughly fifteen years of city planning efforts for the district.

The construction of the Transbay Transit Center will greatly improve access to Downtown, especially from the East Bay while a wave of new residential and commercial high-rises (over 20 at last count) will, in addition to permanently altering the city's skyline, dramatically increase the volume of people living, working and visiting the area.

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This plan will be co-authored by The East Cut Community Benefit District (CBD). By collaborating with the CBD, the city will be in close contact with the neighborhood needs and desires from this planning effort. Consolidating our efforts will lead to quicker outcomes and a more cohesive strategy for the neighborhood.

Project Vision

To develop a comprehensive vision for the design, implementation and stewardship of the public spaces within San Francisco's South Downtown (composed of the Transbay and Rincon Hill Planning areas), and in doing so, create implementable designs that foster vibrant streets and open spaces, support high performing transit operations, and encourage active transportation choices for the people who live, work and visit the district.


Spring 2017 Interagency Coordination; Background Research
Summer 2017 Develop communications plan
August 2, 2017 First Outreach Event: Kickoff and Project Overview
August - Dec 2017 Focused Outreach Events, Lunch-and-Learns (see get involved)
Fall 2017 Public Outreach Event No. 2 (Activation and Open Space)
Spring 2018 Public Outreach Event No. 3 (Pop-up Party in Spear Street)
Spring 2018 Public Outreach Event No. 4 (Transportation and Circulation)
Fall 2018 Plan Launch Party and Open House
Winter 2019 Plan Approvals

Related Efforts

The South Downtown Design and Activation Plan will build on existing policy goals of the following related planning efforts with a broader view of the neighborhood and a focus on the streetscape design and activation of the public realm.

Get Involved

Attend a meeting
The webpage will continue to be updated with our meeting information schedule and specific events.

Request a lunch-meeting
We want residents and workers to be involved in the process of improving public life in South Downtown. Contact us to request a brief presentation at your office's lunch-and-learn.


Paul Chasan, Project Manager

Anne Brask, Project Planner