Societies can rise or fall based on the quantity and quality of their public spaces. New decent public spaces are rare and precious is the day when there’s a chance of a new one. Does it matter if you live near that proposed space? No. Any new public space is a beacon to the world, showing that we need and can have public spaces everywhere.

So let us celebrate the possibility that this street…

Stockton Before

…could become this…

Stockton After

This photo and all others in this article provided by San Francisco Department of Public Works

This is Stockton Street in downtown San Francisco and the conceptual rendering above is from the Lower Stockton Improvement Project. The project would turn three blocks of Stockton from yet another auto sewer into a car-free pedestrian-transit-bicycle mall. People would flock to the space, bus and bicycle access and safety would improve, and merchants would be jumping for joy. Here’s the backstory behind this project.

See here for the full proposal and below for more visuals.

Stockton overhead mapStockton Before-AfterStockton Before-After nightStockton Market to Geary cross sectionStockton Gear to Post cross sectionThe bad news? It might not happen. The San Francisco Examiner reports that Rose Pak, a prominent power player in nearby Chinatown, is claiming to represent Chinatown merchants in an effort shut down the project. And she says she’s already won. “I consider the issue closed”, says Rose.

Here’s where you come in. We need you and as many people as possible to tell the powers-that-be: Keep the Lower Stockton Improvement Project alive. If we don’t mobilize, the project could be stopped permanently in its tracks. But if we step up, the results could be a game-changer, not only for San Francisco but for towns and cities everywhere that notice what San Francisco does.

So, sign the Lower Stockton petition today – and tell your friends! It’ll automatically email the parties listed below, the folks who will influence the Project’s fate. I also suggest editing the petition’s message to fit your own voice.

This is worth your time. Once you’ve signed the petition pat yourself on the back. You’re a star.

Now, sign this petition!

Save the Stockton Pedestrian-Transit Mall Project

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Full contact list
To email the relevant people individually, copy and paste these email addresses into your own email client

SFMTA Board: [email protected]
SFMTA Director Ed Reiskin: [email protected]
Planning Department Director John Rahaim: [email protected]
Planning Commission Members: [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected]
SFDPW Director Mohammed Nuru: [email protected], [email protected]
District 3 Supervisor Aaron Peskin: [email protected]
For San Francisco residents, I also recommend emailing your own district supervisor
Mayor Ed Lee:
[email protected]