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San Francisco’s “Hidden” Public Places, Public Art

San Francisco’s “Hidden” Public Places, Public Art

Like any large city, San Francisco has a myriad of government owned parks and plazas that are open to the public.

But unknown to many “locals” as well as visitors, are “Privately-Owned Public Open Space” (also know by the acronym, “POPOS”).

( David McSpadden Flickr Photo)
( David McSpadden Flickr Photo)

The city’s Planning Department says that they are “publicly accessible spaces in forms of plazas, terraces, atriums, small parks, and even snippets that are provided and maintained by private developers. In San Francisco, POPOS mostly appear in the Downtown office district area.”

The Department also points out that the city “has a ‘1% Art Program’ that requires that large projects in the Downtown and nearby neighborhoods provide public art that equals at least 1% of the total construction cost.”

But how do you find these places?

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