San Francisco, tear down this sidewalk! Or, at least, the one at the base of Bernal Hill. The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) has teamed up with Friends of the Urban Forest (FUF) to not only join forces for the sake of making a really long acronym, but to install sidewalk gardens along the Cesar Chavez St. corridor. By doing so, the groups hope to reduce the burden to SF’s sewer systems from storm water runoff.

Plants set to reside in the sidewalk gardens include those that are drought-resistant, native plants and grasses. The project is funded by an SFPUC Watershed Stewardship Grant, which promotes community-driven projects such as this. This Saturday on Tiffany Avenue, there will be sidewalk planting from 9am-4pm.

The plots will range in size from 18 to 766 square feet and all planting will be supervised by FUF staff. Concluding the event will be a potluck lunch.

What: Sidewalk Garden Planting and Potluck
When: Saturday, July 17th from 9am-4pm
Where: 101 Tiffany Ave. between 29th St. & Duncan St.

For more information about FUF and to volunteer, visit their website at

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Always in motion. April Siese writes about music, takes photos at shows, and even helps put them on behind the scenes as a stagehand. She's written everything from hard news to beauty features, as well as fiction and poetry. She most definitely likes pie.

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