an idea where SF needs to install bike racks, benches, or even public art? We can’t promise you your wish will be granted, but a new website launched by city agencies is the place to see if your public space dreams can become reality.

SF’s Planning Department, Department of Public Works, Public Utilities Commission, and the SFMTA have come together like some bureaucratic Avengers to create the SF Better Streets Program’s customer website.

Intended to offer users “a handy step-by-step approach toward improving San Francisco’s streets,” the site consolidates all of SF’s guidelines, permit requirements, and resources for public space development into “over 100 pages on landscaping, bicycle parking, traffic calming, and other enhancements.”

Says Mayor Ed Lee, “This resource will help create Better Streets throughout the diverse neighborhoods of San Francisco,” but it’s unlikely to do that unless you start making those requests, right?

So take your “I wish SF had a parking lane planter here” musing to to, perhaps, fruition at the new Better Streets website.

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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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