In the Works - Community Newsletter In the Works April 2017 - Page 33

More than 20 colorful images of Chinatown alleyway improvement concepts were on display in a community room at the Chinatown Branch Library. There, a large crowd of people who live and work in the historic neighborhood enthusiastically voiced their opinions and picked their favorite designs to help shape the future of Ross and Trenton alleys. have been completed, including Jack Kerouac, Waverly Place, John, Commercial, Ross, Cordelia, Hang Ah, Pagoda, Beckett, Wentworth and Cooper. The April 5 community meeting was part of the implementation of the Chinatown Alleyway Master Plan, a guide for the renovation of 31 alleys in Chinatown, with the goal of advancing safety and vitality in this iconic San Francisco neighborhood. The Master Plan was commissioned by Public Works in 1998 and authored by our nonprofit community partner, Chinatown Community Development Center. Ross Alley is a pathway with busy foot traffic in Chinatown connecting Washington and Jackson streets. An unofficial count conducted by Ross Alley neighbors found an average of 3,000 people using the alley every day. Trenton Street, which is adjacent to the Ping Yuen public housing development, is used as a shortcut to get to and from nearby shopping corridors and Chinese Hospital. Since the adoption of the Master Plan, 12 alleyway improvements Currently, Spofford Street is under construction; Ross and Trenton alleys are in the planning and outreach phase. Public Works collaborated with District 3 Supervisor Aaron Peskin and Chinese Community Development Center to host the meeting to show the Chinatown community a variety of design ideas for improvements in Ross and Trenton alleys. They included different pavement markings, murals, graphic designs, removable barriers, seating, lighting, interactive arts, decorative overhead elements and wayfinding signage. Two more community gatherings about Ross and Trenton improvements are planned. Both alleys are expected to receive upgrades in late summer and early fall. The remaining alleys in the Master Plan will continue to be included in the City's 10-year Capital Plan, which identifies, analyzes and prioritizes capital improvements citywide. When additional funds are cemented, future improvements will be implemented April 2017 - San Francisco Public Works Newsletter