What do Inlaid Thermoplastic Asphalt Pavement Marking Systems have in common with bollard sleeves and Wilshire round planters? Easy. They’re all part of the SoFA District Year One Development Plan—a cosmetic redesign of South First Street between San Carlos and Reed Street.
As you read this, planters are being installed in front of the new Café Trieste, replacing what used to be the southbound parking lane. Similar planters are being installed across the street, directly in front of Anno Domini and Eulipia. Parking will now be diagonal. When finished, the scene will be much more conducive to outdoor café seating and a vibrant nightlife. Finally.
Currently, bulldozers are lumbering back and forth and planter foundations are being laid. New lighting, foliage and pavement designs will foloow. Campus police are casually overseeing the action. If you come out for First Fridays tonight, for example, you can see the progress being made. The one-year plan is just the beginning of aesthetic improvements to be implemented over the next five years.
All of this is long overdue. People have complained for 20 years that the sidewalks are too narrow to properly facilitate any sort of pedestrian-oriented, public art-driven landscape. Now that the luxury 360 Tower is almost finished, and First Fridays are a huge success, the time is right for yet one more phase of revitalization. At least we hope so. The entire plan can be downloaded from the 1stACT Silicon Valley website.