Natoma: A new Pedestrian Connection

Natoma Street, between 2nd Street and SFMOMA, presents a tremendous opportunity for a high-quality pedestrian connection linking critical destinations between Yerba Buena Gardens and SFMOMA to the newly constructed Transit Center. (2018)


Context: The Transit Center District will see a large influx of workers and residents using the Transit Center and relying on safe, comfortable streets to access transit connections, their places of work, and major civic nodes. Great urban alleys combine active, human-scaled street walls (building architecture), with high quality paving and street furniture to create an integrated "urban room". However, under the City's permitting rubric, the design controls for improving these pieces of urban fabric are siloed under the jurisdiction of two separate agencies: Planning, which provides design review for buildings, and Public Works, which has jurisdiction over the public right-of-way. In order to make the most of our public spaces our City agencies must coordinate our efforts and think of these "urban rooms" as one cohesive space.

Role: Lead urban designer/planner. (SF Planning)

Project Goals:

  • Serve the high volume of pedestrians coming to the area in a safe manner;
  • Connect major nodes within the district and;
  • Activate and enhance public life with the help of existing building fabric and supportive partnershps.