The Mission Public Life Plan hopes to revamp the Mission corridor by focusing on commerce, public spaces, and new art. Screenshot from Mission Public Life Plan.

The Planning Department will be hosting its second public meeting for the Mission Public Life Plan this coming Thursday, in an effort to receive public input for the Mission corridor project:

Please join us at our second public meeting for the Mission Public Life Plan on August 7th! The Mission Public Life Plan celebrates the unique identity of Mission Street from Van Ness Avenue to Randall Street, while envisioning it as a more vital transit corridor with new art, commerce and public spaces for people to enjoy.

At this meeting we will discuss what Mission Street is now and what it wants to become. We will explore how street furniture, art, seating and events can create new ways for people to gather and celebrate the cultural history of this important thoroughfare. We will also discuss the latest community conversations on commerce, art and maintenance for the 16th BART plaza.

The first public open house was held on February 19 and allowed attendees to weigh in on the plans presented by city planners and write down their own suggestions for change, sparking a conversation that planners said was useful for guiding the project’s direction. Follow-up meetings were held focusing specifically on commerce, public spaces and art, all centered on the 16th St. BART Plaza for now.

The Mission Public Life Plan is meant to “support transit service” along the Mission corridor while experimenting with public spaces, eventually creating new art installations on the street that will highlight the neighborhood’s particular history.

But for now, planners are focused on receiving public input, an especially vital component in light of the low attendance recorded at previous meetings on the project. Concept plans are meant to be revealed and discussed at Thursday’s open house, with pilot projects and installations planned for the end of the summer and permanent fixtures to follow in early 2015.

The meeting will go from 6-8 p.m. on August 7 and will be held on the second floor of the Women’s Building, at 3543 18th Street.

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Joe was born in Sweden, where the Chilean half of his family received asylum after fleeing Pinochet, and spent his early childhood in Chile; he moved to Oakland when he was eight. He attended Stanford University for political science and worked at Mission Local as a reporter after graduating. He then spent time in advocacy as a partner for the strategic communications firm The Worker Agency. He rejoined Mission Local as an editor in 2023.

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