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San Jose Guerrero Plaza

July 17, 2009

Gillian ROCKS.  Great article at SF.Streetsblog on how the plan came about.


Gillett and the coalition have applied for and received numerous grants to aid their work, including a $75,000 Transportation for Livable Cities (TLC) grant through the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) for a community plan. In early 2005, the community got its first road diet when the MTA narrowed Guerrero from three lanes in each direction to two and added a bicycle lane. As a result of this and other traffic calming measures, dedicated pedestrian enforcement stings from the SFPD, and new traffic signals, Gillett explained, the collision rate for the 11 blocks on Guerrero between Cesar Chavez and Randall St. has been reduced by 53 percent since 2004.

A rough sketch of the proposal to add a plaza to the intersection of San Jose and Guerrero. One lane at the eastern edge of the plaza (bottom of picture) will receive the same pavement treatment as the plaza, but remain open to local traffic so the seven driveways belonging to residents along the street can be accessed.

Gillett and other members of the community have long had their eye on the roughly 9,000 square feet of marginally used asphalt on the east side of the awkward intersection of San Jose, Guerrero, and 28th Street. Using the TLC grant from 2005, they hired Project for Public Spaces (PPS) in New York City to help them envision a more humane treatment for the intersection and better use of the public realm.


However, we still seem a little fuzzy on the name.  Suggestions? Guerrero Plaza? SJC Place? Sangrero Triangle?

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Stucco Sux permalink
    July 17, 2009 4:52 pm

    Well anything with Gillian’s imprimatur I agree defaults to groovy in my book. I would note that this intersection is a strange one, and San Jose at this point is the rough equivalent to the abrupt termination point of the old 101 freeway at Market St. Heavy car traffic, light pedestrian traffic. But maybe the fait accompli aspect of “if you build it, they will come” will work here. Not a sure thing like the thriving Castro/17th plaza, but what the heck, no harm in trying…

  2. aidan permalink
    July 17, 2009 6:23 pm

    this intersection needs this plaza BADLY. big ups to Gillian for tirelessly pushing for this stuff.

  3. Gillian Gillett permalink
    July 18, 2009 1:13 pm

    Thank you for the kudos. You are very kind.

    I don’t have a horse in the park name game, but what strikes me is that there are 3 terrific neighbors named Mario on the plaza-to-be. Plaza Marios! Marios Commons?

  4. Old and Crotchedy permalink
    September 6, 2009 12:39 pm

    Why not call it Tin Can Alley?


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