Before it meant shopping, the word "mall" described a broad public walkway or promenade, often lined with trees. Located in San Francisco's Western Addition neighborhood, Buchanan Mall is a five-block open space envisioned as a community park—but decades of crime and violence have left its playgrounds, paths, and lawns empty.
Now, the community is rallying to reclaim and rejuvenate Buchanan Mall. Working with The Trust for Public Land and a close-knit group of partner organizations, local residents participated in a series of workshops to brainstorm and prototype plans for garden boxes, place-making signage, audio-boxes, decorative arches, and improved seating and lighting. These creative elements honor the rich history of the neighborhood and provide inspiration for a brighter future for Buchanan Mall.
This project is made possible by generous funding from the S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation.