From Sprawling Sidewalk to Neighborhood Garden

From Sprawling Sidewalk to Neighborhood Garden

Lily Gahagan
Jun 25, 2009

Ever wish you could turn even just a smidgen of the wide expanse of concrete in front of your house into some green space? Local architect Jane Martin did, but instead of just wishing, she made it happen - and you can too...

This story in Dwell Magazine relates how Martin was able to change her extra-wide sidewalks into a 15 by 6-foot garden, with plenty of space remaining for pedestrians to walk freely. Turns out that the minimum width requirement for walkways in SF is four feet, though many are much wider. After her experience, Martin created an organization called Plant SF which helps residents easily navigate the city's guidelines in order to convert the extra concrete area around their homes to permeable landscaping. We love how the garden project was able to create a sense of community in Martin's neighborhood, which you can read about here. So inspiring.

(Image: Dwell Magazine)

posted originally from: AT:San Francisco

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