Bernal Heights rises majestically above the colorful houses of the Mission, while the streets are running straight towards the base of the hill. The wide, arterial Cesar Chavez seperates two worlds. The southern part of the Mission in the north is lively but obsolete as well. South of it is almost like an oasis. Streets run straight up the hill, though a few turns and a wonderful little park in the heart of the neighborhood, gives an European vibe. Easy to get lost, if there was no hill to support orientation. Every street runs up the same hill but in a different direction, which offers beautiful views on several characteristic skylines of the city.
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Cesar Chavez Street is a six lanes wide, traffic oriented arterial street and freeway feeder, that seperates Mission District and Bernal Heights. The street almost feels like a freeway, but has a mix of houses, churches, schools and several businesses alongside. However, the density doesn't match the width of the street or the place it has in the city's urban fabric.
Cesar Chavez Street has much potential and is a great opportunity to (re)connect two neighborhoods, and could also be the start of connecting the neighborhoods with 3rd street and the development along the Bay. The proposal adds new housing, office space and retail to the city and can stimulate the regeneration of the southern part of the Mission. Bike routes on the quiet neighborhood streets (Precita & 26th) improve safety enormous.
See also the project San Francisco in 237 squares.
SQUARE 147 | CESAR CHAVEZ