A foggy gloom hangs above the empty streets, now and then a person walks a dog or gets in a car and leaves through the almost deserted streets. An old man balances two giant bags with empty bottles on a wooden stick on his shoulder. 100 feet beneath him the Brotherhood Way bends along several churches, while you hear people play golf and shoot pigeons somewhere near.
In Park Merced, time seems to stand still. An elderly lady makes her rounds and takes a rest on a bench, watching nothing more than branches moving by the wind, and fog passing by, trying to reach further into the CIty. Park Merced is quiet.
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Park Merced, in the Southwest of San Francisco east of Lake Merced, has a unique urban pattern within the city. No straight streets and open views over the city, but a neighborhood organized around a circular park, where highrise apartment buildings are alternated with lowrise housing around courtyards. The courtyards are a pleasant surprise, with beautiful vistas, a great diversity in entrances, and quiet, green public spaces, faced by front doors as well as backyards or small verandas.
In some areas in Park Merced the buildings and the green open spaces don't match. The green space is sometimes too big, and the buildings don't enclose, and therefore do not define, the space. This can lead to that the buildings are not connected to the public space, and this often will lead eventually to rundown areas and neclected spaces. In order to improve the relation building <-> public space, some buildings have to be replaced. More density in this well connected area of San Francisco increases the future liveability, and with respect for the intentional urban design, developed between 1941 and 1951.
See also the project San Francisco in 237 squares.
SQUARE 207 | PARK MERCED