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About Livable City

Our Mission

Livable City works to create a San Francisco of great streets and complete neighborhoods, where walking, bicycling, and transit are the best choices for most trips, where public spaces are beautiful, well-designed, and well-maintained, and where housing is more plentiful and more affordable.

How we work

Livable City engages San Francisco in three ways – as the City’s livability advocate, as the City’s Open Streets provider, and as a people’s planner.

Livability Advocate. We advocate for policy changes, programs, and projects which make San Francisco more sustainable, livable, and equitable. Over the past decade, Livable City has become one of the City’s most effective advocates. We champion complete streets, a citywide greenway networkparking reform, improved transit, more affordable housing (including legalizing accessory dwelling units), keeping arts and artists in San Francisco, and keeping neighborhood commercial districts vital, diverse, and walkable.

Open Streets Provider. Livable City organizes and manages Sunday Streets, San Francisco’s open streets program, providing 15 yearly miles of car-free open space on City streets across seven neighborhoods. Sunday Streets serves over 100,000 people yearly with free activities, resources and recreation and is produced in partnership with City agencies and neighborhood and nonprofit partners.

People’s Planner. We work directly with residents and small businesses to make San Francisco neighborhoods more livable, including helping enact planning and zoning changes responsive to neighborhood needs, helping plan and secure funding for street and open space improvements, preserving housing and local landmarks, and helping neighborhood-serving small businesses and community services thrive.

Our Values

Our campaigns and our programs are informed by our values.

Sustainability and Resiliency. A livable city respects the living planet, and is in harmony with the natural systems that sustain all life. It uses earth’s resources wisely, and meets current needs without compromising the well-being of future generations. It fosters biodiversity – the local communities of animals and plants unique to its place. It embraces a ‘cradle to cradle’ ethos, minimizing pollution and waste.

Health and Happiness. A livable city promotes the health and happiness of its residents, providing opportunities for quality health care, active living, healthy eating, human connection, and the experience of beauty. A livable city promotes health in all its policies.

Equity. A livable city provides equitable access to the necessities of life, including housing, mobility, food, services, education, and meaningful work. It gives all residents an opportunity particpate in the civic, economic, and cultural life of the city. It doesn’t impose undue environmental or health burdens on individuals or communities.

Democracy and Community. A livable city provides all residents the right to participate in decisions which affect them. It allows decision-making and planning for community needs at various scales – the individual, the household. the block, the neighborhood, the city, and the region. It’s policies, laws, standards, and practices are clear, transparent, and user-friendly.

Our Campaigns

Livable Neighborhoods. Our Livable Neighborhoods campaign helps foster walkable, diverse, healthy, and green neighborhoods. San Francisco is in its worst-ever housing affordability crisis, and we are working to preserve rental housing, meet housing needs at all levels of affordability, and allow the conversion of garages to housing and neighborhood-serving small businesses. We’re also working to preserve art spaces and artists housing.

Complete Streets. We are working to make San Francisco’s streets – 25% of the City’s land area – safer, greener, and more convivial. We support greater walkability, a citywide bicycle network, and transit priority to make Muni faster and more reliable. We’re working for more street trees, for buildings that activate and engage the sidewalks, and to reduce the impact of driveways and utilities on walkability.

Transit. We’re working to improve the timeliness, reliability, safety, and accessibility of public transit in San Franicisco. We are advocating for investments in transit capacity to relieve overcrowding and accommodate growing transit ridership. We are working to electrify Caltrain, bring it Downtown, and transform it into a fast, frequent regional metro service.

Green Open Space. We are working to create a citywide greenway network that connects neighborhoods to the waterfront and hilltop open spaces, and serves as green infrastructure for recreation, open space, habitat, and sustainable water management. We are also working to expand street parks, open space in new development, and community gardens across San Francisco.

Sunday Streets

Sunday Streets is San Francisco’s very own open street program, inspired by the Ciclovía in Bogotá, Colombia, where we transform 1-4 miles of city streets into car-free spaces for community health and connection. With 8 events held annually in collaboration with diverse communities across San Francisco, Sunday Streets is open streets for the neighborhoods, by the neighborhoods.  Livable City has run the Sunday Street program since its inception in 2008, together with city and nonprofit partners, sponsoring partners, residents and businesses, and hundreds of volunteers. For more about the program or to volunteer or exhibit at an upcoming event, check out our Sunday Streets website.

To Learn More

Check out our campaign pages. Sign up for our email news. Download our 40-year plan, The Path to a Livable City.