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Transformation of SF Industrial Waterfront Halfway Funded

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If you've ever driven down 3rd St where it hugs the coast of the bay down through the Dogpatch and Bayview neighborhoods you will notice many old Industrial warehouses that look like they haven't been used since before color TV. It even looks as if it is a black and white reality lacking any vibrant colors of green parks or effervescent sculptures that is the standard of San Francisco. It's a shame to have so much beautiful coastline being taken up by abandoned warehouses, which is why in 2006 the Blue Greenway Project came into effect to beautify the 13 mile stretch of coastline from China Basin to San Mateo County near Candlestick.

"The ghosts of San Francisco's maritime past are getting some new company along the southern waterfront as the city works to bring people to sites previously open only to ships and seafarers" says the SF Chronicle.

The goal of the Blue Greenway Project is to bring recreation and parks to previously industrial areas so people can actually enjoy and take advantage of this beautiful coastline. Think Fort Mason Park in the Marina as a good example and the potential of this area. Since starting the project, Recreation and Parks Department has already built Bayfront Park, 6 acres of coast from Pier 54 to Mission Rock and a 3/4 mile bikers only lane along Cargo way with cyclist only traffic signals, the first in San Francisco.

There is much more to come as well say the SF Chronicle, "At Pier 92, the soaring, iconic grain silos, unused since the late 1970s, will become the site of a public art display. An interactive light show, a huge "Etch-u-Sketch" display, an animated mural and a "Peace" painting are the four finalists for the art project, which is expected to be done by early 2014."

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