Guerrero St. Median Greening Project/17th to 18th St.
Several years ago, the narrow median of Guerrero St., long a lifeless band of concrete, gave way to efforts to calm traffic by adding plants and trees. Concrete removal work first began at 30th St. and San Jose Avenue (just south of Cesar Chavez), and slowly made its way up towards Market St. Although the greening campaign has been a technical success, the sad fact is that today most of the median blocks are weed-ridden, with many dead or missing plants and compromised trees. The problem: lack of proper maintenance. Why? Because the city can’t do it alone. DPW’s Bureau of Urban Forestry, the city agency responsible for flora on the city’s medians, actively solicits community participation, not only with the initial planting, but more importantly, with future upkeep, by adopting a block. MDNA stepped up to the plate by adopting the 17th to 18th St. segment. Take a look at this one block and compare it to the others, and note what a difference responsible maintenance makes.
Gideon Kramer, our Greening & Beautification Coordinator, is leading this effort, and hopes to motivate residents and businesses to adopt other blocks that sorely need TLC. DPW makes it easy and safe for neighbors to come out on a Saturday morning and make things happen, by closing off the inner lanes to traffic, providing all the tools and materials needed, and carting away the debris. For our initial planting on the 17th to 18th St. block (April 2, 2016), Tartine Bakery donated $250 and both Tartine and Bi-Rite Market plied the troops with generous supplies of pastries and fresh fruit and juices, and helped make the event a realy fun and productive one. Since the initial planting, we’ve had several maintenance events to ensure that the median stays in great shape, especially during the first two years when the trees and plants are most vulnerable. Please let us know if you’d like to get involved, and especially, if you’re interested in adopting a block.
This is how the Guerrero median between 17th and 18th looked in March 2016.
. . . and after the initial planting on April 2, 2016. Over 120 plants were installed, including euphorbia, penstamon, armeria, calandrinia, and agave.