Fishermans Wharf Redesign – any news on this?

I was just alerted to the existence of this plan for redeveloping Fisherman’s Wharf to be more ped-friendly, use the waterfront more attractively, etc. 

graphic from SF Planning Dept

Now, I know I’m late on this, but I *did* move here only a few months ago. However, it wasn’t until this February that I actually experienced Fisherman’s Wharf. There are definitely some fun points – the multilevel structures built out onto the wharves, wooden decks, sea lion spotting, etc. – but it’s overwhelmingly kitschy, full of too many chain stores and the public space really, really doesn’t take full advantage of the waterfront.

In fact, the whole Embarcadero, Ocean Beach, Bay and all the waterfront in San Francisco seems grievously underused and under-“framed” by public spaces, restrooms, cafes, bike lanes, etc. I’m sure I’m not the only one – but I’m sure I don’t grasp the whole situation yet being new to the history of the city and how its land has been used. 

Anyway, I am excited to see that something new might be done with the Fisherman’s Wharf area, and would love an update. What is happening with this design? The planning document is from June 2010. Has this been approved? Is it pending funding? Are there pilot projects ready to be implemented? 

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