I have often walked past Mariposa and Pennsylvania on and wondered who would plant all these flowers here, right off the freeway.
Yesterday, I read about Annie Shaw and her work on 17th Street at the edge of Potrero Hill in the Examiner. The area is home to a lot of illegal dumping, petty crimes and homelessness. Annie started the Seventeenth and Pennsylvania Urban Renewal project. She has put a tremendous amount of effort in this area, and using Community Challenge Grant she will plant trees and spikey plants that would be uncomfortable spots for transients to rest.
Over, the past weekend, I was over at Jackson Playground and read the plaque to Lou Spadia’s Clubhouse plaque. Mr. Spadia grew up in Potrero Hill and went on to become President of the 49ers and founded the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame. He argued against raising funds for a building so that the money could be used to fund sports for children. The bottom line of his plaque at Jackson Playground, where I like to watch baseball, reads, “It was his wish that children experience the happiness and benefits of sports he enjoyed here at Jackson Playground.” See a review of Jackson Playground. http://bit.ly/d9oW83
It takes many heros from across many different generations to make a neighborhood successful. Potrero Hill is fortunate in that way.