Another very interesting feature that is appearing in the Mission on Valencia Street are sidewalk projects. Many of Valencia Street’s sidewalks have been widened to accommodate the flow of pedestrian traffic to and from restaurants, stores and residences. These sidewalks have been enhanced with objects that bring out the nature of community-focused living.
Where many buildings in the past had handbills stuck on them, the Public Posts are prevalent along many of the blocks from 16th Street up to 24th. On these posts, people have displayed items for sale, lost pets and upcoming events. It brings people to gather for news and events in their neighborhood.
Another wondrous thing to see are the grates that house the newly planted trees that are thriving there. These grates, though very practical and handy, are also festooned with very Latin icons: Dia de los Muertos skeletons! The skeletons, a man and a woman, appear to be dancing. I’d be dancing, too, if I were a permanent feature on display!
Among these improvements, the sidewalks have some etchings on them, which resemble glass work in some parts, and are even glossy in places. These improvements are a site to behold and be held by, as the street comes of age.