Winter Walk has returned for its second year in downtown San Francisco. This pop-up plaza on Stockton Street between Geary and Ellis provides a public open space during the construction of the Central Subway. RHAA Landscape Architecture + Planning donated their services to the Union Square Business Improvement District (BID) to create a space that offers a place for respite among the busy holiday bustle.

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RHAA suggested the SFMTA create a lively space during the construction period rather than just laying down concrete, and worked with the BID to select and implement a holiday light projection artist, as well as other multiple programming such as food trucks. The tremendous success of the plaza has allowed it to become the ‘go to’ place during the holiday. The success of the 2014 Winter Walk has spurred the local businesses to increase the amount of events in the area this year. The 3-D holiday light show, Off the Grid food trucks, carolers, performers, SPCA puppy and kitten walks, makeup demos by Macy’s, fashion shows, and chocolate samples from Ghirardelli are only a few examples of the kind of things you may find when touring the two city blocks. Winter Walk is a great opportunity to get in the holiday spirit and will be active through January 1st.

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Images via Tom Fitzgerald Photography

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