The above rendering is from KMD Architects. It was a proposed plan to build “Sustainable Civic Center” which would create more fountains, sitting areas, vegetation, a reimagined BART entrance and solar panels atop some of our most recognizable buildings. This plan was not adopted but it is one of many examples of how we can bring water and vegetation back to the streets of San Francisco.
This area is important for innovation because its the heart of our political district, and showing their drive towards sustainability would inspire many other neighborhoods to follow suit.
The city has proposed plans to revive the use of this water for cleaning streets and watering parks and street plants, as well as filling fountains around the city. So far, however, nothing has been done to start this process.
There has also been quiet conversation between BART and local businesses to use the water to produce steam power to power the neighborhood, although nothing has been confirmed and BART representatives skirt the subject of the underground water.