Fifth Street (Between Market & Mission Streets)
In April 2007 the San Francisco Board of Supervisors and the Mayor approved legislation to transform a 290’-long portion of Jessie Street stretching between Fifth and Mint Streets into San Francisco ’s newest public open space, aptly named Mint Plaza. The approximately $3.5M project was donated to the City of San Francisco by Martin Building Company. The entire process, from concept, to financing to implementation, took just under two years to complete.
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The Plaza was consciously designed to accommodate a wide range of uses, including art exhibitions, theatre, live music, cafés, and small festivals, while also providing a quiet, green and clean refuge for neighboring residents, downtown workers and visitors.
Mint Plaza is a special kind of public open space, designed to serve a variety of users. First and foremost, it’s a community gathering spot–a green space to take a break, sit outdoors, bring lunch, read a book or chat with a friend.
It's also uniquely urban: a plaza framed on three sides by historic architecture and lined with cafes and restaurants, providing a wonderful opportunity for al fresco dining. During summer, Mint Plaza hosts a weekly farmers market and a lunchtime concert series.
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