heard lore of bamboo forests and sun decks in the otherwise inhospitable
downtown San Francisco, but when we endeavor to visit such mythical places, it
always ends the same way: we can't find the exact location, or a menacing security
guard prompts us to quickly turn away. Surely all the good worker bees should
just continue hunching in front of the computer during lunch because that's
the only option, right?
Wrong. Since 1985, this fine city has required developers to provide one square foot of public space for every 50 square feet of office space,
known as POPOS or privately owned public spaces. How do you find POPOS?
Developers aren't keen on making it easy. Bad signage or front desk inquiries are
de rigueur, the nonprofit urban think tank SPUR noted in their 2009 report, but
they've been on the case ever since, and
this month they've released a new app which promises to radically alter your
lunch hour. S.F.'s Secret Spaces and Hidden Oases identifies over 50 POPOS on a
map, as well as hours of operations and tricks to getting to where you want to
go, whether it is a five-story atrium or a sculpture garden.
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