Lower Polk Neighbors (LPN) is a neighborhood association, made up of both residents and merchants, located in the lower part of the Polk Gulch district in San Francisco, California.
We meet to discuss neighborhood issues and then follow up on those discussions with action. Our principal issues are crime, cleanliness, beautification, and strengthening of our community. Since we began meeting in late 2001, we have begun a Lower Polk tree planting program; we have worked with the Department of Public Works and others to address the grime, graffiti and garbage on our streets; and we have worked with the San Francisco Police Department on remaining quality-of-life issues. We have also met with business owners to address crime and cleanliness issues related to their businesses; we have met with nonprofit low-income housing developers to help plan their projects in the neighborhood; we have put together a community court whereby those who commit quality-of-life offenses are sentenced by a jury of their peers to pay a fine to or to do community service in the neighborhood; and we have organized neighborhood crime walks.
Map delineating borders of the LPN area:
We also invite elected and other high-ranking officials to speak at our general meetings. Guests have included:
- District 3 Supervisor Aaron Peskin (2016-present)
- District 3 Supervisor Julie Christensen (2015-2016)
- Mayor Gavin Newsom (2004-2011)
- District 3 Supervisor Aaron Peskin (2005-2009)
- District 3 Supervisor David Chiu (2009-2014)
- District 6 Supervisor Chris Daly (2001-2011)
- District 9 Supervisor Tom Ammiano (1994-2008)
- District 11 Supervisor Sophie Maxwell (2000-2011)
- District Attorney Kamala Harris (2004-2011)
- Chief of Police Heather Fong (1997-2009)
- Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White (2004-current)
If you have questions about the group, please get in touch.
I attended the LPN a meeting on Saturday, October 10 regarding the changes going on in our alleys. Supervisor Julie Christensen was there as well as the architect firm INTERSTICE. Zoe Astrachan presented a slide show detailing what some of the plans are. She showed examples of other things that have been done in alleys that the neighborhood might consider. This meeting was very organized: numerous colorful diagrams were set up showing all the alleys; stick ups and markers were provided for comments onto the diagrams; notes were taken regarding our comments, and architects were very accommodating and open to what people were saying. The architects assured us that they would present our issues to the city agencies involved. The LPN was GREAT in organizing this meeting! I am a supporter of the LPN. They have done a lot for our area.
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just walked down fern alley.. what is up? a few trees and some art on side walk. did most trees die? or were vandalized? far cry from the presentation.