I used to think that the San Francisco Civic Center Plaza is kind of dull and boring since there is not much action going on there usually unless there is a protest. But that thought went away immediately after I saw that how the plaza was transformed into a BMX racetrack!
For a long weekend in San Francisco, the BMX people actually created artificial mud hills and several seating pavilions at the plaza. I bet the person who designed the City Beautiful plaza a hundred years ago would never predict that happening. It also got me to believe that the greatest achievement of the City Beautiful movement was the creation of huge public open space in the heart of American downtowns. These open spaces, though usually monumental-looking, offer a venue for parades, concerts, celebrations and basically any events. The sky is the limit for using these open spaces.
civic center plaza (facing city hall) on a “regular day”
civic center plaza (facing united nation plaza) on a “regular day”
civic center plaza, san francisco