From City Beautiful Plaza to BMX Racetrack @ SF Civic Center

2 Nov

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

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4 Responses to “From City Beautiful Plaza to BMX Racetrack @ SF Civic Center”

  1. readerareadevelopment November 2, 2012 at 7:29 am #

    That looks pretty awesome! I’m surprised they would let such shenanigans happen on civic space. Cool pictures of the event.

    • kam November 4, 2012 at 11:03 pm #

      Thanks for the visit. Actually some locals complained about how the BMX events (Dew Tour) highjacked the plaza. But I believe that it is amazing experience to see from construction to finish of the racetrack, and the eventual removal of the construction.

  2. meteo france July 28, 2013 at 11:38 am #

    This is a good tip particularly to those fresh to the blogosphere.

    Brief but very accurate info… Appreciate your
    sharing this one. A must read article!

    • kam August 26, 2013 at 7:13 am #

      thanks so much for the “visit” and comment!

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