Privately Owned Public Open Spaces (POPOS) are built by commercial developers and owned by private companies but are ‘accessible’ to the public. POPOS are plazas, lobbies, recessed entry ways, gardens, walkways, rooftop terraces and more, both indoors and outdoors. In San Francisco, there are 56 POPOS locations in the downtown financial district. While some were created optionally, many of these spaces have been created because of density bonuses or as a condition for approval. Since 1985, POPOS have been a requirement of the city’s Downtown Plan.
During the Spring/Summer of 2013, Briana visited all of the POPOS and took at least one photo at each. What she ended up with is a fine arts commentary on the approachability and therefore accessibility of what public space is available in San Francisco’s busiest district.
Briana would like to thank Michael ten Pas for his support on this project.