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To: London Breed, Mayor, Rafael Mandelman, Supervisor, Bevan Dufty, Howard Grant, Architect, retired, Governor Gavin Newsom, and Sen. Dianne Feinstein (CA-1)

Save Harvey’s Gardens & Grove at Castro MUNI Harvey Milk Plaza SF-CA

Please consider signing this initiative to support the creation of the nation's first LGBTQ Veterans Grove (2499 Market St) and Harvey's Garden - A Watershed Garden (2401 Market St). The 2 street parks are an important part of existing open space areas with mature landscaping at a historically and culturally significant LGBTQ site that is also an important transit hub.

Why is this important?

We say, Renovate - Don't Desecrate!
Please sign the petition! Stop the Demolition! Restore/Expand Harvey Milk Plaza!
Protect the ONLY muni station that has open space & mature landscaping! Save Harvey’s Gardens & Grove!

This petition was created by concerned neighbors and community members in the late winter of '17-'18 as an aspect of the Twin Parklets initiative. Now we are ready for the web. We submitted 2 parklet applications to government stakeholders (Public Works) in early March 2018. As of mid-April we have collected over 750 'wet' signatures that included actual conversations with neighbors, visitors and merchants. *The above is the exact verbiage on the petition.
Whereas, a group calling itself the "Friends of Harvey Milk Plaza" are asking for the demolition of a site, including the mature landscaping, that many believe and understand ALREADY is a significant cultural and historical site. This group has been resistant to hearing our pleas and concerns.

We want a green, sustainable and beautiful solution to an important and efficient transit hub that has suffered from urban strains but is structurally sound. This site already educates and inspires visitors from far and wide. The neighborhood character will be impacted by the of the demolishing of this built environment

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Reasons for signing

  • This is already a beautiful, peaceful public garden. No need to bring in the bulldozers! Please use the money to address actual public nuisances!
  • It's the rare transit station with significant greenery and that's worth saving. With some key alterations it can remain a successful transit station for decades to come.
  • As a gay man, the Castro District place in history, and the work of Harvey Milk, are important to me. Parts of the current Harvey Milk Plaza and Castro Muni Station that honor the area and Milk, himself, need to be enhanced, not diminished.

Updates

2020-01-24 22:04:20 -0500

Hi all! Just to let you know that we have now over 1400 "wet" signatures for our 2 sentence petition! Living in the Castro, and being at the train station, it is easy to demonstrate what we are attempting to save and improve, along with our new ADA elevator. Thank you all for you support! Now we have a GoFundme account, just search for LAVENDER LANE - A LIVING MUSEUM or visit our more comprehensive website www.SaveHarveyMIlkPlaza.org.

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