Cityscapes And Public Places

Neighborhood: Downtown, Financial District


The 1985 Downtown Plan was one of the most important piece of red tape in San Francisco history. With accelerating downtown development, city officials laid down some ground rules: If you’re going to build here, you’re going to have to pay a little extra to cover the necessary infrastructure improvements. Oh — and you have to devote a portion of your project to a publicly accessible open space. Thus, Privately-Owned Public Open Spaces (POPOS) were born.

Join us as we traverse featuring hidden parks, rooftop gardens, and views of nearly every building in San Francisco. Hear the real story of the Financial District while hanging out in some of the city’s most comfortable lookouts. Plus, we’ll discuss all the distinctive architecture that you’ll be face-to-face with.

Next Tours

  • Friday, March 31 at 1:00 pm given by Jay StreetsSign Up
  • Monday, April 3 at 10:00 am given by Don McLaurinSign Up
  • Friday, April 21 at 10:00 am (No Tour Today)
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Tour Length: Approximately 1-1/2 to 2 hours


Meet at the Native Sons Monument, Montgomery at Market. Public transportation: MUNI/BART Montgomery Station; all Market Street buses & streetcars.

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Please note: Private groups tours required for groups of 8 or more.