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Plan of the civic center, situated at the end of the Panhandle extension, corner Market St. and Van Ness Ave., showing Van Ness Ave. extended to the Mission and County line, and a new boulevard to the Mail Docks.

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The proposed embellishment of Telegraph Hill, showing Washington Square and typical playpark, facing Montgomery avenue in the foreground.

"It has been suggested that the actual road-way of those streets too steep for driving be narrowed by the reservation of planting spaces. This treatment would redeem in a measure the furrowed effect of the city skyline.

"All streets ending abruptly at a hill should be planted out, making an entrance to the park above. The latter would be attained by winding pathways passing through succes

eaten railings, decayed tombstones, and neglected shrubbery of the forgotten dead!

One of Burnham's plans is to turn abandoned cemeteries into parks. Another, "to extend Market Street


the ocean; to erect a public amphitheater commanded by natural hill-sides; to establish recreation piers and vacht harbors, to create athletic grounds for men and women, including open-air gym


nasia, club-houses for recreation and refreshment, and swimming pools;

"The treatment of the Presidio in its relation to the city, involving a double program:

"(1) The arrangement of a trolley loop and drives leading to concourses from which the finest views may be enjoyed by the people, and "(2) The treatment of the slopes to the north, commanding a future drill-ground for public reviews and


"Boulevards reaching south of Market Street and the Presidio, Ferry and railroad terminals.

"A system of boulevards and avenues schemed to facilitate the circulation of traffic throughout the city, and avert future congestion, studied with a view to the relations and future growth of the various. districts of centers' of activity."

Under the conditions of Burnham's plans, the much talked-of Boulevard along the bay shore into and through San Mateo County, would be a reality; the reclamation. of Chinatown, (that blot on our city's escutcheon) into one of the most thriving and valuable of business centers, would become a fact; the ocean drive around Presidio, a thing of beauty and a joy forever; while the Outer and Inner Boulevards would compare favorably, as proposed by Burnham, with those of Paris.

The Panhandle extension to the Mail Docks is undoubtedly one of the most important features of Burnham's plans; solving, as it does, the problem of rendering more accessible the large parks already in existence, and opening up the following

main arteries:

Market Street, extending on the East to the ferries, and on the West around Twin Peaks to the ocean.

The Panhandle extending to the Park and Beach.

Van Ness Avenue, extending to

Mission St. and County Line.

An avenue in prolongation of the Panhandle South of Market Street to the bay.

Involving a whole block, lined on either side with a double row of black acacias and shrubbery, it will meet Market Street at Van Ness Avenue, and form a large plaza, from which wide thoroughfares will diverge in all directions.

This will create a boulevard the beauty of which will enable it to rank second to none; not excepting those of which the oldest and most attractive cities of the Old World can boast.

The colossal magnitude of Burnham's whole scheme is at first bewildering; the expense it would entail, enormous; the time and labor used in its development, unlimited; but follow its details, line by line, point by point, and you have before you an undertaking not at all impracticable; unheard of; stupenaous; but a scheme of improvement which older cities,-Paris, Berlin, Vienna, Moscow, London,-cities that do not possess one-tenth of our natural beauty and climatic advantages have profited by.

What they have done, we can do; we are young, crude, inexperienced; a little too content with the charms we already boast; too imbued with the idea that we are good enough as we are; but we have back of us the blood of the "forty-niners"; the unrelenting clutch (once we get hold of a thing) of our typical Grizzly; and the broad-minded, breezy, unlimited enthusiasm (once


come awakened) of our Western winds!

Do not let this "Dream of a Fair City" as planned by Burnham, slip from our sight like some beautiful desert mirage, public-minded and moneyed citizens of San Francisco! Do not let it be simply

"A Dream, and a Forgetting."

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