Sunday, March 27, 2011

Secret Garden

A San Francisco building code requires commercial developers in dense downtown areas to include "privately-owned public accessible open spaces" or (POPOS) in their constructions. Atriums and gardens such as this one were built for the public.

Unfortunately, not too many people know about their existence either because they were not well publicized or they were well-hidden. I certainly didn't know about them until I took a guided architectural tour of the city.

Only within the last few years that a map of all the POPOS in the city was published. If you want to go on a treasure hunt, click on the map and visit all of them.


- Karen

8 comments:

Sailor said...

This is for sure a secret Garden. Can I call it hanging garden?

rainfield61 said...

You have disclosed the secret to us.

betchai said...

it is very refreshing to see such open spaces and gardens in a jungle of concrete in the city

tracy said...

how wonderful! i wish more cities (like here in bangkok) would do this! it's so strange that it's not publicized there.

Ruby's Raiser said...

Wow, what a great secret to share! A great opportunity to relax and take some lovely shots with no crowds around.

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AVCr8teur said...

Thanks everyone for your comments. Now that you know the secret, perhaps you have some POPOS in your area that you haven't discovered yet.

eileeninmd said...

It truly is a secret garden. I glad you found it to show us all. It is a pretty garden.