The Public Realm indicators in the SF Indicator Project measure access to a range of public and retail services and facilities such as clinics and hospitals, parks, recreation facilities, arts and cultural facilities, healthy food retail, and other daily services. Collectively, the location, quality, affordability and accessibility of these facilities and services contribute to “neighborhood completeness” that serves community health. Neighborhood completeness impacts health and well-being health in diverse ways:
- The presence of safe, accessible, quality parks, plazas, recreation facilities and arts and cultural facilities can reduce rates of depression and isolation and increase physical activity and social interactions with others.
- Proximity to supermarkets and diverse retail food markets improves nutritional choices which may decrease the likelihood of obesity and diabetes.
- Access to quality primary health care promotes early detection of preventable chronic diseases.
- The more public and retail services in one’s neighborhood, the greater the likelihood of accessing these basic needs by walking or biking, increasing physical activity. Local goods and services can increase “eyes on the street,” and reduces motor vehicle injuries and pollution.
Objectives & Indicators
PR.1. Assure spaces for libraries, performing arts, theatre, museums, concerts, and festivals for personal and educational fulfillment
PR.1.a. Art & cultural facilities
PR.1.b. Public funding for the arts
PR.1.c. Public library access
PR.1.d. Public art works
PR.2. Increase park, open space and recreation facilities
PR.2.a. Recreational Area Score
PR.2.b. Recreation facility access
PR.2.c. Community garden access
PR.3. Increase accessibility, beauty, safety, and cleanliness of public spaces
PR.3.a. Street tree population
PR.3.b. Streetscape improvements
PR.3.c. Streetscape maintenance
PR.4. Assure access to daily goods and service needs
PR.4.a. Public service access
PR.4.b. Retail service access
PR.4.c. Commercial zoning
PR.5. Promote affordable and high-quality food access and sustainable agriculture
PR.5.a. Food Market Score
PR.5.b. CalFresh benefits acceptance
PR.5.c. Food security among low-income adults