Community Meeting on Japantown Better Neighborhood Plan


SAN FRANCISCO — A community meeting on the Better Neighborhood Plan for Japantown will be held on Wednesday, June 1, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. in the Issei Memorial Hall of the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California, 1840 Sutter St. in San Francisco.

This is part of a series of meetings designed to get public input on a comprehensive plan that will guide future planning, preservation and development in Japantown.

Before the end of 2011, the final Japantown community recommendations are scheduled for consideration by the San Francisco Planning Commission. Community participation at these meetings is vital to shape the neighborhood recommendations to the commission.

Food and refreshments will be served, and interpreters will be provided for Japanese speakers.

Special guests will include Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi, whose district includes Japantown, and Planning Director John Rahaim.

Facilitated breakout sessions will cover the following topics:

1. Community Land Use: Maintain current building heights and scale with a focus on business and residential mix — no highrises.

2. Cultural Character: Establish architectural standards to maintain the Japanese/Japanese American character of the community core.

3. Japan Center: Retain the malls’ basic scale and rehabilitate structure; support businesses that perpetuate Japantown’s cultural authenticity.

For additional information, call Bob Hamaguchi of the Japantown Organizing Committee at (415) 346-1239 or visit



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