On Friday October 18, 2019, the Landscape Design Class at City College of San Francisco visited the Detroit Steps Project (DSP), meeting with the project’s volunteers who have been working to develop the steps as a landscaped two-block flight of city stairs, with future plans for artwork. (Read more here.)
The Landscape Design class meets regularly every Friday morning on CCSF campus. The large group of about 20 students walked from CCSF to the Lower Steps where they met with DSP members: Monica Collins, Joy Durighello, and Rosaura Valle. After a short presentation on the project, everyone climbed all the steps up to the public site located midway in the Upper Steps. Reclaiming this slice of public land from severe overgrowth and neglect has been one focus of the project.
This site had been much cleared thanks to the work of CCSF interns Brian Marabello and Cheyenne over the summer, as well as during two community cleanup events on September 7 and October 6.
Thomas Wang, class instructor, led the class in taking proper measurements of the site. Each student will create a manual design and propose landscaping ideas. DSP workers plan to present all the drawings at the next SNA meeting (February) and have the community vote on the preferred design. The winning design will serve as the initial planting plan, and will be the basis for future landscaping efforts. California native plants will be purchased through the upcoming Step-a-thon fundraising (Sunday, November 24, from 10 AM to 12 noon).
All photographs by DSP Lead Rosaura Valle.