The Inner Richmond neighborhood is the winner of the 2021 Brian Tsai Greener Block Award.
Each year since 2013, FUF has recognized an area in San Francisco that has undergone the greatest “green” transformation during the past year. We evaluate candidates for the award on the basis of their progress in planting and maintaining street trees (and sometimes sidewalk gardens) with the participation of neighborhood residents.
The Inner Richmond — in particular, the area bounded west and east by Funston and 10th avenues, and north and south by Lake Street and Geary Boulevard — got 50 more trees last July thanks to the organizing efforts and participation of neighborhood residents.
The trees we planted — mostly Maidenhair (Ginkgo biloba), Small-Leaf Tristania (Tristaniopsis laurina), and Australian Willow (Geijera parviflora) — replaced almost 1,000 square feet of concrete.
“We’re impressed with the work of FUF, and we’ve admired the trees in other neighborhoods,” said Donna Culpepper, who moved into the neighborhood in 2013 (her daughter and son-in-law, Nikki and Gary Fuges, have lived there for about 17 years). “We love the greener neighborhood, and wish more people would plant trees.”
Congratulations and thanks to the Culpepper/ Fuges families and all the neighbors who participated.
A new street tree on Funston Avenue in the Inner Richmond neighborhood