Explore Downtown SF's Hidden Public Spaces With This App

Nov 06, 2013 at 10am

Photos by Noah Christman

We here at The Bold Italic are big fans of city exploration, so we are extremely impressed with a new app created by SPUR and the developer Escape Apps. It's called SF's Secret Spaces and Hidden Oases and it helps you find privately owned, publicly accessible spaces. SPUR is a non-profit organization that focuses on urban planning and education. Since there are so few public parks in downtown SF, SPUR put together a map of 50 special spots to uncover. 


It's easy to fall into a routine of eating sad desk lunches, but in a city with so much to explore, it would really be a shame not to take a curious stroll every now and then. The list of hidden places has an underground waterfall and a living bamboo forest for crying out loud! The app also offers directions including secret stairwells and some descriptions of what each site has to offer – so go on and get exploring.