YES!!!!!! The time has come for the Phase II of the SOMA alley beautification project. This project will clean and improve sidewalks and streets on Natoma, Minna, Shipley and Tehama between 5th and 6th Street. Having completed the alleys between 6th and 7th just a few months ago representitives of the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency and the Department of Public Works gave an overview of the project, set to begin construction in January 2012 and set for completion in June or July of 2012. Scope of work includes planting of trees and shrubs, new asphalt with decorative imprinted patterns, raised crosswalks and chicanes. The project is being described as serving two purposes, improving aesthetics of the area and making the area a more pedestrian friendly area.
No mention made of safety concerns in the neighborhood as of late.