S.F.'s Union Square closed for 18 months

SAN FRANCISCO -- Union Square, this city's shopping center, is closed to the public for the next 18 months due to a renovation.

By: Jim Nolan

SAN FRANCISCO -- Union Square, this city's shopping center, is closed to the public for the next 18 months due to a renovation.

The parking garage and ticket booth remain open during construction, which is expected to last through the second quarter of 2002.

The renovation includes a large central plaza, lawn terraces to Geary Street and steps to pedestrian-only Maiden Lane. There also will be a cafe, grassy areas and a stage large enough to accommodate a symphony orchestra.

In other San Francisco news, the Ansel Adams Center moved in January to a new location -- 655 Mission St. near the Museum of Modern Art.

The new 8,700-square-foot space features five galleries and an expanded bookstore dedicated to the works of the San Francisco-born photographer.

The De Young Museum was closed Dec. 31 for the demolition and construction of a $135 million facility. The new museum will rise in the same Golden Gate Park location, scheduled for a June 2005 opening.

The San Francisco convention and visitors bureau released the 2001-2002 edition of the Professional Travel Planner's Guide, a 178-page brochure for travel agents and tour operators.

Copies are being mailed to ASTA members and members of tour operator associations. Included are profiles of accommodations, sightseeing and transportation, a restaurant guide and shopping information.

The guide can be ordered from the bureau's tourism division by calling (415) 227-2676. It also can be ordered by visiting the travel trade section of www.sfvisitor.org.

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