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Hidden : 11/3/2018
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Cache is not at the posted coordinates. Go to each of the stages below to collect information that will help you find the final location. Some stages are only available during normal business hours. Final is available 24/7. You can do the stages in any order but you may save time by visiting them in the order shown.

POPOS are Privately-Owned Public Open Spaces. San Francisco has dozens of these parks that are provided and maintained by private developers, most in or around the financial district. Before 1985, they were built either voluntarily or as part of financial incentives offered to real estate developers. In 1985, the Downtown Plan introduced formal requirements for developers to include public spaces as a part of major building projects in commercial areas of the City.

SOMA is the South of MArket district of San Francisco. This cache will take you to a few of the POPOS in this area. (I also have a NOMA version in the works, to follow soon.) The downtown SOMA district has seen significant development over the last few years and many of the POPOS here have a modern feel to them.

The newer spaces are marked by the sign shown on this page, but even so they can be easy to miss and some are known only to a few locals. They all offer a place to sit down and take a break within the busy downtown area, but there is a lot of variation in size and quality. This cache will take you to a few of the nicer spaces in the SOMA district. The website for the City of San Francisco Planning Department has a map of all the POPOS if you are interested.

Stage 1: N 37° 47.273 W 122° 23.969
Available 8am-6pm Monday through Friday

An indoor park with trees, artwork and seating. Enter the building lobby to find the public space, which extends to the upper floor, and collect the answer to the question below.

The windows above the doorways have spotlights facing the ceiling.
How many spotlights are there above the doorways? Answer = F. It may be easier to count these from the upper floor. Do not include the ones way up in the ceiling, just the ones on the front windows.

Stage 2: N 37° 47.304 W 122° 23.937
Available 24/7

A well maintained outdoor plaza with landscaping and various seating areas.
How many sculptures are in this plaza? Answer = E. (Don't forget the big colorful one.)

Stage 3: N 37° 47.338 W 122° 24.007
Available 8am-6pm Monday through Friday

A quiet indoor seating area with rotating art displays. Enter the building lobby and go up the steps to the right.
How many skylights are in the atrium? Multiply by 2, result = D.

Stage 4: N 37° 47.359 W 122° 23.878
Available during daylight hours

A rooftop garden area with water features and landscaping. Popular at lunchtimes. Go up the stairs and answer the following questions:
i) How many walls in the fountain have water flowing down them?
ii) Besides the fountain, how many other water features are in this plaza?
Add the answers to i) and ii), result = C.

Stage 5: N 37° 47.411 W 122° 23.801
Available 24/7

Unfortunately the POPOS here is currently closed for structural repairs. I will update this stage once it re-opens. In the meantime, notice the recessed lights in the ground in this plaza and answer the following question:
How many lights are recessed in the ground in the plaza? Last digit = B

Stage 6: N 37° 47.502 W 122° 23.594
Available 24/7

A small landscaped park with outdoor seating. The ledges along the sides of this area have wooden seating benches installed.
How many wooden slats are used on top surface of each bench? Answer = A. (Only count the top surface.)

Visit one more parklet to find the final. Cache is located N37 47.ABC W122 23.DEF.

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Thanks to Yamjerky for some advice with placing downtown caches - he's certainly an expert in this area!

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