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Peter Pan blamed for downtown blight

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A temporary performance arena in a high-profile park is dazzling theater-goers with puppets, performers and 360-degree video projections, but it’s irking a San Francisco planning commissioner.

A “Peter Pan” production is performing for 18 weeks inside a 1,350-seat tent built on a city park along the Embarcadero opposite the Ferry Building.

“I’m very concerned about the look of this structure,” Planning Commissioner Kathrin Moore said Thursday during a commission meeting. “There is a completely substandard fence (and) activities along the fence which are causing a blighting effect.”

The commission was not asked to approve construction of the tent because it was built on land that’s governed by The City’s parks department, planning staff told commissioners.

“I believe that Planning, being the steward of right-of-ways, should have a say,” Moore said.

The tent was not mentioned in an agenda for Thursday’s meeting, which was not attended by representatives of the performance’s production company or by city park officials.