Streetfilms: Making a Better Market Steet in San Francisco

For decades, planners and transportation specialists have debated how
San Francisco’s most important street could be re-visioned to  make it
work better for transit, pedestrians, cyclists, shoppers, and those
living on or near it. Now, as the Better Market Street Project moves
forward with trial traffic diversions, the Art in Storefronts project, music and programming in public spaces, greening along sidewalks, and pedestrian safety improvements,
San Francisco’s political class is intent on revitalizing the street
for the long haul. Though the concrete vision for what Market Street
will eventually look like is some ways off, there is more effort now
than in many years to improve the public realm and ensure the street
lives up to its great potential.

  • Spokker

    Once Market Street is closed off to cars, I hope Critical Mass doesn’t turn it into a wasteland too. Cars and Critical Mass are menaces to society.

  • David Galvan

    I just spent a week in S.F. and walked up and down Market St. quite a bit! It is a fantastic thoroughfare with BART and the Muni light rail running underneath, old-style electric streetcars running on the surface, electric buses powered by overhead wires and hybrid electric gas buses all moving along very well. Yes, there are some cars as well. The pedestrian walkways are very broad and the crosswalks are well-marked and plentiful. I would think most drivers would seek out less congested streets to drive on anyway, but I definitely did not see the presence of some private cars as a problem.

    That street is what many streets in Los Angeles should aspire to. Seems like there is a law of diminishing returns that applies to spending effort to make an already great pedestrian/public transit street even better.


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