First Sunday Streets of 2009: “An Idea With Staying Power”

IMG_3236e2.jpgPeople instead of cars fill the streets in Fisherman's Wharf. Photo by Bryan Goebel.
Today's crisp, sunny weather and car-free waterfront drew thousands of people to San Francisco's first Sunday Streets of 2009 along the Embarcadero from Aquatic Park to the Giants ballpark. Business seemed like it was booming in Fisherman's Wharf, dispelling concerns among some business owners the opposite would happen.

"They're really excited and they feel like there's a ton of people around," said Wade Crowfoot of the Mayor's office, donning an orange Sunday Streets volunteer t-shirt. "What you see is a good mixing of tourists who would be down here anyways and then a lot of locals and tourists that probably rented bikes specifically for this day."

He added: "This is an idea with staying power."

Hear a brief interview with Wade, as he was surveying the fun in Fisherman's Wharf:

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