Streetfilms: Making a Better Market Street 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.

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Eyes on the Street: Market Street Advance Stop Bars

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New advanced stop bars have been striped on Market Street between 10th Street and 5th Street. Photos: Matthew Roth It has been six weeks since the MTA started diverting private automobiles off Market Street, an effort to improve conditions for pedestrians, Muni vehicles and cyclists in the eastbound direction, while measuring the economic impact of […]

SFMTA Directors Favor More Car Restrictions to Improve Market Street

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The idea of getting more private automobiles off Market Street is gaining serious traction at the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA). Following the success of measures diverting cars off Market at 6th and 10th Streets, the SFMTA Board of Directors today showed a broad consensus favoring potential pilot projects that could further reduce the […]

Planners Turn to World’s Best Streets for Inspiration on Market

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A new set of reports released yesterday by the Better Market Street Project, a coordinated effort between San Francisco city agencies and urban designers, presents ideas for optimizing the mobility, safety and overall experience on lower Market Street when it is rebuilt in 2015. While the authors didn’t explicitly recommend the growingly popular idea of a car-free […]

Market Street Pilot is an Encouraging Move by Mayor Newsom

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Photo: Arul Prasad Though much of the media reaction to Mayor Gavin Newsom’s Better Market Street Project is narrowly focusing on the traffic impacts of mandatory right-turns at two intersections on Market, the trial project will attempt to do much more to improve the public realm and public perception of San Francisco’s most iconic street. […]

“This Is Market Street” Film Screening

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From Walk SF: As the Better Market Street project readies new designs for a street where a quarter-million people walk each day, take an evocative stroll down San Francisco’s “grand boulevard” with a thought-provoking film: This Is Market Street  (hosted by Walk SF and the Better Market Street project) Wed, June 26 6 – 7:30 p.m. San Francisco […]

San Francisco Increasingly Dangerous for Pedestrians

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Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of stories that will focus on how to improve streets for pedestrians. Wide intersections like this one at Mission and 6th make it dangerous for pedestrians to cross. We’re all being encouraged to exercise more and drive less. But sadly, more people walking in conjunction with […]