This Week: Valencia Gateway, Living Alleys, Safer Sixth St.

The city is hosting public workshops this week on creating a greener, safer intersection at Valencia and Mission Streets, “living alleys” around Market Street and Octavia Boulevard, and a traffic calming pilot on Sixth Street. SPUR, meanwhile, has a full week of forums touching on topics ranging from the Central Corridor Plan to the future of suburbs.

Here are all the highlights from the Streetsblog calendar:

  • Tuesday: SPUR hosts a forum to discuss the Central Corridor Plan, which calls for protected bike lanes, bus lanes, and pedestrian safety improvements in the area around the Central Subway stations coming to SoMa. 12:30 p.m.
  • Also Tuesday: The SF Public Utilities Commission, Planning Department and Department of Public Works will hold a public open house on plans to add sidewalk expansions, bike lanes, greenery, and permeable pavement at the “Mission and Valencia Green Gateway.” 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • More Tuesday: The Planning Department hosts a community workshop to kick off a two-year planning process for a network of “living alleys” in the area around Market and Octavia. 6 p.m.
  • Wednesday: SPUR hosts two forums: One in which two companies will present their new vehicles which “don’t fit into existing categories,” at 12:30 p.m., and another to discuss Designing Suburban Futures, a new book about “how existing suburbs can sustainably absorb new growth and evolve,” at 6 p.m.
  • Also Wednesday: Supervisor Jane Kim and the SFMTA host a community meeting on plans for a traffic calming pilot project on Sixth Street. 6 p.m.
  • Thursday: In case you missed the first one, SPUR will host another screening of “This is Market Street,” a new documentary that “spurs a dialogue about the future of Market Street and preserves an experience of the corridor before its transformation.” 12:30 p.m.

Keep an eye on the calendar for updated listings. Got an event we should know about? Drop us a line.


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