Starting Aug. 11, we are implementing major safety improvements on this stretch of San Francisco’s signature boulevard to help make our streets safer for everyone. Thanks to our Safer Market Street project, there will be fewer turning vehicles and much-improved safety on the five-block stretch of Market from 3rd to 8th streets. Drivers of private automobiles won’t be allowed to turn onto Market Street along much of this stretch, which is heavily used by people walking and biking. Instead, those driving private cars will proceed straight across Market.
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Interesting case study from downtown Barcelona - www.wsj.com/articles/barcelona... via @WSJ
One year ago Barcelona ordered most automobiles out of an industrial area where the city has been trying to attract technology companies. The move has helped turn the area into one of Barcelona’s hottest office markets.
An update on Civic Center Health and Cleanliness Pilot Program from the City Administrator:
In San Francisco, checking out a book from the Main Library, attending a Symphony concert or going to City Hall for a marriage license can mean confronting some of the most egregious examples of the city's drug and homelessness problems. For years, Civic Center has been a grim showcase for the city's worsening heroin and...
With up to 9,000 units of housing expected to be built within the boundaries of San Francisco’s burgeoning Hub District, which is off-centered around the intersection of Market Street and South Van Ness Avenue, the plan to guide the development of the neighborhood’s “Public Realm” (i.e., all the space between the buildings and towers) has been drafted.
The Draft Public Realm Plan sets forth the vision for how the neighborhood’s streets, alleys and open spaces could be designed, with specific recommendations for which streets, alleys and open spaces should be redesigned and a host of design strategies and examples.
See SF Planning's draft plan here: default.sfplanning.org/plans-a...
Join us for a brief history of Civic Center with local expert Jim Haas. A panel discussion will follow led by Project for Public Spaces’ Senior Vice President Ethan Kent and featuring Mary McCue of MJM Management and Tyrone Mullins of Green Streets. This dialogue will showcase best practices for improving and managing public spaces by examining case studies from around the country. Examples from Detroit, New York, Seattle, and Los Angeles as well as San Francisco will be presented in order to discuss topics including best practices for activation, stewardship, and stakeholder engagement in public spaces that serve many different populations.
Join us for a brief history of Civic Center with local expert Jim Haas, and a panel discussion about its future.
Happening in Barcelona:
"In the latest attempt from a big city to move away from car hegemony, Barcelona has ambitious plans. Currently faced with excessive pollution and noise levels, the city has come up with a new mobility plan to reduce traffic by 21%. And it comes with something extra: freeing up nearly 60% of streets currently used by cars to turn them into so-called “citizen spaces”. The plan is based around the idea of superilles (superblocks) – mini neighbourhoods around which traffic will flow, and in which spaces will be repurposed to “fill our city with life”, as its tagline says."
The Catalan capital’s radical new strategy will restrict traffic to a number of big roads, drastically reducing pollution and turning secondary streets into ‘citizen spaces’ for culture, leisure and the community
Ccars will be banned from central Oslo by 2019, the first comprehensive and permanent ban for a European capital, according to local politicians. Under the new plans, the city council will build at least 60 kilometers of bicycle lanes by 2019, the date of the next municipal elections, and provide a “massive boost” of investment in public transport.
"The push to divert private cars off of congested central Market Street will accelerate in August when drivers traveling between Eighth and Third streets will no longer be able to turn onto the main thoroughfare ... The changes will reduce traffic volumes on Market Street by 30 to 50 percent, according to the SFMTA. Recent traffic studies have counted 970 private vehicles on Market Street at peak rush hour, between 4 and 6 p.m."
The push to divert private cars off of congested central Market Street will accelerate in August when drivers traveling between Eighth and Third streets will no longer be able to turn onto the main thoroughfare. On Tuesday, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency Board of Directors is expected to approve a package of simple changes...
The Exploratorium, San Francisco’s innovative museum of science and more, is taking its unique approach to learning onto the streets—specifically, onto Market Street, San Francisco’s central boulevard. The City of San Francisco is giving us the opportunity, via its new Living Innovation Zone initiative, to build something exciting on the city sidewalks.
Help the Exploratorium create the City of San Francisco's first Living Innovation Zone, a public space experiment and community benefit project on Market St.