Market Street in San Francisco Closed to Cars

The historic, car-free transformation of San Francisco's busiest street opens to the public today.

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January 29, 2020, 10:00 AM PST

By James Brasuell @CasualBrasuell


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Mayor London Breed takes to the Internet today to announce the arrival of a whole new Market Street in San Francisco.

Starting today, over 2 miles of Market Street will become car-free, a historic milestone in the history of San Francisco and in the world-wide movement to create more spaces that are made for people.

According to Breed, Market Street is the busiest street in the city, and it's taken decades of politics and planning to complete this transformation. The final clearance for today's big reveal came in October 2019—the culmination of the Better Market Street process, which invested $604 million to improve the public realm for all users of the street.

Jeffrey Tumlin, the recently hired executive director of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, was on the scene this morning to reveal the new Market Street, and it almost looks like a scene in Europe. 

The comments on a celebratory tweet from Mayor Breed, however, are typically American.

Wednesday, January 29, 2020 in London Breed via Medium

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