Pedestrian Experience

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Complete Streets Act to Hit the State Senate Floor

Finally — the Complete Streets Act (AB 1358), first introduced in February 2007 and then later held in the Senate Appropriations Committee, has been reintroduced and will go before the full California State Senate next week (week of August 4, 2008). The bill was authored by San Francisco Assemblymember and presumptive 3rd District Senator Mark … Continue reading

Reclaiming Market Street

Whatever you might happen to think about San Francisco’s District 6 Supervisor Chris Daly, we should at least thank him for reigniting the conversation about closing off Market Street to cars, specifically the over two mile stretch between The Embarcadero and Octavia Boulevard in Hayes Valley. This comes fast on the heels of plans to … Continue reading

On Walkability, Density, and Transit Villages

It’s official: according to the rankings, San Francisco has been determined to be America’s most walkable city, as reported by the Chronicle. Our fair city’s score of 86 out of 100 just edged out New York’s 83, Boston’s 79, Chicago’s 76, and Philadelphia’s 74. The WalkScore algorithm does have some shortcomings (which the site … Continue reading

Better Streets for the Mission District

Courtesy SF Planning Dept. San Francisco is arguably one of America’s most walkable cities, with its dense, lively downtown complemented by a multitude of compact, bustling commercial districts that provide pleasant strolling experiences. But it also has its fair share of boulevards, like outer Geary and 19th Avenue, whose designs are rigged to maximize automotive … Continue reading

What’s Your Walk Score?

One of the themes I hope to discuss in this blog is how to improve the pedestrian experience. Above all, we should design our neighborhoods so that they are conducive to walking and use of public transit, rather than increasing convenience for automobiles. Walking and public transit are flip sides of the same coin, and … Continue reading


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