Better Market Street

World class streets should be designed as high performance, sustainable infrastructure to improve the quality of life for humans as well as the greater environment. As San Francisco’s central boulevard, Market Street has the potential to illustrate how a socially vibrant, pedestrian and bike friendly street can lead to decreased vehicle use and greater economic vitality. Ultimately, three physical and programmatic alternatives for a reconfiguration of Market Street were proposed. Improvements will provide a safe, universally accessible, sustainable and enjoyable place to be that attracts more people on foot, bicycle and public transit to local shops, neighborhoods and area attractions.

client:
San Francisco County Transportation Authority
location:
San Francisco
city agencies:
SFDPW, SF Planning Department, SFPUC, SFMTA, SFOEWD
collaborators:
Perkins+Will, Gehl Architects, Parisi Associates, Nelson/Nygaard, Fehr & Peers, CirclePoint, Kate Keating Associates, CHS Consulting Group, Environmental Science Associates, Nevue Ngan, and Wilsey Ham
project area:
Market Street: Octavia to the Embarcadero
completed:
2013
Better Market Street
STREET LIFE ZONE: Mid-Market Node (Rendering for illustrative purposes only)
STREET LIFE: 3rd-4th Street Block (Rendering for illustrative purposes only)
STREET LIFE: Boarding Islands (Rendering for illustrative purposes only)
STREET LIFE: Financial District (Rendering for illustrative purposes only)
STREET LIFE: UN Plaza (Rendering for illustrative purposes only)
STREET LIFE: Between 9th-10th St. (Rendering for illustrative purposes only)
HALLIDIE PLAZA: Birdseye (Rendering for illustrative purposes only)
HALLIDIE PLAZA: Ground view (Rendering for illustrative purposes only)
HALLIDIE PLAZA: Ground view - canopy alternative (Rendering for illustrative purposes only)
UN PLAZA: Aerial toward City Hall (Rendering for illustrative purposes only)
UN PLAZA: Ground view (Rendering for illustrative purposes only)
Better Market Street