Temporary to Transformative: Ushering in a New Era for Streets

Lunchtime Forum


slow streets

While the pandemic brought much hardship, our response to the emergency also brought lessons about the resilience and flexibility of our cities, providing a window of opportunity to reexamine how streets serve us. Long contested thoroughfares became popular pedestrian promenades. Entire swaths of streets used only for parking were transformed into outdoor dining destinations. Even subtle shifts, such as the addition of barricades to selected intersections, were embraced with enthusiasm as a network of "slow streets" began to connect residential neighborhoods. These transformations offer a glimpse at a vision for streets that are untethered from our car-oriented past and better-suited for a more sustainable future. SPUR's new report examines the success of these programs and sets a path forward to integrate these efforts into a larger vision for reimagining our city streets. Come learn more about the report, its recommendations for San Francisco's streets and how it can be used as a model for other cities.

+ Leah Chambers / Outside Voices
+ Kristen Hall / Kristen Hall City Design
+ Nick Josefowitz / SPUR
+ Luke Spray / San Francisco Parks Alliance


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