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"Baby Steps" for a De-Car-ified Market Street

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Back we are to the car-free/car-restricted Market Street plan, which we noted a month and a half ago has reared its pedestrian-friendly head again now that such things have returned to vogue. The County Transportation Authority's analysis on traffic and "quality of life" under such a plan is set to be finished in three months. It'll look at both completely removing cars on Market from the Embarcadero to Van Ness, or just restricting them. More words from the politicos, then. Mayoral spokesman: "If it doesn't have a detrimental effect on businesses and is done the right way, then the mayor would be open to it." 'Course, there's the question of whether getting rid of cars would help the "unsavory" portion of Market between Fifth and Eighth. Supe Chris Daly: "If we're going to take cars off of Market Street, we're going to have to find a way to remake Market Street to make it more inviting." More Daly: "There's a growing momentum to restrict cars, but it will probably be done in baby steps." No need to brace for impact then?
· S.F. to study restricting cars on Market Street [SF Gate]
· Street Closures Galore: It's Market's Turn [Curbed SF]
· As IF the City Would Ban Cars From Market Street ... Right? [Curbed SF]