The area around Van Ness/South Van Ness and Market Street was once upon a time known as the Hub "because no fewer than four streetcar lines converged there," according to a joint Planning Department, SFMTA, and Public Works plan for the the future of the block.
Though it's been one of the most visually boring and least intriguing neighborhoods in the city for many years now, its time will come again. Very soon, in fact, as up to 9,000 new homes are coming to those few blocks.
Which means that the city must reconsider how these streets work, as they're already a network of intertwining car, bus, bike, and pedestrian routes tying key neighborhoods together, albeit in ways that are at times graceless and terribly unhelpful.
The Hub Public Realm Plan lays out changes for nine major San Francisco streets plus X connecting SoMa alleyways to hopefully make way for thousands of new neighborhood residents. Note that these are characterized only as "proposals" at this point. Nevertheless, here's how some at City Hall see the new map for an old neighborhood:Read More