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The City's Next Wave of Major Streetscape Improvements

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Notice a plethora of construction work on city streets lately? Well, get ready for more. San Francisco's streets are about to get prettier with the upcoming implementation of twenty streetscape improvement projects covering nearly every part of town from the Wharf to the Outer Sunset. Thanks in large part to the 2011 Road Repaving and Street Safety Bond, these projects should help make neighborhood commercial corridors and many major thoroughfares greener, safer places to walk and bike. Here now, a map of the projects complete with renderings. Know of any other beautification projects that didn't make our list? Drop us a line or let us know in the comments.
UPDATE: We've published a more recent map that you can see here.


- Dylan Pilaar

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1. Castro Streetscape Improvement

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18th Street & Castro Street
San Francisco, CA 94114

Castro Street between Market and 19th will benefit from wider sidewalks, new lighting, more trees and even an "LGBT walk of fame." Look forward to seeing these improvements implemented over the next two years.

2. Taraval Streetscape Improvement

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Taraval Street & 47th Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94116

To remind users of Taraval's ocean-adjacent location, SFDPW plans to introduce palm trees and blue crosswalks between 48th and 46th avenues, as well as a beach-inspired art installation where the street meets the Great Highway.

3. Better Market Street

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Better Market Street is a massive $350 Million+ undertaking that will radically alter the way Market Street looks and operates between the Embarcadero and Octavia Street.

4. McCoppin Hub Project

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Valencia Street & McCoppin Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

A currently underused dead end at McCoppin street will be transformed into a palm lined plaza. Meanwhile, the alleys in the area will get quality paving, and better landscaping.

5. Cesar Chavez Streetscape Project

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Cesar Chavez Street & South Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94110

Mission District residents are no doubt familiar with the sound of jackhammers and construction equipment tearing up Cesar Chavez. But fear not! When all is said and done, the street will be reduced from three lanes in each direction to two with bike lanes, and a landscaped median will be added to bring life to the grey expanse of concrete and asphalt.

6. Barlett Mercado Plaza

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22nd Street & Bartlett Street
San Francisco, CA 94110

Motorists will have limited access to Barlett Street between 22nd and 21st to make way for a more flexible space that can better accomodate the farmer's market, dubbed the "Mercado Plaza."

7. Masonic Streetscape Improvement

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Fulton Street & Masonic Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94117

The SFMTA will remove parking and add a landscaped median and cycletrack to what is currently a rather drab (not to mention dangerous) street for pedestrians and cyclists. The project has funding and will move forward in phases over the next two to three years.

8. Second Street Improvement Project

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2nd Street & Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94105

Bikers rejoice! Second Street is scheduled to get fully separated bike lanes among other safety improvements. New, more visible crosswalks and bus boarding islands are also part of plan, which should be implemented by 2016.

9. Balboa Streetscape Improvement

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Balboa Street & 36th Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94121

Come the end of the summer, Balboa Street will be torn up to make way for pedestrian bulbouts, new lighting, greenery and even a fancy neighborhood gateway sign.

10. Laurel Village Improvements

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California Street & Locust Street
San Francisco, CA 94118

Little information has been released about the planned improvements for Laurel Village, but the project has funding from the 2011 Streets Bond. Expect the improvements to be completed by 2017.

11. Irving Streetscape Improvement

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22nd Avenue & Irving Street
San Francisco, CA 94122

Irving between 19th and 26th avenues isn't exactly the most inviting street in the city, but hopefully that'll change with $3M in improvements planned for the sunset commercial corridor. Design details are scarce, but will be announced as the project moves forward.

12. Mansell Corridor Improvements

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Mansell Street & John F Shelley Drive
San Francisco, CA 94134

According to SFDPW's plans, Mansell will be transformed from an underused stretch of road to a walking and biking paradise with improved trails, lighting and signage. No word yet on when the project is set to be completed.

13. Point Lobos Streetscape Project

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Point Lobos Avenue & 47th Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94121

A new planted median will be added to Point Lobos Avenue between 42nd and 48th Avenues to liven up the drab stretch of road that connects Richmond residents to Lands End.

14. Haight Street Public Realm Plan

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Haight Street & Ashbury Street
San Francisco, CA 94117

The city hopes to spruce up Haight Street with better lighting, more art and new landscaping in time for the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love in 2017. The exact details of the plan have not been finalized.

15. Folsom Streetscape Improvement

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Folsom Street & 21st Street
San Francisco, CA 94110

The unnecessarily wide stretch of Folsom between 19th and Cesar Chavez will be repaved and reduced from four lanes to two. New Bike lanes and corner bulbouts should help make the tree lined boulevard a more pleasant place to bike and walk.

16. Potrero Streetscape Improvement

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Potrero Avenue & 22nd Street
San Francisco, CA 94110

By 2015, Potrero will get a major makeover that will improve pedestrian safety and beautify the stretch between 21st and 25th streets.

17. Broadway Chinatown Improvements

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Broadway & Stockton Street
San Francisco, CA 94133

Broadway from the tunnel to Columbus Avenue isn't exactly the most inviting street for pedestrians, and the city knows it. What's the remedy? New trees, lighting, sidewalk extensions and benches.

18. Jefferson Streetscape improvement

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Powell Street & Jefferson Street
San Francisco, CA 94133

Jefferson Street between Hyde and Jones has been radically transformed. Now the rest of the street is up for an extensive redesign at some point over the next decade. Expect similar changes to those implemented on the aforementioned blocks.

19. La Lengua Improvements

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Mission Street & Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA 94110

Traffic reconfigurations focused on cyclist and pedestrian safety, rain gardens, permeable paving in parking lanes and plazas, widened sidewalks and planted bulb-outs will be implemented as part of the SF PUC's recently announced plans for Valencia between Cesar Chavez and Mission.

20. Polk Streetscape Improvement

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Polk
San Francisco, CA

$3M will be spent on making Polk between McAllister and Union a safer, more attractive place to walk, bike, and do business. Though plans for fully separated bike lanes appear to have evaporated due to merchant concerns over parking availability, the project should still make the street a more inviting place for everyone who uses it. Improvements should be implemented over the next two to three years.

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1. Castro Streetscape Improvement

18th Street & Castro Street, San Francisco, CA 94114

Castro Street between Market and 19th will benefit from wider sidewalks, new lighting, more trees and even an "LGBT walk of fame." Look forward to seeing these improvements implemented over the next two years.

18th Street & Castro Street
San Francisco, CA 94114

2. Taraval Streetscape Improvement

Taraval Street & 47th Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94116

To remind users of Taraval's ocean-adjacent location, SFDPW plans to introduce palm trees and blue crosswalks between 48th and 46th avenues, as well as a beach-inspired art installation where the street meets the Great Highway.

Taraval Street & 47th Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94116

3. Better Market Street

San Francisco, CA 94105

Better Market Street is a massive $350 Million+ undertaking that will radically alter the way Market Street looks and operates between the Embarcadero and Octavia Street.

4. McCoppin Hub Project

Valencia Street & McCoppin Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

A currently underused dead end at McCoppin street will be transformed into a palm lined plaza. Meanwhile, the alleys in the area will get quality paving, and better landscaping.

Valencia Street & McCoppin Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

5. Cesar Chavez Streetscape Project

Cesar Chavez Street & South Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94110

Mission District residents are no doubt familiar with the sound of jackhammers and construction equipment tearing up Cesar Chavez. But fear not! When all is said and done, the street will be reduced from three lanes in each direction to two with bike lanes, and a landscaped median will be added to bring life to the grey expanse of concrete and asphalt.

Cesar Chavez Street & South Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94110

6. Barlett Mercado Plaza

22nd Street & Bartlett Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

Motorists will have limited access to Barlett Street between 22nd and 21st to make way for a more flexible space that can better accomodate the farmer's market, dubbed the "Mercado Plaza."

22nd Street & Bartlett Street
San Francisco, CA 94110

7. Masonic Streetscape Improvement

Fulton Street & Masonic Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94117

The SFMTA will remove parking and add a landscaped median and cycletrack to what is currently a rather drab (not to mention dangerous) street for pedestrians and cyclists. The project has funding and will move forward in phases over the next two to three years.

Fulton Street & Masonic Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94117

8. Second Street Improvement Project

2nd Street & Howard Street, San Francisco, CA 94105

Bikers rejoice! Second Street is scheduled to get fully separated bike lanes among other safety improvements. New, more visible crosswalks and bus boarding islands are also part of plan, which should be implemented by 2016.

2nd Street & Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94105

9. Balboa Streetscape Improvement

Balboa Street & 36th Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94121

Come the end of the summer, Balboa Street will be torn up to make way for pedestrian bulbouts, new lighting, greenery and even a fancy neighborhood gateway sign.

Balboa Street & 36th Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94121

10. Laurel Village Improvements

California Street & Locust Street, San Francisco, CA 94118

Little information has been released about the planned improvements for Laurel Village, but the project has funding from the 2011 Streets Bond. Expect the improvements to be completed by 2017.

California Street & Locust Street
San Francisco, CA 94118

11. Irving Streetscape Improvement

22nd Avenue & Irving Street, San Francisco, CA 94122

Irving between 19th and 26th avenues isn't exactly the most inviting street in the city, but hopefully that'll change with $3M in improvements planned for the sunset commercial corridor. Design details are scarce, but will be announced as the project moves forward.

22nd Avenue & Irving Street
San Francisco, CA 94122

12. Mansell Corridor Improvements

Mansell Street & John F Shelley Drive, San Francisco, CA 94134

According to SFDPW's plans, Mansell will be transformed from an underused stretch of road to a walking and biking paradise with improved trails, lighting and signage. No word yet on when the project is set to be completed.

Mansell Street & John F Shelley Drive
San Francisco, CA 94134

13. Point Lobos Streetscape Project

Point Lobos Avenue & 47th Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94121

A new planted median will be added to Point Lobos Avenue between 42nd and 48th Avenues to liven up the drab stretch of road that connects Richmond residents to Lands End.

Point Lobos Avenue & 47th Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94121

14. Haight Street Public Realm Plan

Haight Street & Ashbury Street, San Francisco, CA 94117

The city hopes to spruce up Haight Street with better lighting, more art and new landscaping in time for the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love in 2017. The exact details of the plan have not been finalized.

Haight Street & Ashbury Street
San Francisco, CA 94117

15. Folsom Streetscape Improvement

Folsom Street & 21st Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

The unnecessarily wide stretch of Folsom between 19th and Cesar Chavez will be repaved and reduced from four lanes to two. New Bike lanes and corner bulbouts should help make the tree lined boulevard a more pleasant place to bike and walk.

Folsom Street & 21st Street
San Francisco, CA 94110

16. Potrero Streetscape Improvement

Potrero Avenue & 22nd Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

By 2015, Potrero will get a major makeover that will improve pedestrian safety and beautify the stretch between 21st and 25th streets.

Potrero Avenue & 22nd Street
San Francisco, CA 94110

17. Broadway Chinatown Improvements

Broadway & Stockton Street, San Francisco, CA 94133

Broadway from the tunnel to Columbus Avenue isn't exactly the most inviting street for pedestrians, and the city knows it. What's the remedy? New trees, lighting, sidewalk extensions and benches.

Broadway & Stockton Street
San Francisco, CA 94133

18. Jefferson Streetscape improvement

Powell Street & Jefferson Street, San Francisco, CA 94133

Jefferson Street between Hyde and Jones has been radically transformed. Now the rest of the street is up for an extensive redesign at some point over the next decade. Expect similar changes to those implemented on the aforementioned blocks.

Powell Street & Jefferson Street
San Francisco, CA 94133

19. La Lengua Improvements

Mission Street & Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

Traffic reconfigurations focused on cyclist and pedestrian safety, rain gardens, permeable paving in parking lanes and plazas, widened sidewalks and planted bulb-outs will be implemented as part of the SF PUC's recently announced plans for Valencia between Cesar Chavez and Mission.

Mission Street & Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA 94110

20. Polk Streetscape Improvement

Polk, San Francisco, CA

$3M will be spent on making Polk between McAllister and Union a safer, more attractive place to walk, bike, and do business. Though plans for fully separated bike lanes appear to have evaporated due to merchant concerns over parking availability, the project should still make the street a more inviting place for everyone who uses it. Improvements should be implemented over the next two to three years.

Polk
San Francisco, CA