San Francisco’s Car-Free Market Street Makeover

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A frame from the 1906 film "A Trip Down Market Street Before the Fire." The movie was shot shortly before the April 18 earthquake and fire devastated much of the city.  (Library of Congress via YouTube)

Starting in January, San Francisco will ban private cars from Market Street as part of a major overhaul to make the city’s main thoroughfare safer for pedestrians, cyclists and public transit. The plan has taken a decade to approve. What can we expect Market Street to look like not just in six months, but fifteen years? We asked Dan Brekke, transportation editor for KQED News.

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