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Shifting Buses from Mission is Bad Idea for Reviving Market Street

Randy Shawbyline‚ Feb. 06‚ 2013

The San Francisco Chronicle has reported on a new idea that would shift Mission Street buses to Market Street while turning the former into the chief bicycle thoroughfare connecting to downtown. While this plan makes sense for the Hearst Corporation/Forest City’s new development plans for Mission Street between 5th and 6th, it would replace a potential “Better” Market Street filled with sidewalk cafes and bicyclists to one where Market is clogged with buses. It would make Market Street less desirable to pedestrians than it is now, effectively turning the $350 million set aside for the Better Market Street project into one whose chief benefits accrue to property owners and businesses on Mission.