How do you make a neighborhood walkable? Well, first you’ve got to provide places to walk. That’s what local developer Prado Group Inc. is doing, reports Mission Local. Prado, which is currently developing an 82-unit apartment complex at 2001 Market Street, is required to pay $450,000 in impact fees.
The project will include a Whole Foods supermarket at ground level, which is likely to increase both pedestrian and car traffic as people flock for pricey groceries.
Prado’s plan consists of what they’re calling bulb-outs, or sidewalk extensions with the purpose of forcing cars to make wider turns while simultaneously slowing down traffic and making pedestrians more visible. The design was created by the city’s planning department.
Of course, this being San Francisco, no plan will make everybody – or even most everybody – happy. Marius Starkey is one of these people. Starkey, who was previously on the board of a community advisory group that voted to strike down the plan, told Mission Local that Dolores Street should remain the same because it is part of a landmark road: El Camino Real.
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