Sunday Streets coming to -- and staying in -- the Mission

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Sunday Streets is now a monthly event in the Mission District
Steven T. Jones

Sunday Streets – the once-controversial closure of streets to automobiles so they can be fully used by pedestrians, cyclists, and skaters, temporarily expanding the amount of open space in San Francisco – has become a popular monthly event and it rotates among neighborhoods around the city. And as the organizers prepare for this Sunday's event in the Mission, where its biggest and best incarnations are held, city officials today announced an expansion of the program: the Mission will now host Sunday Streets on the first weekend of each month through the summer.

“Sunday Streets really comes to life and realizes its full potential when it's in the Mission,” Ed Reiskin, executive director of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, said this morning at a press conference on the steps of City Hall.

The business community initially resisted the idea when it was proposed five years ago by Mayor Gavin Newsom and its chief sponsor, the nonprofit Livable City, concerned that customers would have a hard time getting to stores. But just the opposite has proven true as the popular events fill the streets with thousands of people.

“When Sunday Streets started, I know there was a little apprehension, we even felt it in the Mission,” Sup. David Campos, who represents the Mission. “But the neighborhood has come together to embrace the project.”

Mayor Ed Lee called the expansion of Sunday Streets “a great pilot program for San Francisco” and said that it represents “our openness to learning to use our streets differently.”

San Francisco was the third city in the country to hold these street closures – known as cicolvias in Bogota, Columbia, which pioneered the concept – following Portland, Ore. (the first, and one that we covered) and New York City. This Sunday's event runs from 11 am to 4 pm, mostly along Valencia and 24th streets.

Comments

forever. But now it seems the left has hijacked the concept and sees it as some revolutionary movement when, in turth, it's little more than an exercize in peddling bad entertainment and cheap food.

There's nothing wrong with the idea of a street fair but trying to make it sound like a political statement is a major stretch.

Posted by Anonymous on May. 04, 2012 @ 2:26 pm

i forgot to mention above that i am a bitter angry person with no friends and no life and i have obviously never been to sunday streets because it's obviously actually nothing like an ordinary street fair. i have never been to sunday streets because i spend my entire life in front of a computer lashing out at everything that i don't understand. i am a perfect example of everything that is wrong with this sad and broken country. i will continue to comment on virtually every post on SFBG no matter how simple or innocuous the post.

i have no life. i am miserable. i am angry. i am pathetic. thanks for letting me waste your time and for letting me bring just a little more sadness and bitterness into this world!

Posted by Anonymous on May. 08, 2012 @ 3:05 pm