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New Pedestrian-Friendly Whole Foods Coming to Dolores and Market in the Castro District

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By Brittany Doohan

In early March, a plan to add pedestrian safety improvements and a mini plaza at Market and Dolores streets in that Castro District was approved by the San Francisco Planning Commission, according to SF Streets Blog. This project will include new sidewalks as wide as 14 feet, refuges, greenery, benches and pavement treatments to highlight the crosswalks on Dolores Street between Market and 14th Streets.

This plan should improve pedestrian mobility and safety around the new Whole Foods and 85-unit apartment complex location (2001 Market Street). “The current design allows cars to whip around the corner quickly onto Dolores, endangering people who are crossing. Dolores itself is also a high-speed street, making conditions more dangerous for all users, since any collisions are made much more serious at higher vehicle speeds,” wrote Elizabeth Stampe, Walk SF Executive Director, in a letter to the Planning Commission.

Commissioners approved the plan with open arms, even though some people living in the area were opposed to it. According to SF Streets Blog, D8 Supervisor Scott Wiener likes the plan because it “appropriately balances pedestrian safety with traffic flow in the area. It’s a unique opportunity that we’re not [going to] have again to do this upgrade.”

Weiner said that they talk about improving pedestrian safety and creating livable streets in San Francisco quite often. “We have a lot of great plans for different parts of the city that are sitting on the shelf collecting dust because we usually don’t have the funding to actually implement them,” he said, according to SF Streets Blog.

What do you think about the new pedestrian-friendly Whole Foods plaza?

[Photos: Prado Group, Curbed SF]

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