This walking tour begins at the intersection of Market and Van Ness where we’ll briefly review transportation and land use politics in the area. Along the 2 1/2 hour walk, we will view the remaining elevated freeway, review the 1960s ‘freeway revolts” and the 1990s politics of freeway removal, discuss off-street parking policies and reform, and touch on some of the ongoing issues and concerns along the new Octavia Boulevard (including pedestrian safety, bicycle routes, transit improvements, and traffic calming). The tour ends at Patricia’s Green in Hayes Valley where once a double-deck elevated freeway ran overhead. There we will consider the relationship between gentrification, sustainable transport, and livability. Post tour options might include the adjacent Biergarten for Friday refreshments.
Jason Henderson, Professor, SF State University; Hayes Valley Neighborhood Association
Adam Gubser, Transportation Planner, SFMTA