Better Market Street was supposed to be a once-in-a-generation undertaking, the kind of capital project that eventually defines a city. Think San Francisco’s Champs-Élysées.

Time and again, though, that transformational vision keeps getting diminished. Some of the changes stem from an effort to reel in the project’s estimated costs and protect businesses in the wake of the pandemic. Other changes hope rectify over a decade of promises made to the public by city officials who didn’t always take into account the practical implications.

Better or worse? SF scales back ambitions for Market Street makeover

A cyclist rides up Market Street past the shuttered World of Stereo on Thursday, July 15, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)

Better or worse? SF scales back ambitions for Market Street makeover

Safety measures for pedestrians on Market Street’s most dangerous intersections are part of the Better Market Street project. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)

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