Discussions planned to transform dreary Market Street

Shutting down Market Street to automobile traffic, landscaping the iconic boulevard and adding benches and cafe tables, encouraging companies such as Twitter to move in — these are all ideas that are coming to fruition as San Francisco’s major traffic artery is transformed into a cosmopolitan promenade.

But there’s still a lot of work to be done before Market Street could ever be compared to, say, the Champs-Élysées.

So, beginning in May, Mayor Ed Lee and the people behind Better Market Street SF will be holding public meetings and “webinars” to “provide the community with project information and gather feedback on how to improve and reinvigorate Market Street.”

The first round of public meetings will be held Tuesday, May 17, at the Warfield, 982 Market St., from 6 to 8:30 p.m.; and Tuesday, May 24, at Hotel Whitcomb, 1231 Market St., from 6 to 8:30 p.m. The lunchtime webinars are scheduled for Thursday, May 19, from 12 to 1:00 p.m. and Wednesday, May 25, from 12 to 1:00 p.m.

“Market Street is our City’s most iconic street, a hub for commerce, culture and transportation that connects San Francisco’s businesses and neighborhoods,” Lee said in a statement Monday. “We want to ensure that Market Street continues to support San Francisco’s vibrant economy by showcasing what this incredible city has to offer, while moving more people along the corridor, efficiently and reliably.”

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