Parking spaces temporarily removed for pedestrians

Pedestrians and shoppers in Union Square will have more room to roam during a pilot program.

Beginning Friday afternoon, the parking lanes on both sides of Powell Street between Geary and Ellis streets will be closed and turned into walkways for pedestrians, according to the Mayor’s Office. Planters will temporarily block off the two blocks of parking spaces, and donated holiday decorations will adorn the walkway.

The pilot project, which will run through Monday morning at 9 a.m., is part of the larger Better Market Street Program.

“This pilot project will create a festive and unique experience for holiday shoppers and tourists visiting the Union Square area,” Mayor Gavin Newsom said in a statement. “We hope this pilot makes our city more welcoming for shoppers and drives more business to our Union Square merchants.”

Bay Area NewsGovernment & PoliticsPoliticsUnder the Dome

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

Just Posted

President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden have taken different approaches to transit and infrastructure funding. <ins>(Yuri Gripas/Abaca Press/TNS)</ins>
Bay Area transit has big hopes for a Biden administration

The best chance for local agencies to get relief may be a change in federal leadership

BART Ambassadors are being called on to assist riders in social situations that don’t require police force. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)</ins>
Unarmed BART ambassadors program formalized with a focus on community service

Public safety and police reform are key elements in campaigns of Board members Dufty and Simon

San Francisco DJ and producer Jah Yzer livestreams most mornings from his home. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Roots & Tings build community through music

Lateef the Truthspeaker, Jah Yzer and Winstrong call for voting as a form of healing

Lee Vining and Inyo National Forest are excellent fall color tour destinations. (Matt Johanson/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Gold Rush: Go now to see Sierra fall color

Maples, oaks, dogwoods, aspens glow in the next few weeks

On Oct. 13, people lined up to vote early for the presidential election in Southlake, Texas. <ins>(Shutterstock)</ins>
<ins></ins>
Five things to watch for in the run-up to Nov. 3

Down-ballot races, as much as the presidency, will determine the future course of this nation

Most Read