With up to 9,000 units of housing expected to be built within the boundaries of San Francisco’s burgeoning Hub District, which is off-centered around the intersection of Market Street and South Van Ness Avenue, the plan to guide the development of the neighborhood’s “Public Realm” (i.e., all the space between the buildings and towers) has been drafted.
The Draft Public Realm Plan sets forth the vision for how the neighborhood’s streets, alleys and open spaces could be designed, with specific recommendations for which streets, alleys and open spaces should be redesigned and a host of design strategies and examples.
Specific plans include a new 11th Street Bikeway between Market and Division and the integration of numerous other ongoing transportation and infrastructure projects.
And of course, there’s the complete overhaul of the intersection of Market Street and (South) Van Ness Avenue, the proposed framework for which includes a major widening of the sidewalks and more street trees, a further restriction of private vehicles on Market, separated bike lanes, easier and more integrated access to all modes of public transportation, and the proposed Oak Plaza.
And yes, there are plans for a fourth tower at that intersection as well.