A pleasant narrow street in Tokyo.

A Narrow Streets Primer

This is a guest post by Andrew Price. It originally appearedĀ on his blog. I love narrow streets, they are an essential part of making a city feel warm, inviting, and most importantly, human-scale. American traffic engineers will hate me. Most of them believe in building cities around cars and that every street should be a highway. Here is downtown Fort… Read more →

A fire truck operates on a narrow street in Austria.

Fire Trucks That Fit

The SF Fire Department is an advocate for wide streets. This is reflected both in their public statements and in the SF Fire Code, which mandates a minimum street width of 26 feet to accommodate the Department’s trucks. More recently Supervisor Scott Wiener has been pushing back on that position. Early last year he called on the Department to replace… Read more →

A couple walks down a narrow residential street in Amsterdam. Photo by Dylan Passmore.

Narrow Streets Around the World, Vol. 1

We’re exploring the idea that San Francisco could function well if the majority of its streets were much narrower — essentially converting today’s sidewalks into traditional narrow streets, and re-using the pavement in between as buildable space for new houses and shops. In this post we’ll travel the world for some inspiration as to how the finished product might look… Read more →

Steiner re-imagined as a one-way narrow street, approximately 15-20 feet wide. There's no need for a segregated sidewalk since this is a Place For People where traffic moves slowly. On-street parking has been removed.

Narrowing Around a Park – Alamo Square

If we’re going to imagine a future San Francisco that primarily consists of narrow streets for people, then we need a way to begin visualizing it. I want to start with a partial mock-up of Alamo Square, which along with Divisadero Street is the main public gathering place in my neighborhood. This is Steiner Street between Hayes and Grove as… Read more →