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Walking Market & Octavia's Living Spaces in San Francisco

Image by Amanda Loper, SPUR

Join veteran Peak2Peak and monthly members walk leader Eric Chase, and special guest, architect David Winslow, who now heads the San Francisco Planning Department’s design review program, to discover the heart of the city.

In 2008, with strong support from the Hayes Valley community, the City passed the Market & Octavia Neighborhood Plan to encourage growth with transit-first, pedestrian-friendly urban design — all for a neighborhood once shadowed by the Central Freeway.

See firsthand the rapid changes in Hayes Valley since the plan was first developed. There are thriving stores around a beloved and constantly bustling park, with many new buildings under construction. It’s definitely better for walking…though a number of pedestrian-unfriendly spots remain.

Make your way through the plan’s neighborhoods to check out the latest developments, and take advantage of an up-close view of a major urban planning effort coming to life. Learn about a ‘woonerf‘, which transformed what was once an unremarkable back street into a unique, welcoming and active “living alley” for people.

As you end the tour on this wonderful walk, enjoy an optional coffee at Blue Bottle or Ritual (Walk to Work Day’s most popular hub), an ice cream at Smitten, or bräts at Suppenküche’s Biergarten.

Explore the Market & Octavia Plan’s Living Spaces
Saturday, August 23
10 a.m. – noon
Review these tips before you RSVP (Update: Walk is now sold out, no additional RSVPs available):
  • Two mile, two hour walk; all flat/paved terrain (no stairs)
  • Wear closed-toe, comfortable shoes
  • Carry rain gear and sunhat as needed – we’ll go ahead rain or shine, barring high winds or dangerous weather
  • Bring sunblock, water, and personal snacks

NOTE: Walks are limited in size and typically sell out; RSVPs required.

Monthly walks are free for Walk SF members; $10 for non-members. Not yet a member? Join today.

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