After 10 years, the Better Market Street plan to eliminate all private vehicles—including Ubers and Lyfts—and add new sidewalks, bike lines, and more light-rails has finally got the green light.
Plus, Baby Rave is the place to be seen; a 2,175 pound Bay Area pumpkin sets a California record; angry neighbors barricade an Ingleside alley; and more Bay Area headlines you might have missed this week.
Want in at the Bay Area's hottest dance party? You'll need to bring a baby, Los Angeles Times
With strobe lights, a DJ, space for 150 babies and parentals, and $7 tickets that sell out in minutes, Oakland's monthly Baby Rave might just be the Bay's best—and most exclusive—party. Read more.
A Decade On, 'Better Market Street' Plan Gets Final Approval, Vehicle Ban Made Permanent, SFist
On Tuesday, SFMTA's plan to make the lower half of Market Street private vehicle free—or as Gavin Newsom once said "The Champs-Elysée of the West—became a reality. While the transit will stay, expect endless improvements over the next six years for a more pedestrian and biker friendly street. Read more.
Huge pumpkin weighing 2,175 pounds sets California record in Half Moon Bay, SF Chronicle
Two-time winner of the Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh Off, Leondardo Urena of Napa, officially holds the record for largest pumpkin ever in California. Urena's secret to success? Telling his pumpkins he's proud of them. Read more.
Plywood wall erected to keep homeless out of excrement-plagued SF alley, SF Gate
Just weeks after Clinton Park residents placed boulders on the sidewalk to prevent tent camping, neighbors of a pedestrian walkway that was allegedly used as a toilet and for drug deals, also known as "Ingleside Path," built a plywood wall to keep people out. Read more.
Thirty years after Loma Prieta, is San Francisco ready for the next 'big one?'SF Examiner
Almost exactly 30 years to the day after the 6.9 magnitude earthquake, the Bay was hit with a series of quakes. While they weren't the "big one," the city's expected to face one of 6.7 magnitude or higher by 2043. Read more.