Apologies for the challenging read below, these are images from a PDF that's almost old enough to drink. Or old enough to
not drive. Bizarrely, somewhere along the way, page 7 was lost.
Writing in 2022, it's almost quaint to see how challenging it was to make changes to the streetscape in 2007. Of course, that was in Washington, DC where some of the land is owned by the city, some by the Feds. Since DC is (still) not a state, there's that tiny bit of potential for reduced bureaucracy, but the city digs its heels in hard and when I was trying to get Carfree Day off the ground back then, I had to meet with representatives from 24 different agencies. Yeow! Just to close a tiny section of the street to cars and open it to people! For a few hours!
No wonder I leapt at the chance to work with San Francisco's open streets program "Sunday Streets" which had (almost-) full municipal support. Too bad the program wasn't financially supported -- I basically lived off my savings to do that job.
Let's continue opening the streets to people more and more and more and more and more!