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Photo Source: San Jose/Guerrero Coalition to Save Our Streets

San Jose Avenue and Guerrero Street in San Francisco have been transformed over the years through the the efforts of the San Jose/Guerrero Coalition to Save Our Streets, which consists of numerous neighborhood stakeholders including local businesses, residents, advocacy groups for pedestrians and bicyclists, senior citizen groups and health organizations.

Plans to change the streets from auto-oriented speedways to more livable places involved engaging the community in English and Spanish to get feedback on how to accommodate everyones needs. Funding for the projects came from grants, such as one from San Francisco Beautiful, and neighborhood fundraising.

PPS helped conduct workshops in 2005-2006 to get community input on the best uses for the street and produced a final report. As a result, sidewalks have been widened, some traffic lanes omitted, bicycle lanes created and planted medians installed. The community took an active role in greening the medians (as pictured above).

The project has been so successful that the city asked the Coalition to extend street improvement coordination to other areas.

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