In the 15 months since it opened, San Francisco’s Octavia Boulevard has been hailed as a model for other cities. It has been honored at the local and national level, including an award last month from the American Planning Association.

But here’s the real measure of success: The thoroughfare that replaced the elevated Central Freeway feels like it belongs. It’s not perfect, but it keeps cars moving while making the neighborhood around it a better place to be.

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