Best Street Closures - 2010
We're a city of street fairs. For decades, we've raised barricades, stationed cops, erected stages, and clogged sidewalks with truckloads of questionable merch. Turns out we're wasting everybody's time: Sunday Streets proves that all people want is for the city to close the streets, then step away from the planning table. Last year's Mission closures (huge swaths of 24th and Valencia streets) drew thousands to simply walk, paradelike, down the usually traffic-bombed corridors. We got to truly explore the flavor of the vibrant shopping areas. This year, the city has increased the number of Sunday Streets closures to nine days, and increased the hours to 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Mission closures (June 20 and July 11) are best for strolling and slow-biking; those looking for exercise should hit the Great Highway (Aug. 22). Oct. 24 brings a very special location we can't wait to see in the sober light of prenoon: the Tenderloin!