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Chinatown Broadway Street Design

Status: Completed

Broadway in Chinatown is one of the most recognizable districts in the city. The planning phase of the project concluded in Spring 2012 with the publication of the Chinatown Broadway Street Design report. The construction phase of the project was completed in July 2018. For more information, visit San Francisco Public Works' Broadway Chinatown Streetscape Improvement Project page.

An interagency effort with San Francisco Planning, Chinatown Community Development Center, San Francisco Public Works and San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, the Chinatown Broadway Street Design:

  • developed a community-based vision to improve pedestrian conditions; and
  • developed a public realm design plan inspired by the unique history of the neighborhood.

Background Information

The 1994 Broadway Envisioning Study outlined a vision for streetscape improvements along Broadway. In 1999, the Broadway Streetscape Improvement Plan formalized this vision through a series of community planning workshops. In collaboration with the Chinatown Community Development Center and the North Beach Chamber of Commerce, residents, merchants and other community groups outlined a vision and a plan to transform Broadway from the Embarcadero to Columbus Avenue from a highway to a destination. These recommendations have been implemented in phases as part of the Broadway Streetscape Improvement Project. The first phase, on Broadway between Montgomery and Battery Streets was completed in 2005 and the second phase on Broadway between Kearny Street and Grant Avenue was completed in 2008. A third phase, on Broadway between Montgomery and Kearny is currently under construction. Streetscape improvements include bulb-outs, sidewalk widening, curb ramp and storm drain installations, new benches and street lights, traffic and pedestrian signal lights, trees, and public art. The current planning process builds on the Broadway Streetscape Improvement Plan with a focus on pedestrian safety and activity on Broadway from Columbus Avenue to the Broadway Tunnel.


Workshop #1: Wednesday May 4, 2011
Workshop #2: Tuesday August 16, 2011
Workshop #3: Wednesday November 16, 2011
Final Open House: Wednesday June 6, 2012