This has become a new tradition in San Francisco. The construction of the new Central Subway has made Stockton Street between Market Street and Union Square an eyesore. It’s usually fenced off. Cars can’t drive through and pedestrians squeeze past one another on the narrow sidewalk on their way from the Levi’s Store to the Apple Store.
During the holidays, something special happens. The construction magically disappears. The artificial grass and seats create a peaceful space. People smile more and I think the sun shines a little brighter on this block.
This was fenced in just a few short weeks ago. But, the Pedestrian Plaza is coming back. Lots of locals are proposing to make it permanent and year-round. We’ll see. Subway construction will continue for a couple more years. We’ll definitely have this oasis for a little longer.