San Francisco is putting many of its smaller streets to better use with a people-focus. As you can see from Will’s tweet, San Francisco has some cool lunchtime streets with cafes spilling into the right-of-way. Seattle already has great alleyways being used as public gathering spaces, art corridors, and even as street frontages and space for sidewalk cafes. Perhaps we can find more spaces here in our own backyard and take cues from cities like San Francisco.

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Stephen is a professional urban planner in Puget Sound with a passion for sustainable, livable, and diverse cities. He is especially interested in how policies, regulations, and programs can promote positive outcomes for communities. With stints in great cities like Bellingham and Cork, Stephen currently lives in Seattle. He primarily covers land use and transportation issues and has been with The Urbanist since 2014.