Sunday Streets Is Back

By Sajid Farooq
|  Friday, Sep 17, 2010  |  Updated 4:45 PM PDT
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Sunday Streets Is Back

Josh Keppel

Emily Balistrieri holds up a stop sign so cars can safely make it through the masses. Balistrieri is a SF Bike Coalition volunteer and this was the first time she volunteered for Sunday Streets.

One of the coolest parties in the City will come to one of the cooler neighborhoods for the first time.

Sunday Streets returns to San Francisco this Sunday in a new location. The Western Addition will close its streets from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. for the outdoor party.

For five hours the gritty neighborhood -- filled with coffee shops, restaurants and the occasional park seen on television -- will become a pedestrian utopia. Cars will be turned away for a morning of games, food and healthy activities.

The program returned this year for the third time with nine dates and longer hours  than previous years. Mayor Gavin Newsom said he hopes the party to become a permanent fixture in the City.

The City has tried to expand the street closures into new communities and continue them along routes in the Fisherman’s Wharf/Embarcadero area, Bayview, Mission and Outer Sunset/Great Highway neighborhoods.

The City's first Sunday Streets event cost $140,000 and last year officials tried to get sponsors to cover the expenses.
 

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