Joy. Play. Whimsy. Those are words not often used to describe city planning and the associated public engagement it usually requires.
But with its Market Street Prototyping Festival, San Francisco inverted the traditional planning model and turned its main street into a canvas for testing ideas submitted by citizens.
The result, on display for three days in early April, was a collection of 52 passion projects up and down Market Street that the public could experience and play with.
Neil Hrushowy, program director with the City Design Group, led the effort for the City and County of San Francisco Planning Department.