Industrial mixed-use streets serve a changing mix of land uses

Mixed-use streets such as those in SoMa or Showplace Square serve a variety of low-intensity industrial uses, as well as a growing number of residences, shops, and services. Their use and character are in a state of constant change, and streets must reflect this changing character and serve a variety of needs. Mixed use streets are often wide streets, with high volumes of fast-moving traffic.

Streetscape treatments should include landscaping, pedestrian safety elements, public space uses, and other amenities to complement current and future land use.


Folsom Street as an example of a mixed-use streetFolsom Street Typical Mixed-Use Street SectionTypical Mixed Use Street Section



  • Access needs for local businesses, including loading activities and heavy trucks
  • High volume and speed of through traffic
  • Need for increased public open space
  • Need for improved pedestrian buffering from through traffic
  • Need for flexibility to accommodate changing uses

Additional Guidelines

  • Tree grates, pedestrian lighting, special paving in the furnishings zone and site furnishings should be considered in high pedestrian volume areas, or where capital and maintenance budgets allow.
  • For specific stormwater control measures, see Stormwater Overview.


Standard Improvements

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Case by Case Additions

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Perpendicular or Angled Parking9. Perpendicular or Angled Parking


Typical Mixed-Use Street PlanTypical Mixed Use Street Plan (See above for Case by Case Additions)