As part of a larger plan to redesign San Francisco’s main street, the city’s planning department has partnered with Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) and The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to produce the Market Street Prototyping Festival, seeking ideas to help reshape 36 blocks of the city’s central corridor.

Ideas to redesign the area will be accepted through July 3. Up to 50 proposals will receive $2,000 each to build a prototype of their idea, which will be showcased at the festival on Market Street from October 2 – 4, 2014.

Any individual, business or nonprofit can submit a proposal. The only requirement is that the idea should aim to improve public spaces in a way that engages the community and encourages them to think differently about the city’s streets and squares.

A kickoff event for the Festival will be held on June 17 from 6pm to 8pm at YBCA. Registration for the event is free.

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