Market Street is a major street in San Francisco, beginning at The Embarcadero and finishing in the southwestern quadrant of San Francisco. Market Street's role as an axis is enhanced by its position at the boundary of two street grids. Market Street is a major transit artery for the city of San Francisco, and has carried horse-drawn streetcars, cable cars, electric streetcars, electric trolleybuses and diesel buses. Cars of the San Francisco cable car system terminate to the side of the street at the intersections with California Street and Powell Street. It’s been described as San Francisco's Fifth Avenue and Champs-Élysées. Originally established in 1843, it took presumably its name after Market Street in either Philadelphia or Baltimore. This street took its present direction because it was laid out parallel to Mission Street.
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