Mayor London Breed Visits Friday Market & Bazaar
The new Friday Farmers Market & Bazaar is garnering praise and a steady stream of visitors. T he only Friday farmers market in San Francisco, UN Plaza has been without a Friday market since the 1980s -- and this new and expanded market has a big fan: Mayor London Breed. 

During her visit to the market in August she noted, "I want this to be permanent; my goal is to make this permanent."

Open every Friday, 7am to 4pm, the Heart of the City Farmers Market vendors are joined by over 15 local artisan vendors from the Gift Gallery, SF Etsy and Square. The expanded Friday Farmers Market & Bazaar, which started June 7, also features food trucks and stalls, a rotation of free DIY activities at noon, lawn games and picnic tables for dining and hanging out with friends, family and co-workers. It's a great way to start the weekend!

See photos of the events on the Civic Center Initiative Flickr page; and if interested in sponsoring Civic Center events, learn more on the sponsorship page.

Famous Muralist's New Mega Mural & His Notice of the Dedication of the CCCBD Clean Team

A new mural taking shape on the side of 22 Franklin from the anonymous street artist known as BiP. From the artist's perch above Franklin Street, he noticed the dedication of the CCCBD Clean Team at work, and invited them to his work in progress; the Clean Team was able to visit the artist and see the mural close up in September.

Of the mural, BiP noted on his Instagram, " I just want to hit you with something really ground-breaking for the time it can exist."

Fun and games at the 1st Sundays Block Party
1st Sundays Block Party Series Continues
Civic Center Initiative's popular, family-friendly block parties continued on Fulton Street; featuring food, music, games, craft vendors, a book sale, a climbing wall, free DIY activities and more -- this event continues to pair nicely with the Heart of the City Farmers Market and the Asian Art Museum's Free First Sundays. Catch the last one of the season on October 6! The season closer will feature pumpkins for decorating, a petting zoo, a pop-up ballet tent from the SF Ballet, in addition to all the usual fun and games!
Exploratorium's New Installation Encourages Connections

The new temporary installation "Middle Ground," from the Exploratorium opened August 13, and is "an exploration into human social interactions in the middle of San Francisco's vibrant Civic Center." Featuring various interactive elements, the installation encourages participants to think and interact with those around them in order to examine how we pull together or how we pull apart from one another. The installation will be up through June 2020.
Reclaiming Space to be Featured on Civic Center Buildings

Earlier this year, the San Francisco Arts Commission had "renowned photographer, Hulleah  Tsinhnahjinnie (Seminole-Muscogee-Navajo) photograph approximately 150 Native American community members in curated groupings of 3-5 individuals consisting of Native American leaders, professionals, and youth on top of the empty plinth where the Early Days statue stood for over one hundred years," now as part of "Reclaiming Space: Projected Portraits of the American Indian Community," these photos will be projected onto the Asian Art Museum and San Francisco Public Library Main Branch Building at dusk, October 4 through 11; and will be on view at the SFAC Main Gallery, October 4 through December 14.
Lunch Hour Dance Classes and Performances Return 

Starting in August, instructors from LINES Dance Center lead interactive pop-up performances in UN Plaza on Thursdays at 1pm. These 30-minute interactive performances featured a wide variety of dance and were a great accompaniment to the Off the Grid food trucks that park in UN Plaza on Tuesday and Thursdays, 11am-2pm. The classes are currently on a short hiatus and will return soon.
Oktoberfest in Civic Center: Every Friday in Oct.
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Turf Soccer Fields Kicked into Fall 

The turf soccer fields brought to Fulton Street by San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department and Street Soccer USA, kicked their way into fall with continued drop-in and league play through September 24. The fields were initially only for summer, but their popularity kept them unrolled into fall -- now that' they're rolled up, look for the fields to re-turf Civic Center's Fulton Street next season.

Also, the SF Examiner featured a profile piece on the all-immigrant team that hit the turf fields this summer.
Forbes Notes Civic Center as Must-See San Francisco Stop

Forbes Magazine released a Top 10 List of places you have to see when visiting San Francisco, which includes Civic Center: "this  regal district is a cultural highlight."
Mayor London Breed Unveils New Plan to Help Those On the Street with Mental Health Issues

Mayor London Breed announced in early September an extensive plan to help those living on City streets who are suffering from mental health issues and substance abuse. In the press release, the Mayor's Office notes "The initial steps of the new initiative will provide enhanced care coordination, create a multi-agency pilot to streamline housing and health care for the most vulnerable, and increase access to behavioral health services by expanding hours of the City's Behavioral Health Access Center." The SF Department of Public Health declared there are approximately 4,000 people on San Francisco streets in need of mental health services and noted 230 cases that are being addressed immediately through coordinated care. The SFDPH will expand the program used to address the initial group for others in San Francisco over the coming months.

Board of Supervisors Support  Street-Level Drug Dealing Task Force
Also in September, the Board of Supervisors unanimously passed an ordinance to create a Street-Level Drug Dealing Task Force, proposed by District 6 Supervisor Matt Haney. Focused on the Civic Center, Mid Market, SOMA and Tenderloin areas, "the resolution would require the San Francisco Department of Public Health to present a comprehensive emergency plan to improve street level crisis response; increase access to Narcan [and] expand street outreach," among other elements. 
Kenyatta A. C. Hinkle
Maya Angelou Statue Coming to Steps of the Main Branch of the SFPL 

In 2018 the San Francisco Board of Supervisors approved the Women's Recognition Public Art Fund  - an ordinance requiring 30% of all public art in the City to represent women - with the goal of 50%. At the time of passing the ordinance, of the 87 statues in San Francisco only three depicted non-fictional women. As part of this effort to expand the presence of influential women through permanent art pieces, the first statue approved for the steps for the San Francisco Main Library will depict  poet and civil rights activist  Dr. Maya Angelou. 

The San Francisco Arts Commission displayed the beautiful renderings of the three finalists' works at the library and on their site:  Jules Arthur Kenyatta A. C. Hinkle , and  Lava ThomasWhich work will grace the steps of the San Francisco Public Library Branch has yet to be announced. 
BART Stations are Getting Cleaner, Especially Elevators, Passenger Survey Says

The elevator attendant pilot program at the Civic Center and Powell stations is working -overall, passengers say the stations are getting cleaner, but the biggest jump is elevators: " Elevators, which have frequently been used as restrooms, were rated good or excellent by 58.8% of passengers surveyed, compared to 42.8% the same quarter of 2018."
UN Plaza Fountain Closed, Art in the Works for Plywood Barrier

The UN Plaza Fountain is closed for a year as the San Francisco Department of Public Works addresses issues related to fountain drainage. During the construction, a plywood barricade has been erected around the fountain. To make the space more inviting during the repairs, the CCCBD is teaming up with the Mid Market Community Benefit District  to bring a large-scale artwork to the plywood barricade.
Nob Hill Gazette Looks at Civic Center 

In a recent edition of the Nob Hill Gazette they profile CCCBD Board Member and Civic Center expert Jim Haas, talking about the changes Civic Center has gone through in the last 100+ years, and his new book documenting these changes and plans for the future:  The San Francisco Civic Center: A History of the Design, Controversies, and Realization of a City Beautiful Masterpiece.
Better Market Street Open House Looks at New Section of Market 
Better Market Street hosted another public open house events in August to expand on the plans for Market Street between Van Ness and Octavia.The organization noted that a main focus would be to provide better pedestrian and cyclist safety, with better marked crosswalks, protected bike lanes and new loading zones on side streets for commercial vehicles during peak commute hours. The initial plans also calls for a ban on private vehicles on Market Street, including ride hailing cars. Construction on Phase 1 begins 2020.

PLEASE NOTE: If you have questions or concerns about this project or its upcoming construction impacts, please contact Cristina C. Olea, PE; Better Market Street Project Manager: [email protected].
The Hub Plan Reaches Up

In the midst of expanding its height limit in the 84-acre area dubbed The Hub, this new height allowance would peak at  650 feet at  1 South Van Ness Avenue. If plans for the new height allowance are seen through, SocketSite notes, "the plan would allow for up to 8,100 new residential units, with room for around 15,700 new residents to rise within the boundaries of the Hub District."

The SF Chronicle also notes the final Hub plans likely won't be approved until March, but if the full scope of plans is approved, "The Hub plan could help other projects that have not gone forward because of escalating construction costs."
Construction for 1554 Market St. Moves Forward

Z&L Properties received a nearly $77 million loan in July to develop the project for 1554 Market St. When completed it will feature " two 12-story buildings connected by a concrete corridor with the residential units situated above a ground-floor lobby and 5,010 square feet of retail space. There will also be a 28-space underground parking garage." The completion date is slated for 2021.
Guide to the New High Rises of SF

Among CurbedSF's high rise map is 1500 Market St.,the site of the former Goodwill, estimated to be completed in March 2020, it will feature, 550 luxury apartments (with 20% permanently marked for low-income households,) as well as 460,000-square-foot office building that will be the new home of the San Francisco Planning and Public Works Departments. 
UC Hastings Notes Construction Progress

Adjacent to the District,  UC Hastings notes the  new building at 333 Golden Gate -- connected to 200 McAllister by the Dining Commons patio/quad and skybridge -- is expected to be completed in early 2020. 
New SFTMA Muni Line on Van Ness to Chase Center

There are two, new Muni  lines running to the Chase Center during event days as of September, one of which runs along the Van Ness corridor: "[the line] will begin running approximately 2.5 hours before the start of any Chase Center event and for 30 minutes after events."
Van Ness 
Improvement Project

The third quarter of 2019 saw continued work on various utility elements along Van Ness, such as sewer and water main installation, sidewalk replacement, restoring the street base, paving, installing a joint-utility trench, installing light poles and street light conduits. The improvement project is projected to be completed in 2020.

For more information on the project, check out the informational  video, and visit the SFMTA site.
SFGate shares the secrets of San Francisco buildings, which includes the whispering gallery at City Hall's rotunda. 

Eater SF shares 18 classic restaurants that everyone should visit, which includes District favorite Hayes Street Grill.

New lunch menu debuts at August (1) Five.

CBD's Clean Team at work
The CCCBD Clean Team removes graffiti from Van Ness

CBD Community Ambassador at work
Medical assistance with CCCBD staff the first to report
We love the fresh facade at 10 UN Plaza