1028 Market's Glowing Approval Raises Issues at the Heart of Development in the District

"Despite the lack of opposition, the 186-unit project took more than three years to get through the approval process. . . " Such is the crux of a J.K. Dineen SF Chronicle article that ran shortly after a glowing public hearing, which not only passed by a 7-0 vote, but also drew praise from a wide array of stakeholders for the 1028 Market development. In Q4 of 2016, we saw approvals for long delayed projects. Each of those projects were bogged down by appeals. Yet without appeals to face, 1028, which houses the interim use project, The Hall, has still taken considerable time to move forward. Beyond Chron piggy backed on the Dineen article, highlighting several projects which have moved slower than anticipated and thus, Beyond Chron posits, hurt retail in the District. You can learn more about The Hall as an interim use project by watching this engaging video. Thanks to all involved for working hard to activate, enliven and engage Market Street.

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Cleaning Guides work to properly dispose of needles and other debris before pressure washing and sanitizing sidewalks in the District.

A CMCBD Cleaning Guide responds to calls for graffiti removal in the District.

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Community Guides provide outreach to a group of people illegally ensconced on a sidewalk int he District. Guides connect those in need with services. Afterwards, Cleaning Guides make sure the area is cleaned.

Community Guides in Action

Community Guides provide outreach and work to connect those in need with services in the area. Here a man receives a referral to St. Anthony's Clothing Program. 


SF Chronicle Catches the "Lightrail"

A temporary exhibit above The Hall provides viewers with a sensory, virtual Market Street experience, one where beams of light transform the streetscape, capturing the imagination as subway trains glide below the surface. That's the vision for Lightrail, brought forth by Ben Davis, part of the visionary team that brought The Bay Lights to the Bay Bridge. You can learn more about the project, which has apparently received the nod form city agencies, and is looking to raise $10 Million to become a reality. Learn more about he project here. Read Chronicle Columnist Leah Garchick's take here.

New Legislation Hopes To Curb Speeding With ASE

In Quarter 1, California Assemblymember David Chiu joined with  San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), traffic injury victims, surviving family members, and other officials and advocates to announce the Safe Streets Act of 2017. This measure would amend the California Vehicle Code to authorize on a pilot basis the use of Automated Speed Enforcement (ASE) in both the City and County of San Francisco and the City of San Jose. The goal of the program is to address excessive speeding as a major factor in traffic injuries and deaths. Among the areas targeted for the pilot are Market and 7th Streets in the District. Read more about the legislation here.

Muni Escalators, Elevator Upgrades Continue In Quarter 1

In Quarter 4 of 2016, Phase 2 of the  Muni Metro Escalator Rehabilitation Project  moved forward  with plans to update 17 escalators in the Muni Metro system, including Powell and Civic Center stations. At least one Civic Center escalator was back up and running just after the close of Q1. The plan calls for updating 11 elevators in the Muni Subway system, m odernizing outdated equipment to improve safety and reliability. The entire system overhaul will take place over four years, with work staggered so as to minimize impact on the commuters. SFMTA released a video  detailing the importance of reliable elevator and escalator service. The BART Board approved Phase 1 canopy contract on January 12, 2017. Learn more here. 

Civic Center Station Modernization Plan

BART is advancing concept design as part of the Station Modernization Program, which will invest resources into the existing core stations and surrounding areas to support transit ridership and enhance the quality of life around the stations. BART is currently developing design and construction cost estimates for Civic Center Station. The goal of the project is to develop and prioritize potential station improvements to upgrade and modernize the station's function, safety and security, capacity, sustainability, appearance, and improve the customer experience. For planning buffs, wonks, and other  interested  parties, you can view the entire 98-page plan here. For a streamlined version of proposed improvements  and  other documents, click here.

Market  Street  Poster Series Celebrates Summer of Love

In conjunction with the regional 50th anniversary celebration of the Summer of Love, the San Francisco Arts Commission engaged three artists to reexamine this historic event through a contemporary lens for its popular Art on Market Street Poster Series. The first in the series, T he Zeitgeist by Deborah Aschheim, features highly detailed pen and ink drawings of the people and events that defined 1967.  Pedestrians along the City's busiest thoroughfare will see scenes from the April 15, 1967 Spring Mobilization against the War in Vietnam and the Human Be-in alongside intimate portraits of individuals like Lawrence Ferlinghetti. Each image is accompanied by a caption that amplifies the drawing's meaning. For more on the summer of love anniversary, visit the website here. For more on the poster series, and other art happenings, check out the San Francisco Arts Commission's revamped website here.


What's In A Dollar? Accessor Recorder Report Shows Value Of Property Taxes

From the Assessor Recorder's office, an annual report breaks down the value of $1. From the report:  " At fiscal year-end, our City's total assessed roll surpassed the $200 billion mark for the first time, reaching $212 billion . . .  The impact is over $2.5 billion in total annual property tax revenue to fund our local neighborhood services and public schools." The adjacent graphic illustrates where every penny goes. For each dollar, $.64 go to City Services, including public safety, parks and libraries. Next, $.35 go toward schools, including public schools and City College. The remaining $.01 goes toward funding other programs including air quality and rapid  transit. Read the report here to learn more.

Court Rejects Appeal of 5M Project

The extensive 5M Project, which covers 4 acres between 5th, Mission and Howard Streets moved closer to reality after an lawsuit challenging the environmental impact report. The project, which was approved by Board of Supervisors in December of 2015, will bring 1.6 million square feet of office and housing space according to an  SF Examiner article. Learn more about the project on its  website here.

Trinity Place Phase 3 Now Open

Just as Q1 came to a close, word spread that Phase 3 of Trinity Place, 33 8th Street, was officially open.  There are  540 units in this building which is offering studio, 1 & 2 bedroom apartments. Amenities include designed common areas, including a rooftop deck and resident lounge, a state-of-the-art fitness center, and a vibrant art-filled park. Learn more at Trinity Place website. And if you're looking for parking, add another option in the District as the garage serves residents and non residents of Trinity Place. Enter at 8th between Market and Mission Streets.

1028 Market Street

From our featured story, 1028 Market received a glowing approval during a Planning hearing in Qu arter 1. You can watch portions of the hearing, including public comment, commissioners' comments or the hearing in its entirety to get better feel for the momentous occasion. Of particular note was the development team's work with Market Street for the Masses coalition to develop and explore an initiative to develop an acquisition fund, which would be managed through a nonprofit entity and used to secure permanent affordable housing in the neighborhood.

1500 Mission Street

SF Chronicle's urban design critic John King gave the expansive project at and around 15 00 Mission a detailed exploration , with the 1500 Mission project scheduled to go before planners on  March 23rd. Aesthetically," King writes, "there's a lot to like about the design by the San Francisco offi ce of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill." Developer, Related California, plans a 39-story apartment tower to go up in the place of Goodwill Industries. While the aesthetics are indeed intriguing, King notes that they're made, on occasions, for very practical reasons, mainly the wind. Read more about the project in King's piece linked above.

Market/Van Ness 'Hub' To See 9000 New Units

SF Weekly took stock of the major developments in the pipeline for the Market/Van Ness area long-known as 'The Hub', a term which goes back to the 1800's, when several streetcars met there. According to the ar ticle the area will see, "s omewhere between 7,300 and 9,000 apartments. Increasing pedestrian traffic by a projected fifty percent at the Market and Van Ness intersection during peak hours. And more than 8,800 people will use the Van Ness Muni station to commute to and from work." Read the full story here.

1278 Market Street

Work is set to begin on a facade renovation of the historic building at 1278 Market Street, which houses the longstanding Ananda Furara vegetarian restaurant at 9th and Market Street. After a three year process, a renovation of the property by architect Zachary Nathan is set to begin. You can see a rendering in the adjacent graphic.


Demonstrations, Solidarity and the Women's March in Q1

For better or worse, Q1 2017 will go down in the books for the many demonstrations that took place in Civic Center and along Market Street. Whether it was in support of immigration rights or general displeasure with the results of the election, it seemed people gathered in our public spaces to express themselves with more frequency than in recent memory. By far, the largest crowd gathered for the San Francisco Women's March in January, with estimates toppling over 100,000. Those present report being moved by the outpouring of solidarity on our City's grandest boulevard. Check out some photos from the event, yes including funny signs, here and here.

April 27th, ACT 50th Anniversary Gala Block Party

Join A.C.T.'s celebrated alumni and artists from the past 50 years with a black-tie block party along Market Street. This historic night will feature an elegant cocktail reception, dinner, performance, and after-party in The Strand Theater's Osher Lobby, Rembe Theater, and The Rueff as well as The Costume Shop and the lot next door. Among the artists and performers will be Annette Benning, Mary Birdsong, and many more. Photo from ACT's archive shared during their 50th anniversary celebration in March. Click here for more information and tickets. Stay tuned to the Strand for their new monhtly happy hour.

International Art Museum of America Launches New Concert Series

The International Art Museum of America ( IAMA) has brought a new, monthly concert series to their 1025 Market Street gallery. The purpose is to support the local artists by sharing IAMA venue space and providing vibrant art access to the community. Check out the museum website to find out about these events and others including classes, children's story time and more.

St. Patrick's Day Parade Returns To Market Street

The 166th Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade wound up Market Street from 2nd Street to Civic Center. Drawing thousands to the District for what is one of the biggest St. Patrick's Day celebrations west of the Mississippi. The event once again culminated with a full slate of events including performances, food, drink, games, crafts and more.


The 6X6 building lit up at night works to create a bright and vibrant presence facing Market Street. Thank you for keeping the District beautiful.
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