CMCBD & YBCBD's Candidate Forum Connected District 6 Candidates with Residents

The CMCBD, with the Yerba Buena Community Benefit District, hosted the District 6 Candidate Forum at the Children's Creativity Museum. Moderated by the SF Chronicle's Heather Knight, candidates  Matt HaneyChristine Johnson and  Sonja Trauss answered questions regarding issues such as homelessness and transportation, among others.

See the forum in full on the CMCBD site. And remember: Election Day is Tuesday, November 6.

New Wayfinding Signage coming to Civic Center BART Station 

We're happy to report BART will be installing more wayfinding signage in, and around the Civic Center Station to support riders as they re-learn how to navigate the Station and reach neighborhood destinations with some entrances and escalators no longer in service.
Recent Station entrance closures and the loss of two escalators are taking a toll on riders and their destinations. The new wayfinding program includes directional signs inside and outside the Station. The pilot program came about because the Civic Center and Central Market CBD Boards of Directors met with BART and advocated for more assistance for District employers, businesses and arts organizations whose employees, customers and patrons take BART to the area. Thank you CBD Boards and BART leadership for rolling out this program which should result in happier, safer and more confident Station users.

Street Conditions Update   

Recently we sent a special edition email concerning  Street Conditions, detailing elements such as our meeting with Mayor London Breed and Police Chief Bill Scott to discuss cleanliness and safety issues affecting our District and much of downtown San Francisco. The email covers current and future efforts to abate the problems affecting public spaces, such as the forthcoming additions of BigBelly trash cans. It also shares updates on other organizations and City department efforts, such as the City's Fix-It Team and the Clean & Safe Coalition.  

Safe Injection Sites 
Vetoed by Governor Brown   

In late September Governor Brown vetoed bill AB186, which would have allowed for San Francisco safe injection sites, like the mock center that was recently set-up in the Tenderloin, to operate as part of a four-year pilot program. But the fight may not be over if Gavin Newsom is elected governor. He is open to the idea

New Robin Williams mural on Market Street is Popular Instagram Photo

You may have noticed a new piece of art on Market Street -- popping up across Instagram, the popular mural of Robin Williams by Argentinian artist Andres Iglesias, aka Cobre, is garnering praise. The artist has painted similar Williams murals across the world before being invited to paint on the old Hollywood Billiards location between 6th and 7th Streets. 

"I'm so happy to see that everybody loves him, it was my pleasure to make his portrait," Cobre said in an interview with the SF Examiner.

Mint Plaza Public Art Proposals from San Francisco Arts Commission

The San Francisco Arts Commission is in the process of choosing a light-art installation for Mint Plaza; according to their site: "The artwork is intended to activate the plaza in the evening so that the space is more welcoming to enter at night." See the five finalists' work on the SFAC site.
The last quarter brought a lot of food news -- the closure of Dirty Water, Zagat naming Perennial and Montesacro among the best restaurants in the area, Hoodline heaping praise on The Argentum Project's frozen yogurt  -- and new additions to the food and drink scene of the District; so many new spots that we had to give food news its own section in this recap!

Tea Leaf Salad For Us: Popular Burma Superstar to Open in Mint Plaza

The popular Burma Superstar is bringing its Tea Leaf Salad and Falafel Soup to the District at its latest location in Mint Plaza. The restaurant is slated to open before the end of the year.  READ MORE

Lots of Suds: City Beer Store Opens 

Another popular SF staple has also moved to the District: City Beer Store. Featuring local and unique brews, the new store space is larger than their previous location, features both taps and a selection of bottles to take home, and a full kitchen. Check it out at 1148 Mission St.  READ MORE

New Breakfast Spot: Mateo's

A new spot has opened for the weekday breakfast and lunch crowds: Mateo's. Located at 1455 Market St., the new spot features breakfast staples such as eggs and bacon and lunch options of burritos and bowls.  READ MORE

The Future is Here: Cashless Store, Standard Market, Opens on Market Street

Joining a handful of other cashless markets in the country, Standard Market has opened in the District. Once a shopper has arrived, and checked-in via an app, a camera system keeps an eye on what the shopper has picked up, put back (even in the wrong place!), and taken with him or her out of the store. READ MORE

Avocado Toast Fans Rejoice: La Cuisine Cafe Opens

The new La Cuisine in the Trininty Building has opened, and while Hoodline says it looks the same, the menu has been completely overhauled from the previous tenants (Caffe Trinity) and is serving delicious bites from 7am to 7pm on weekdays and 10am to 4pm on Saturdays.  READ MORE

Pop Up: New Lunch Spot, Smokebread, Appears in The Perennial

Find Hungarian potato-flatbread dishes from acclaimed Bar Tartine chefs Nick Balla and Cortney Burns at Perennial during lunch hours.  READ MORE

Singing Its Praises: Birdsong Continues to Garner Positive Reviews

The new Pacific Northwest-inspired restaurant Birdsong continues to receive positive reviews from restauntuers and newspapers; SF Weekly and SF Chronicle have reviewed it and sung its praises, and it also made the Eater hot map.  READ MORE

Proper Hotel Leads Trend of Hotels Embracing the Rooftop Space & Named Among Best Designed Hotels in World

The San Francisco Business Times noted Mid-Market's Proper Hotel is drawing in the younger clientele by marketing the hotel differently from predecessors, which includes amenities like its popular rooftop bar Charmaine's. The article also notes the new Yotel, opening later this year, will also feature a rooftop space and offerings from Alta Group and Daniel Patterson. READ MORE 

Not only is the Proper Hotel different from others in the way it markets itself, but design site Livingetc named the Proper Hotel among the best designed hotels in the world, noting the " interiors are heavily influenced by the City's bohemian roots."   READ MORE

Zoning Changes Proposed for Part of Central SoMa Plan in  Central Market

Supervisor Jane Kim called for changes to the Central SoMa Plan in include more housing, as the SF Chronicle noted: "Originally, the plan envisioned 7,000 housing units and space for about 39,000 jobs. Gradually, city planners have been looking for ways to increase the amount of housing. Kim's amendments would bring the housing unit count up to 8,550 housing units and the jobs down to about 32,500." 

A vote in early September allowed for a continuation of consideration on four various appeals to the plan, but the SF Examiner noted all four appeals were unanimously rejected by the Board of Supervisors at a vote later in the month. The article goes on to state: "Had the appeals succeeded, the development allowed under the plan would have had to wait indefinitely until further analysis was completed. But with the appeals rejected, the actual plan to rezone the area is now expected to come before the Board for a vote within a month." READ MORE

Revitalization of Central Market Gains Momentum

The  San Francisco Business Times highlighted the recent positive changes to both Civic Center and Central Market in a recent article, drawing attention to additions such as Trinity Place and the pending Whole Foods, Proper Hotel and Yotel (which will open in January 2019), and new housing, such as Stage 1075. READ MORE

Popular Skateboard Magazine, Thrasher, Opens a Store on 6th Street

The San Francisco-based magazine has opened its flagship store at 66 6th St. -- an address Thrasher is fully embracing. Skate Newswire states the store, "is certain to be a destination spot for skateboarders from around the world." READ MORE

Change of Plans for Hotel Rooms at the new 950 Market Street 

New York-based Standard has pulled out of the plans for 950 Market St., according to the SF Business Times  leaving an opening for  
anot her company to take over the planned 232 hotel rooms. As previously noted, in addition to the hotel rooms,  Group i  is constructing 242 residences and 13,000 square feet of ground floor retail and a 2,000-square-foot space that will house Magic Theater's Magic Lab.  READ MORE

A Look at Property Value Growth in SF

Produced by the San Francisco Office of the Assessor-Recorder, a look at property value growth; more info on sfassessor.org

More Central Market News Links 
CMCBD Community Ambassadors 
Illegal drug dealers and users have been blocking the sidewalk in the 600 block of Stevenson. Adjacent business and property owners are working closely with City agencies and  CMCBD  to improve sidewalk safety and  accessibility for all here.

CMCBD Clean Team
CMCBD's Clean Team uses new backpack scrubbers for faster and 
more efficient sidewalk cleaning .



The new Compass Family Services building at 37 Grove includes 
a wonderful drop-in child play area visible from Grove Street.

If you missed the last issue, past recaps are available at:  Central-Market.org