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SFPD Increases Units To Tackle Drug Dealing

SFPD is supplementing ongoing efforts to get drugs and drug dealers off the streets in the Mid-Market, Tenderloin, and SoMa neighborhoods through new tactics and additional police officers. A recent article on San Francisco News states: "According to  the Mayor's website, San Francisco Police Chief Bill Scott is in the process of adding 10 new officers, including a second lieutenant and two sergeants will be assigned to the San Francisco Police Department Tenderloin Station." These additional police officers will help increase the SFPD's foot beat officer patrols of the neighborhoods by 50 percent. 

The SF Chronicle followed with an article stating how the SFPD are often dealing with a "revolving door at the Hall of Justice". Dealers are back out on the street just days after their arrests. However, SFPD is making sure it's much harder for drugs to be openly sold on the streets: "...if they can't get rid of them, the police can make the dealers' lives as miserable as possible by seizing their product and cash. Police seized 1,072 bindles of heroin, cocaine, meth and fentanyl in the Tenderloin and South of Market from October 2 to November 7." 

Bigbelly Trash Cans Debut on District Sidewalks 

In late November, five Bigbelly trash cans were deployed on District sidewalks. The bins, which run on solar power and compact trash, are designed to discourage rummaging and eliminate litter on District sidewalks. The Bigbelly trash cans were installed in partnership with the City's Fix-It Team.

Holiday Party for CBDs: Central Market, Civic Center and Tenderloin 

Civic Center, Mid Market and Tenderloin CBDs gathered to celebrate the season and present their annual awards, including CMCBD's Golden Brick Award. This year's Golden Brick Award was presented to Ralph Lee -- the admired, 23 year veteran of Hotel Whitcomb -- for his leadership in the Mid Market  business community and his extensive community advocacy work including being a founding member of CMCBD Board of Directors. J oy Ou of Group i presented. See photos of the event here.

2 Blocks of Art Returns May 2019 

Just announced -- 2 Block of Art's 8th year brings some much needed changes to the event. The revered art walk is now scheduled for Saturday, May 4th and will take place all day -- expanding exhibition viewing times and allowing for even more audience participation. As always, the event will take place in over 20 locations along the 6th Street corridor and  feature local businesses and organizations, artists and arts groups. 

New District 6 Supervisor: Matt Haney 

Voters chose -- after a strong race by candidates Christine Johnson, Sonja Trauss and Matt Haney -- a new District 6 Supervisor: Haney. When named the projected winner, he told Mission Local"The scale of it is larger than we thought. But I thought we did do what we needed to do in order to win." Haney has already met with CMCBD staff to discuss District priorities and he attended the CBD Holiday Party, where he expressed thanks and support for CBD programs.

Better Market Street Receives 
$15 Million Grant  

The San Francisco Chronicle noted "the City [will] receive $15 million for the first phase of Better Market Street, a $604 million project that will bring pedestrian, bicycle and public transportation improvements to 2.2 miles of Market Street between Octavia Boulevard and the Embarcadero." Phase one of the project in the District (Market Street between 6th and 8th) is projected to cost upwards of $71.5 million. CMCBD staff will work closely with SFMTA, DPW, impacted business and property owners to strategize construction mitigation efforts -- storefront by storefront. READ MORE  

6th Street Redesign Approved

In October the San Francisco Chronicle analyzed the pros and cons to a "road diet" on 6th Street, a road where "a pedestrian is hit every 16 days." The article came on the eve of a vote by the SFMTA approving the plan to remove one southbound lane of traffic on Sixth Street between Market and Howard. Plans also call for 1) new and wider sidewalks, 2) curb extensions at crosswalks to shorten the crossing distance for pedestrians, and 3) more sidewalk lighting. As with the Better Market Street project, CMCBD staff will work closely with SFMTA, Public Works and District businesses and property owners who will be deeply impacted by the project's construction. Custom construction mitigation plans must be developed for each and every storefront to ensure safety and ease of access for pedestrians. READ MORE

2nd Civic Center BART Station Entrance Closes to Make Way for Construction

The BART/Muni entrance at 8th and Market (in front of Hotel Whitcomb) permanently closed on November 1 for construction work related to installation of  new traction power equipment aimed at increasing the number of trains in service. The project has a completion timeframe of two years. Click here for a map of station entrances/exits.  


Central SoMa Plan Approved

Including parts of the District, the Central SoMa Plan was approved in December, bringing an estimated 32,000 jobs, and 8,800 housing units (33% affordable) to the designated area. The plan also includes $185 million towards parks, recreation centers and privately-owned public spaces, along with $600 million towards improving conditions for bicyclists, pedestrians and public transportation.   READ MORE

Thrasher Magazine's 66 6th Street Store is a Testament to the City and Skateboarding

A recent profile piece in the San Francisco Chronicle on Thrasher's new 66 6th Street outpost notes the location is "part retail, part clubhouse, and part shrine to the culture and history of skateboarding in San Francisco." Manager of daily operations Tony Vitello notes 66 6th Street is a place for the public to interact with San Francisco skateboarding -- the merchandise, the videos, and the staff reflect where skateboarding culture has been (Thrasher is 37 years old) and where it is going.   READ MORE

Spotify Leaves Mid-Market

Citing safety concerns, Spotify moved from their Mid-Market office space (above the Warfield) to the Financial District. According to an article in the San Francisco Chronicle, among the local staff, " Employees who had moved from Sweden were unaccustomed to San Francisco's homelessness crisis." READ MORE

Popular Streetwear Brand Supreme To Open Brick-and-Mortar Spot in District

Sought after by millennials, the popular brand Supreme is known for its red logo, limited edition runs, and notoriously few retail outposts, but they'll soon add a retail location to the short list -- and it'll be right here in the District at 1101 Market.  READ MORE

Mezzanine Told to Vacate Space in 2019

The popular music venue Mezzanine will leave their Jesse Street location (near Mint Plaza) in October of 2019.  READ MORE

Changes to Retail May Be in Store for SF

With empty storefronts throughout the City, Mayor Breed is looking to create a more flexible use of these ground floor spaces; if her plan passes, it could allow for District caterers City Smoke House to open a takeout window on 6th Street.  READ MORE

Bay Area Gym Equinox Expands Footprint in District

While brick-and-mortar retail may be struggling, gyms are flexing their muscles, so much so that chain gym locations are finding space in new housing developments, such as 1500 Market Street, which will welcome its own Equinox location.  READ MORE

More Central Market News Links 
CMCBD Community Ambassadors 
Community Ambassadors provide social service information  to drug users camped on
the street and help clear and  clean the sidewalks  for pedestrians.

CMCBD Clean Team
The Clean Team responds quickly to broken glass at an SFMTA bus shelter.


Colorful new banners at SOMA Park Hotel 9th and Mission.
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