Q3 - 2020
Shared Space Success in the District

In late August, the City's Shared Spaces program added locations in Civic Center and Hayes Valley; happening Fridays 4-10pm and 
Saturdays and Sundays 10am-10pm, the street closures are a welcome addition for community-serving businesses, local residents, area employees and visitors. *And don't miss the SF Opera Orchestra's pop-up performances (on the Hayes Street Grill block) Saturdays and Sundays. For a complete list of the District's Shared Spaces see the interactive map. 

Asian Art Museum Welcomes Back 
Patrons of the Arts

The Asian Art Museum announced its October 1 reopening for members and October 3 opening for the general public. Visitors will see the Museum's completed expansion and exhibits such as "Awaken: A Tibetan Buddhist Journey Toward Enlightenment" and "Jean Shin | Pause" among others. The Museum is adhering to strict social-distancing guidelines, which includes 25% capacity and timed ticket entry. 

When coming and going from the Museum, don't forget to check out the new 75-foot mural"I was, I am, I will be,"  by artist Chanel Miller currently visible on Hyde Street; and be sure to patronize nearby food options until the Museum's cafe re-opens.
SFPL To Go Launches, Main Branch Now Open for Pick Ups 

If you've missed reading printed books from the San Francisco Public Library, you're in luck - they've launched SFPL To Go at the Main Branch: 1) Place a hold. 2) Wait until SFPL says your items are ready. 3) Pick them up and get reading! 
Civic Center Plaza Outdoor Voting Center

Civic Center Plaza is now home to the SF Election Department's Voting Center, an open-air polling place complete with a large tent and socially-distanced voting booths that is now open through Election Day, November 3. The Voting Center is open every weekday through Nov. 2 from 8 am to 5 pm. It will be open on two weekends, Oct. 24-Oct. 25 and Oct. 31-Nov. 1, from 10 am to 4 pm. It will also be open on Nov. 3, Election Day, from 7 am to 8 pm. Voters can also drop-off their mail-in ballots at the Voting Center.
Neighboring Non-profits Form Pilot Program to Streamline Services During Downtown Recovery

Civic Center CBD, continuing its long-time collaboration with neighboring CBDs Mid Market and Tenderloin, and now the Mid Market Business Association, are working together to coordinate their respective service delivery along the Market Street core between 5th and 8th streets where the districts converge. The three bordering CBDs - and the business group which works with businesses located in all three of the CBDs - are also working closely with designated City agency leads, newly appointed to support the pilot program, to ensure public and private sector resources for cleaning, safety and economic development are leveraged for efficiency and effectiveness. 

Coordinated efforts have already led to vastly improved sidewalk conditions on sections of Market Street using: pressure washing, adornment of boarded-up storefronts; and donations from local businesses to fund additional personnel who help care for storefronts and adjacent public spaces during business hours.

The main focus of the pilot program in Civic Center is United Nations Plaza.
Grants for Van Ness Businesses Affected by Van Ness Improvement Project

Businesses along the Van Ness corridor impacted by the Van Ness Improvement Project within the Van Ness construction impact zone (Market to Chestnut), can apply for a grant from the City through the Office of Economic and Workforce Development site. Please see their site for more information on eligibility and grant amounts. The deadline for applying is October 31.
Baia and Woodblock are Now Open

Featuring plant-based Italian cuisine from chef Matthew Kenney, Baia, opened in the former Jardiniere space. The SF Chronicle noted their mozzarella sticks are already very popular. Also operating as a pop-up out of the space is Woodblock, featuring plant-based Japanese sushi rolls and bowls. Both are open for takeout and delivery, and BAIA's new, temporary outdoor dining patio is opening soon.

Arbor Is Open: Burgers, Salads, Frozen Yogurt & More

Adjacent to Hayes Street's Arelquin Wines, the new cafe Arbor opened this summer featuring fast, casual dishes with organic and local ingredients. Open for takeout and delivery, they also have socially-distanced parklet and garden patio seating. 
Dumpling Home Now Open

A new spot to pick up delicious dumplings, soups and noodles has opened at 298 Gough St. Featuring fried and steamed dumplings, Dumpling Home is currently open for takeout and delivery.
Garage Break-Ins: Keeping Your Bike and Other Items Safe

Residential burglaries are seeing an uptick across the City, SFPD notes most entries are being made through garage doors, with expensive bikes the likely target; condo/apartment storage units are being targeted as well. See SF Safe's garage safety tips and bike safety page for more information.
SFCM and SF Symphony Team Up to Present Black Composers' Work

The San Francisco Conservatory of Music and the San Francisco Symphony announced their collaboration on a 10-year commissioning project aimed at fostering new musical works by developing Black composers. The Emerging Black Composers Project is currently accepting applications from composers through December 31.
Music for All: Virtual Concerts from Mr. Tipples and the Rickshaw Stop & The SF Symphony's 1:1 Performances

While music venues may be closed, you can still support two District spots that are hosting shows online. Check out Mr. Tipples Facebook live concert line-up - they're also offering cocktail delivery! While the Rickshaw Stop is streaming live concerts on Instagram and Noonchorus. 

Also, the SF Symphony has launched 1:1 concerts, where an audience of one is treated to a solo performance. If interested, visit the SF Symphony's 1:1 page.

Thank You for the Continued Support of the CCCBD Field Staff

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Baiano Pizzeria's new temporary outdoor dining patio (Gough at Page)
complete with greenery, cafe lights and music.