QUARTER 1 2020     


The Dispatch Office remains open, please contact us for cleaning, maintenance and public safety needs - modified hours during the shelter-in-place ordinance are:

MMCBD Dispatch Office
9am to 5pm 

Our SFPD 10B officer support also remains uninterrupted and requests for video from MMCBD's camera network may be submitted to:  video@midmarketcbd.org 

Plywood Barrier and Painting Assistance from MMCBD

As the SF Chronicle has noted, many storefronts in San Francisco are choosing to board up for added security during the shelter-in place ordinance. MMCBD will be covering graffiti on barriers with black paint unless provided with an alternative by business or property owners.

Car-Free Market Traffic Impact

The initial report on car-free Market Street indicates there's been  little impact on surrounding streets. While Mission Street has seen a slight increase in traffic, reporting company  INRIX says the congestion is negligible. 

See this recent Twitter video of the  new rush hour on Market Street.

Chamber CEO on City's street conditions: 'Enough is enough'

At its annual CityBeat Breakfast in February, the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce noted street conditions are at the forefront of issues plaguing the City and called for various elements of homelessness to be addressed, according to the SF Business Times. CEO Rodney Fong noted, "We have a social, moral and civic obligation to take care of those communities to make sure they have shelter, service and support." A poll of Chamber members, indicated members want: "expanded conservatorship to provide court-ordered treatment for those who are unable to care for themselves due to severe mental illness; enforcement of existing laws against open-air drug dealing; merchant corridors and neighborhood streets to be better cleaned; and an audit of San Francisco's homeless services and spending."

BART: Canopies, Ambassadors and a new Chief

BART approved 22 canopies  to be constructed over Market Street station entrances. Learning from the success of CBD ambassador programs downtown, and its own elevator attendant program with Urban Alchemy BART will now deploy Ambassadors  in stations and on trains during peak commute times. And Ed Alvarez, already acting as Interim Chief, was officially appointed to BART's Chief of Police.

Supervisors Matt Haney and Scott Walton Call For More SFPD Foot Patrols Across the City

In a recent press conference in the District, Supervisors stressed the City's need for more officers and introduced  legislation seeking "to create new 'Neighborhood Safety Units' in each of the city's  10 district stations... " SF Chronicle

New SFPD "Foot Beat" Office 

SFPD opened a "foot beat" office
at 7th and Market in February. Operating out of the Proper Hotel at street level; the new storefront office builds on SFPD's effort to deter drug sales and other crime in the area. Open daily from 7am to 8pm, the new office will also house parking and transit officers from  SFMTA. 

Resources for Businesses Affected by COVID-19

The City's Office of Economic and Workforce Development has produced a list of resources for employers and employees affected by COVID-19 including  deferred business tax payments and licensing fees, among others. Mayor London Breed also announced a Small Business Resiliency Fund. Please also see the U.S. Small Business Association for information on disaster assistance.

Arts Relief Fund Program

We know the District is home to many artists and arts organizations, and recently Mayor London Breed announced $2.5 million in support for working artists and arts & cultural organizations financially impacted by COVID-19. More info on the grants and loans here.

Fifteen Fifty Mission, at Former Goodwill Site, Now Leasing

Starting in February, the new 40-story Fifteen Fifty at the intersection of Van Ness and Mission started leasing its residential units, including 110 below market rate  BMR units . It's estimated approximately 1,000 people will occupy the 550-unit building, scheduled to open for move-ins later this year. 

Performances Streamed to You

While the Strand Theater is closed A.C.T. is streaming performances. Tickets are available for recent production Gloria as well as Toni Stone. They also are offering online acting classes for children and adults.

Alonzo King LINES Dance Center On-line Classes

Alonzo King LINES Dance Center is streaming classes on Zoom during the shelter-in-place. Check o ut the schedule offering: ballet, contemporary, jazz and pilates. 

Get Loud for Heroes

Happening every night at 7pm, and lasting for two minutes,  please make some noise in support of our City's frontline workers

Clap, cheer, bang on pots, whistle and make some noise for our heroes! 


Watch the video link below.

We clap because we care: New Yorkers applaud coronavirus frontline workers

Check In with Your Favorite District Businesses

During the shelter-in-place, some District Businesses, Arts Organizations and Non-profits are still virtually open. Please call or visit their websites for more information

Corner markets and grocery stores remain open for essential needs; and the Heart of the City Farmers' Market in UN Plaza is also open Sunday and Wednesday.

Check out our " Support!" Instagram highlights for businesses offering take-out deals and more. And businesses -- please tag us on social media ( Facebook, Instagram or Twitter), so we can promote your business further.

Support our Field Crews

CBD cleaners and ambassadors continue to address our neighborhood's needs during the shelter-in-place ordinance. If you would like to acknowledge the hard work they do, please consider making a donation (of any size or kind) to a particular individual or the crew in general. Please use the link below and indicate how you would like your donation used; or contact us at: info@midmarketcbd.org

The team also loves thank you notes and emails!

which is offering delivery during the shelter-in-place.



Gorgeous landscaping at the San Francisco Mint


You may have seen contemporary artist Jim Campbell's work 
at SFMOMA  now see a piece right here in the District - 
"Fragmented Windows" 1036 Mission Street (between 6th and 7th)

Looking for a past issue  CLICK HERE.