We have a new website!

Central Market CBD has become Mid Market CBD (MMCBD), and to accompany this, we've rolled out a new website: midmarketcbd.org.

Please bookmark it! You'll still be able to find all the resources, calendars, meeting agendas and more on the new site.

Supervisor Matt Haney Calls for Citywide Task Force to Combat Drug Dealing in District

After first calling for a hearing earlier this year to address drug dealing in Mid Market, SoMa and the Tenderloin, Supervisor Matt Haney addressed the  Board of Supervisor Public Safety and Neighborhood Services Committee hearing in April. During the hours long hearing, the SF Examiner reports, Haney called for a City-wide strategy, which includes a task force forged by various departments; this task force is a lso supported by  Police Chief Bill Scott.

The stats shared during the hearing, state that the Tenderloin Station, followed by the Southern Station, make the most drug arrests in the City. But Haney also noted,  "We spend tens of millions of dollars, mostly on criminalization of low level offenders, and have not had a lot to show for it."  

The SF Chronicle also shares the new task force would work to create a unified plan across the multiple City agencies working on combating drug dealing, instead of working in "siloed" approaches.  Noting the urgency of the issue, Haney said he'd work towards having an inaugural task force meeting this summer.
2 BLOCKS OF ART  Highlights Murals, Artists, Dancers,  Businesses & Community Based Organizations  of 6th Street

Lines Dance Center performers at pop-up dance in front of a 6th Street mural

T his year's event put a focus on the murals of 6th Street, with a live mural painting during the event at 1AM and another on Stevenson Street. The event also included the return of Sketchpad Gallery's "Sketch the Block" for its third year -- the wildly successful, 2 Blocks of Art exclusive one-day sketch-con, which hosted artists in the fields of visual concept, comic books and video games. 

Other highlights included character designers Jing Ouyang and Rachel Xin's 3D photo booth, free face painting at Frena Bakery, pop-up performances from Lines Dance Center dancers, live music at Launderland, The Rumpus Room and at the corner of Market and 6th. The event also included beloved galleries and theater: 1AMBindlestiffLittle Raven and SF Camerawork.

See the list of artists on the 2 Blocks of Art site and view  more photos from the event on the 2 Blocks of Art  Flickr account .

Safety Summit Returned: Focus on Protecting Your Property & Yourself

The annual CBD Safety Summit  took place in April at A.C.T.'s Strand Theater. This  year's focus was on theft and break-in prevention. Keynote speakers included SFPD Sergeant Patrick Kennedy from the Burglary Unit, and Commander of Municipal Transportation Teresa Ewins, as well as Cypress Security. Speakers covered a variety of prevention techniques to avoid break-ins at home, at work, and in and around public transportation. Attendees also learned how to avoid becoming a victim of personal theft.  Multiple safety organizations also provided information before and after the keynotes at lobby exhibition tables. Presenters included: A.L.E.R.T., Applied Video Solutions (AVS), Cypress Security, SF72.org, SF Bike Coalition, SFMTA Park Smart, SF Safe, Vision Zero SF and representatives from the the MMCBD and the co-sponsoring CBD Civic Center.

Better Market Street Hosts Public Open House Events, Reveals Plans for First Phase of Project

Better Market Street hosted two more public open house events in June about the roll out of the first phase of plans for streetscape elements, transit plans and trees for the section of Market Street between 5th and 8th streets.  READ MORE 

Federal Building Plaza to Undergo Redesigns

The Federal Building Plaza on Mission at 7th Street is also readying to undergo a design change; the GSA Pacific Rim held community workshops, the latest in May at Bamboo Asia, to get community feedback. The official plans have yet to be unveiled.

6th Street Pedestrian Safety 

Changes have already started taking place for the Spring 2020 construction; called "quick builds," the changes include: 
  • removal of one southbound traffic lane to reduce speeding and improve pedestrian safety
  • pedestrian safety zones 
  • removal of parking spaces closest to intersections from Mission to Howard, to provide motorists and sidewalk users with a clearer view across streets and alleys 
  • restricted left turns from 6th Street onto Mission to reduce conflicts between vehicles and people on sidewalks and crosswalks
Read more about the 6th Street Pedestrian Safety Project on the SFMTA site.

New Ordinance Expands Pop-up Time in Empty Storefronts

To allow for more activation in empty storefronts in buildings waiting for permits for permanent approvals, the Planning Commission has streamlined and expanded the temporary user permit process: "t emporary uses were previously limited to 24-hours, 60-days, or 1-2 years. That period has now been extended to 36 months, with the ability to apply for extensions up to three times for periods of up to 12 months per extension."  READ MORE

Urban Alchemy Opens Office 
in the District

The non-profit, formerly known as Hunters Point Family, opened with a block party at their new location on 6th Street (at Jessie), and is continuing its work of hiring formerly incarcerated individuals to fill key roles at "Pit Stop Program locations, the BART Elevator Greeter program, the San Francisco Clean Program, Civic Center Stewards, the Zendesk Food Truck Program and the San Francisco Department of Parks and Recreation's Park Stop Program."   READ MORE

WeWork Opening New SoMa Space

WeWork, the popular co-working space, is opening its latest office at 1460 Mission St. on August 1. READ MORE

The Hub Building at 1500 Mission St. Continues to Make Progress

As we noted last recap, The Hub is a bustling corridor of construction, and District building at 1500 Mission St. continues towards its 2020 completion. When competed, it'll stand 39-stories tall and feature 550 apartments, with 20% reserved as permanently affordable and low-income units.  READ MORE

Delicious Dumplings: Bini's Kitchen Opens on Howard Street

The popular Nepalese dumpling spot opened its first restaurant location at 1001 Howard St. in April. Moving from catering, to Off the Grid, to takeout, and now a sit down brick-and-mortar spot with room for more than two-dozen diners, this business is poised for success. The menu also features lamb, turkey and Nepalese burritos. READ MORE 

Yum, Pizza: A New Location of Abe's Pizza Now Slinging Slices

The popular Berkeley spot Abe's Pizza opened their second location in the District at 940 Market St. near Hallidie Plaza serving pizza and salad, and THEY DELIVER!

Tuesday, July 9th 
Hazards & Climate Resilience Plan Workshop 10am-Noon

A free workshop for business and commercial property stakeholders, this two-hour workshop will feature information on how local neighborhoods will be impacted by various hazards (floods, earthquakes, etc.); provide feedback on draft Hazards and Climate Resilience Plan and more. The workshop will be lead by Office of Resilience and Capital Planning in partnership with Department of Emergency Management, Department of Public Health, Department of the Environment, and SF Planning. Happening July 9, 10-noon; RSVP here.

Undiscovered Night Market Returns

The popular UNDISCOVERED SF Creative Night Market returns July 20, 4-10pm. This free, community event at 598 Stevenson St (at 7th St.) features a "curated collection of emerging artists and merchants that celebrate San Francisco's new cultural district - SOMA Pilipinas!" The event features local artisans, food vendors, and live music and dance performances.

More Mid Market News Links 
Community Ambassador Support 
Problematic sidewalk behavior continues on the 600 block of Stevenson despite daily coordinated City and community efforts to make improvements.

MMCBD Clean Team
The MMCBD Clean Team removes trash that has been strewn across the sidewalk.



Sidewalk trees don't always look as good as these! 
The trees along 1400 Mission Street were mature at planting 
giving them a big advantage for survival.  In addition, the property oversees their care with regular watering and tree basin maintenance.
  The Bayanihan Community Center (Mission @ 6th) is adorned with new murals of prominent members of the Filipino community. Make sure to stop and take a look when walking past.
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