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District News
Get ready to roll!

Take a spin at Civic Center's new 5,000-square-foot outdoor roller rink. Sponsored by the City and operated by the always fun Church of 8 Wheels, the temporary rink (October through December) will be ready for skaters of all ages and levels this Saturday, October 15 at 4pm. For more information on tickets and to book private parties visit:

Live music continues at the Civic Center Plaza Lunchtime Music Series! Our weekly live performance series features blues, jazz, folk, and more in Civic Center Plaza at City Hall. Grab a seat at one of the cafe tables, and enjoy your lunch from a food truck or nearby restaurant or cafe -- see our restaurant, bar & cafe map to find a spot -- or bring your lunch from home! The lineup, curated by Music City, is on our site; every Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday, noon-1pm through October 27.

Also, don't forget to put our annual Civic Center Plaza Holiday Tree Lighting on your calendar for December 7, 4-7pm! This free, family-friendly event features holiday performances, festive bites and drinks, a Makers Village of crafting opportunities, a toy giveaway for children, "snow" flurries and more!
UN Dog Run Named Among Best Places for SF Dogs to Play

Our UN Plaza Dog Run continues to to delight canines and their human companions, recently making the SF Standard's list of Best Dog Parks in San Francisco list. If you and your pup haven't visited yet, be sure to stop by any day, 7am-7pm!

Also, don't miss our UN Plaza Dog Run Halloween Event! Visit the photo booth, grab your dog a puppacino, and visit with dog company Prime Paw — who can give you some tips on handling those doggy behaviors you’d like your pup to give up! Happening at the UN Plaza Dog Run, October 14, 4-6pm! Also keep an eye on our social media accounts and events calendar for a chance for your dog to grab a photo with Santa at the UN Plaza Dog Run this December!
Dining News: New Places, Familiar Spots & More
The James Beard Award-winning cocktail bar, Bar Agricole, has reopened in a new location: 1540 Mission St. The new location is again featuring unique drinks and bites - reservations are suggested.

The new restaurant from restaurateur Adriano Paganini (The Bird and A Mano), Rad Radish opened at 301 Hayes St. The casual vegan spot is already garnering praise.

Civic Center's beloved staple, Hayes Street Grill, was recently the subject of a Bon Appetit video feature, following chef and owner and CCCBD board member Patricia Unterman through her process of creating and shopping for the local and seasonal menu.

And grab the babka! A new Jewish bakery, Loquat, opens in the former 20th Century Cafe space this month. The San Francisco Chronicle notes, "The cafe will serve baked goods inspired by the Jewish diaspora and Levantine flavors, from labne cheesecakes topped with roasted figs to Turkish coffee cream pie."

Very Cool: Hayes Street Named Among Top 33 Coolest Streets in the World

Sharing the list with streets in Copenhagen and Hong Kong, among other cities, Time Out's survey of "20,000 city dwellers" found Hayes Street delights. From the list: "Bustling once again, Hayes Street meshes old SF – with its quirky shops and long-time eateries – with some of the city’s most exciting restaurant openings and trendiest storefronts."
Bowes Center Wins Prestigious Architecture Award
Congratulations to San Francisco Conservatory of Music for their win at the prestigious International Architecture Awards in the category for Museums and Cultural Buildings. The Bowes Center, was designed by Mark Cavagnero, of Mark Cavegnero Associates. "Designers also commended the building for its proximity to the San Francisco Civic Civic Center cultural and arts district, calling it a dynamic social and cultural destination that melds musical education, performance, and public experience."
Development & Streetscape News
The Oak May Change From Owned Condos to Rental Units
The San Francisco Chronicle's J.K. Dineen has kept an eye on the developments at The Oak, a forthcoming apartment building at 55 Oak. Various delays and setbacks have plagued the project he notes, with some buyers waiting on word of their forthcoming unit. He also notes, " And commercial real estate sources familiar with the situation say rather than continue with condo sales the developer has retained the brokerage Kidder Matthews to sell the property in bulk to a rental housing investor." The building remains empty as of the end of QTR 3.
LendLease's New Building
Lendlease's forthcoming 540-foot building at 30 Van Ness is "...exactly the type of project we need to be doing in San Francisco," according to a quote from Mayor London Breed in the San Francisco Chronicle article about the building, slated to be completed in late 2025. The article goes on to share, "Arden Hearing [executive general manager of West Coast development for Lendlease] also sees a world in which companies need less space but are pickier about the environmental and health attributes of space they do lease. He said he thinks that will help Hayes Point, which will be all electric, have outdoor terraces on every level, and is designed to achieve net zero emissions during construction and ongoing operations."
Better Market Street Construction to Commence
Better Market Street Phase I preliminary work has begun. You will see prep work for ADA upgrades and utility work taking shape now through the end of the year. More invasive work will commence after the holiday moratorium ends in January. The entire Better Market Street project remains quite fluid as the City re-balances its priorities and focus in the post-Pandemic environment. If you have questions about the Project or would like to provide input at any time, please let us know.
New Garbage Cans Coming to SF Sidewalks
There's been a lot of trash talk, specifically regarding the new trashcan prototypes that were out on San Francisco sidewalks for review (review submittal time has now closed). Many noted in articles and social media posts marking their debut, of certain aspects of the cans' shortcomings. San Francisco Chronicle columnist Heather Knight went to view the three finalists models, noting that Public Works is looking to have 3000 of the winning can on sidewalks come 2023; she shared Salt & Pepper was her choice, but also noted: "Here’s hoping we have effective, affordable trash cans on our streets soon — and that city officials then turn to putting as much time and effort into solving our far bigger problems."
Illegal Street Vending Addressed with New Permit System
A new permitting system and enforcement protocols are in place to legitimize street vendors and clamp down on the re-sale of stolen merchandise and unsanitary food prepared on City sidewalks. In Civic Center, education and enforcement teams are focused on historic UN Plaza where a ban on all vending - except for the Farmers Market - is now in place. The joint-enforcement teams are comprised of officials from the Department of Public Health, SFPD and the Department of Public Works.
Events & Programs
Seasonal Favorites and Milestone Events
Fall brings with it the opening of the 2022-2023 season for all things music: SF JAZZ, SF Symphony, SF Opera and SFCM.

Each institution has a robust calendar of events and seasonal events spanning into winter, with SF JAZZ and San Francisco celebrating large milestones. SF JAZZ Center celebrates its 10th Anniversary with over 300 concerts and an Anniversary celebration this winter; while the San Francisco Opera is celebrating its centennial with a robust calendar of events and an offer to locals of $10 opera tickets and a free Community Open House October 23!

There are dance delights too! The famed SF Ballet's The Nutcracker returns to the stage this December, followed by the ballet's 90th Anniversary gala in January!

See our events calendar for more fun events in Civic Center this fall and winter season!
Clean & Safe Services - Q 3
CCCCBD Night Ambassadors stop to pose for a quick photo as they display wayfinding signage for arts patrons. Our evening Ambassadors work Tuesday through Saturday evenings from 6 to 11 pm around our arts venues to enhance the pedestrian experience before and after evening performances. An Ambassador is also dedicated to the street-level entrance to the Civic Center Garage.
City Updates and More
Business Related: Grants And Energy Access

The City reopened its Shared Spaces Equity Grant, where businesses can apply for $2,500 to bring their Shared Spaces into compliance. To qualify, businesses must apply by November 1. *This is in addition to the ongoing Small Businesses Construction Grant -- where businesses can be reimbursed $5,000 for storefront improvements in relation to construction or new equipment/furniture -- and free Design Services for qualifying businesses.

SF Environment recently shared information on their EnergyAccess program: "[SF business can get] a free energy assessment and become connected to energy rebates and zero or low-interest financing." More information here.
District Beauty
Always a treasure trove of goods -- clothing, home, accessories and more -- at Paloma (112 Gough).