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Quarter 2 2023 Recap
District News
SF Pride: The Parade, Rainbows, Flowers, and Joy on Market Street

Fun and laughter filled Market Street as parade goers enjoyed a fun, party atmosphere on Pride weekend. Over Pride weekend Illuminate the Arts' rainbow lights again beamed down Market Street, lighting up the sky with a warm rainbow glow; and many Mid Market businesses adorned their storefronts with the iconic Pride Rainbow Flag (here are just a few!). Also, rainbows of color bloomed at The Mint as part of Fleurs de Villes PRIDE, featuring flower creations in honor of LGBTQIA+ icons and legends.

Also see our SF Examiner article on the long and vibrant history of parades on Market Street and our Q&A with SF Pride's Executive Director, Suzanne Ford: Market Street Reigns: More Than 100 Years of Parades & Celebrations.
Green News: A Cannabis Farmers Market and a New Dispensary

A new farmers market is bringing fresh greens to the District, cannabis greens that is. SFGate notes a new joint effort by two District dispensaries -- Moe Greens and Barbary Coast -- to share what's fresh in the world of cannabis. The article adds, "The showcases allow customers to learn about dozens of different cannabis strains directly from the farmers who grow them." If interested in shopping this farmers market, reach out to Moe Greens and Barbary Coast.

Also check out the new dispensary in the District: Ohana Cannabis opened their newest location at 1256 Mission St., hours are noon-8pm daily.
Livat Updates: Around the Clock Security, Staff Present, Lights On!

The much anticipated opening Livat from IKEA is growing closer! The SF Standard notes staff has been seen going to and from the building wearing uniform shirts in the signature yellow, the lights are on, and there's more bustling at the building. Also, earlier this year, IKEA also noted the building will feature around-the-clock security to ensure safety and deter theft.
New Art Gallery: Jonathan Carver Moore

Adjacent to The LINE Hotel, the new contemporary gallery from Jonathan Carver Moore opened in April. "[The gallery] specializes in working with emerging and established artists who are BIPOC, LGBTQ+ and women. As the only openly gay Black male owned gallery in San Francisco, Jonathan is committed to amplifying the voices of the often underrepresented artists through a Black queer lens." Visit the gallery at 966 Market St. 

Stay tuned for more news on MMCBD's 10th annual art walk - this year on Market Street - November 11th and 12th, which coincides with ArtSpan's Open Studios weekend in Mid Market.
New Grants for Small Businesses

The Mayor announced new grants through the Office of Economic and Workforce Development, of $25k-$50k for small businesses who are in negotiation for a storefront lease in selected neighborhoods, which includes Mid Market. Grant details and application here.
Highlighting the Places and People of Mid Market in the SF Examiner

The vibrant Heart of the City Farmers' Market, Mid Market fitness options and the history of Market Street parades were the focus of the latest monthly SF Examiner features - a series dedicated to sharing the businesses, restaurants, hotels, people, events and more, that makes Mid Market a dynamic and unique place in the City. Read the latest articles here:

Keep an eye on our social media and the SF Examiner, SF Weekly and Nob Hill Gazette sites for forthcoming articles. Each month's article is also appearing in print - look for the monthly, full page articles in the Sunday San Francisco Examiner.
Development & Streetscape News
Better Market Street Construction Updates

Better Market Street Phase 1 Construction was hampered by bad weather, but continued as spring rains finally moved on, QTR 2 saw:

  • Installation of electrical conduits, which will help power 5 new traffic signals
  • Finished work on the concrete gutters and loading bays on the north side of Market in May, south side in June.
  • Soil cell installation completed on Market between 7th and 8th streets in May; installation of three more soil cells at the southern edge of UN Plaza and in front of 1170 Market Street followed in June.
  • Detours for cyclists remain in place: Eastbound can detour off Market at 11th, 10th or 8th Streets. Westbound  can detour at Ellis, Cyril Magnin, Taylor, or Charles J. Brenham Place. If continuing on Market Street after detour points, they ask you please dismount your bicycle and walk along the sidewalk.

Updates and more information can be found on the BMS Project site.
New Gene Friend Rec Center to Break Ground Next Year

The SF Rec & Park Department has announced the new Gene Friend Recreation Center will break ground in 2024. After discovering repairs to the current building would be too costly, the concept design was approved in 2019; with a public opening projected for late 2025. See the SF Rec & Park site for renderings and more information.
Bart Substation Update

Surface level work for the Civic Center BART station is almost complete. BART is in the process of laying the last of the sidewalk bricks, and the fencing outside the Hotel Whitcomb and across the street on Market at 8th is set to come down shortly. Further substation updates can be found on the BART site.

Also, the Market at 7th Street entrance to BART was closed for four weeks for an escalator upgrade, but has since reopened.
Facade Inspections by City on Newer 15-Story+ Buildings

The Department of Building inspection has announced as part of DBI’s Façade Inspection and Maintenance Program, buildings that are 15 stories or more and built after 1998 will be required to submit a full facade evaluation by a licensed engineer or architect by November; more here.
Health & Safety Updates
Governor Newsom & Speaker Emerita Pelosi Address Fentanyl Problem in SF

In April, Governor Newsom announced a partnership between "California Highway Patrol (CHP), California National Guard (CalGuard), San Francisco Police Department (SFPD), and the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office (SFDA) to assist the city in its ongoing efforts to address the fentanyl crisis. This agreement will lead to the formation of a new collaborative operation between all four agencies focused on dismantling fentanyl trafficking and disrupting the supply of the deadly drug in the city by holding the operators of large-scale drug trafficking operations accountable."

Following this, Speaker Emerita Pelosi requested AG Merrick Garland to approve Operation Overdrive, in order to use federal backing to combat the crisis, District 6 Supervisor Matt Dorsey, also joined in this request. And in mid June, Speaker Emerita Pelosi noted it had been approved. In a press release she stated: "...the Department of Justice has approved an Operation Overdrive designation for San Francisco, which will soon unlock new federal resources to combat the City’s fentanyl trafficking epidemic."
SF Sheriff Dept. to Focus on Open-Air Drug Use and Dealing

In early June SF Sheriff Paul Miyamoto announced during a press conference that starting at the end of the month the Sheriff Department would be deploying 130 deputies in teams of 8 to arrest drug dealers and those using drugs in the open air in parts of the Tenderloin and SoMa over the next 6 months, with the goal of getting people into services. Following this, DA Jenkins noted that starting July 3, that upon a second arrest for drug use or dealing, a person is routed to Community Justice Center court system.
More Health & Safety News

If you missed our latest Mid Market Safety & Update, detailing the efforts of the Mid Market CBD, private sector organizations, and City, State and Federal agencies on issues undermining public health and safety in our District, please read it here.
Quarterly Clean & Safe Services Stats QTR 2
Events and Programs
More Than "2 Blocks of Art"
Returns for Its 10th Year!

After a pandemic hiatus, our 10th Annual 2 Blocks of Art returns this year - with even more art at more locations as More Than 2 Blocks of Art! Expanding from 6th Street onto Market, this event will feature Bay Area artists' work in various storefronts and on the exterior of buildings on Market Street from 5th to 8th Street. Put November 11-12 on the calendar, and check 2blocksofart.org for more information as the event approaches! Businesses and artists interested in exhibiting should contact: info@midmarketcbd.org.
Trivia Night!

Grab some friends, and head over to the new Trivia Night at the SSP Food Hall. Happening every Wednesday at 7pm, enjoy $1 wings, beer and other great bites, while testing what you know about current events, sports and more. Prizes for those in the know!
District Snapshot
A great day for a ride down Market Street! Cyclists and tourists wait for the light to turn green during a May 2023 spring day.