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Quarter 3 2022 Recap
District News
LINE Hotel Opens & Food Options Announced

The LINE SF - the 236-room hotel at 33 Turk - opened at the end of September! Before the doors opened they shared some of the food and amenities to come, such as a rooftop solarium and some delicious spots to eat. Eater SF notes there will be four options: "A ground-floor restaurant called Tenderheart, a rooftop bar and restaurant dubbed Rise Over Run, a more classic hotel bar called Dark Bar, and, lastly, an outpost of Los Angeles’ highly Instagrammable Alfred Coffee."
KQED Features Thrasher's New Short Film on Famous SF Skate Spot

Skateboarders in SF know the famous spots, but one area's allure is the focus in new short film from Thrasher, whose store is at 66 6th St. The KQED Arts & Culture article notes, "It's an interesting local history and urban geography lesson—even if skate videos aren't normally your thing."
NPR Highlights U.S.'s Only Filipino Punk Festival at 6th Street's Bindlestiff Studio

Aklasan Fest returned after a 2-year pandemic hiatus with 15 Filipino punk bands for a raucous good time! NPR highlighted the only event of its kind in the US in a feature, with event photographer Justin Katigbak  noting: "Being the only Filipino punk show in the nation in itself is special. The festival is carving its path and place in the punk scene, surrounded by a robust and tight-knit community who cares about the music and the people."
Success of The Panoramic as Supportive Housing Highlights Other Buildings Lacking

A recent San Francisco Chronicle article highlights the success of the Panoramic Hotel being turned into supportive housing, with residents also receiving supportive care, noting "The hotel in the South of Market neighborhood has three case managers who are available to meet with residents every day, a relationship that Batton [a resident] said has been crucial for her path forward." However, the article goes on to state that's not the case for those in older buildings: "In new buildings, tenants receive far more help to move on from their time on the streets, while those in the older housing units continue to struggle in understaffed, underfunded and dilapidated buildings."
CHEFS Program at New Mercy and Episcopal Building

Episcopal Community Services announced their supportive housing project, co-developed with Mercy Housing, will feature the CHEFS program, which "empowers people experiencing extreme poverty to train and become employed in commercial kitchens. We are looking forward to the opening of the new, state-of-the-art CHEFS Kitchen at 1064 Mission soon!"
Economic Development News
Now is the Time to Secure Retail Space in Mid Market

Foot traffic is returning and retail spaces are filling-in between Mid Market anchors IKEA and the Market on Market.

Even with the reduced number of office workers in the area on a regular basis:
-Theater audience numbers are booming
-Hotel rooms are booked
-New residential projects are leasing up and the transit-rich area is waking up! What's more, the District is bookended by regional transit stations (Powell and Civic Center), providing convenient access for shoppers and employees.

See what retail space remains HERE. And don't forget to download a copy of our Marketing Brochure.
Streetscape News
6th Street Redesign Work Continues and Better Market Street Commences

Both the 6th Street Redesign Project Project and the Better Market Street Project are being completed by Esquivel Construction under the direction of SFMTA and Public Works. Esquivel is attempting to work quickly and efficiently to reduce impacts to pedestrians, cyclists, motorists and the local business community during downtown's recovery. The 6th Street work to improve pedestrian safety is underway and will continue through 2024. Market Street work (between 5th and 8th streets) has recently started, and the future of the Project remains in flux due to post-pandemic changes in the use of Market Street and the balancing of City-wide transit priorities amidst funding constraints and high construction costs. For questions, please contact MMCBD and we will connect you with the appropriate respondent.
Board of Supervisors Approves Live Security Camera Access Pilot Program

In September, the Board of Supervisors voted (7-4) to approve SFPD access to live footage of private security cameras in certain circumstances, if the camera owners authorize access; the San Francisco Chronicle notes: "[SF] police can request up to 24 hours of access to live surveillance video in three circumstances: to respond to a life-threatening emergency, to decide how to deploy officers during a large event with public safety concerns, and to conduct a criminal investigation."
New Trashcans 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 Targeted with New Permit System

The City rolled out a new permitting system in June for street vendors in an effort to clamp down on the proliferation unpermitted vendors, some selling food without proper sanitation practices and others selling stolen merchandise. Education and enforcement are underway but currently require personnel from three City-agencies to be present together when removing an unpermitted vendor: the Department of Public Health, the SF Police Department and Public Works.
Streetscape News
More City Information
Business Focused: Grants & 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 have to apply for the legislated program by November 1. Note: 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.
And SF Environment recently shared information on their EnergyAccess program: businesses can get "a free energy assessment and then get connected to energy rebates and zero or low-interest financing." More information here.
Events and Programs
Skybridge on Stevenson Returns!

The popular Skybridge on Stevenson Thursday evening events have returned! Running through November 17, these events welcome all ages and feature DJs, dance performances, and food offerings; including Stevenson Street's own Montesacro!
Spooktacular: The Terror Vault Haunted House Returns

Just in time for the spooky season, The Terror Vault has returned to The Old Mint. Those-who-dare can visit the haunted house for an immersive experience known as "The Summoning."
Undiscovered Is Back!

The beloved Filipino market is back this year for an all day event (noon-6pm) with DJs, shopping, food and more. Happening October 22, the event spans various locations throughout the Mid Market area, see their site for more information on what's happening where.
Root Division 20 Year Anniversary Art Auction

District arts organization Root Division's annual auction takes place October 20. The hybrid event features the art in their gallery and online biding options; they note "Proceeds directly benefit local artists, free art classes for Bay Area youth, and the continued success of Root Division’s unique model for keeping artists working at the heart of San Francisco." See their site for more information.
District Beauty
Creativity Explored shares a snap of "I Love Flowers" by artist Elana Cooper and Kevin Roach's "Eyes": "exhibited together in the of Hudson Pacific's 901 Market building to reflect the changing seasons of summer into fall."