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Quarter 4 2022 Recap
District News
Mid Market CBD Brings the Robin Williams Mural Back to Market Street!

We’re excited to announce the Robin Williams mural by street artist Cobre has returned to Market Street!

Knowing how much the original mural was beloved by locals and visitors, the Mid Market Community Benefit District identified a storefront and worked with the property owner, the artist and the City's Community Challenge Grant to bring this piece back to Mid Market. The original was demolished, along with the building it was painted on, in 2019. A very special thanks to the owner of 1055 Market Street and to the Community Challenge Grant program for helping us add this much needed vibrancy to the sidewalk.
Circus Bella Delights Audiences at Mint Plaza

Circus Bella delighted guests -- from the young to the young-at-heart -- at two free performances sponsored by Mid Market Community Benefit District in October. We were delighted to see the faces of neighborhood children light up as Circus Bella flipped, flopped and flew! Photos from the Mint Plaza performances can be found here.
Streetscape, Economic & Development News
Better Market Street Phase 1 Construction Underway

Better Market Street work is ramping up after the late December work to project 90 trees along the Phase 1 corridor. Esquivel Construction, under the direction of SFMTA and Public Works, will complete the work. MMCBD staff continues to work closely with the project's sponsors to ensure the least amount of disruption to District members and visitors as possible during downtown's efforts to recover from the pandemic.
6th Street Redesign Work Continues & Temporary Wayfinding Signage Installed

Large, wayfinding signs have been installed along 6th Street to assist pedestrians and motorists between Market and Howard during the Pedestrian Safety Project. Esquivel Construction is also leading this project on behalf of Public Works and SFMTA. 'Open for Business' signs have also been installed at several businesses to improve visibility during construction. If you have a business along this stretch and would like individual business signage or have any other project related questions please reach out to us.

See Explore6th.org for more of where to visit along 6th Street.
469 Stevenson Project Looks to Get Green Light This Year

Last year the proposed building at 469 Stevenson (where the Planning Commissioned had ok'ed the EIR followed by the Board of Supervisors overturning it) may rise after all. The San Francisco Chronicle provided an update in December, after the story broke, that the new EIR went in front of the Planning Commission and they'll vote on it early this year, and that it will likely win approval as "it faces almost no opposition."
Additional Tenant In the Works for IKEA building

The forthcoming Market Street IKEA is slated to open this year; and it looks as though co-working space company Industrious may be joining them on the building's top floor according the San Francisco Business Times. According to Ikea parent company Ingka Centres' site, they're looking to "[create] a unique concept that will be a mix of retail offer, office space, food & beverage, entertainment and digital experiences."
Quarterly Clean & Safe Services Stats QTR 4
Events and Programs
IAMA Events: Concerts, Art Shows & More

The International Arts Museum of America hosts and ongoing calendar of events such as the candlelight concert series and a monthly, virtual children's story time, among other community and arts-based events and ongoing gallery shows. See their calendar for what's coming up.
A.C.T. 2022-2023 Season Continues at Strand Theater

The next play hitting the A.C.T. stage at the Strand Theater is the second part of playwright Qui Nguyen’s "kickass hip-hop trilogy about a Vietnamese family who swapped war-torn Saigon for rural ’70s Arkansas": "Poor Yella Rednecks Vietgone 2." Years have passed, and the original protagonists are now married with a "a son struggling with English, and rumors of old flames." No need to have seen part one to enjoy part two; on stage this March.
District Beauty
Creative kaleidoscopes of colors -- these beautiful mandalas at RAMS can be seen through the non-profit's wonderfully transparent storefront (Market at 9th Street) next door to Ananda Fuara.