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As We Begin 2016, A Look Back At A Transformative Year for Central Market

As we forge ahead in 2016, we look back at the many developments in the works in and at the edge of the District. Among the 38 featured locales are notable arts venues like ACT's Strand Theater, boutique hotels, residential buildings, and state-of-the-art office spaces such as Dolby's headquarters. Enjoy this interactive map, courtesy of Curbed SF, which provides an overview of the ways Central Market is transforming before our very eyes. 

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Discarded waste make sidewalks impassable, presenting a public safety hazzard.
Clean Team respond, properly disposing of waste in collaboration with Department of Public Works. The area is sanitized, rendering it safe for the public.

Trained Community Guides check on the well being of a man in need of assistance. Working with SF's Homeless Outreach Team, Community Guides link those in need with available services.


Market Street Prototyping Accepts Submissions

Throughout Quarter 1, the Market Street Prototyping Festival held an open call for creative project proposals. A collaboration of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and San Francisco Planning Department, the next Market Street Prototyping Festival will be held in October of 2016, bringing 30 prototypes to a 1.5 mile stretch of Market Street.

Vision Zero

In January, San Francisco was selected as one of ten U.S. Cities to be part of modeling the Vision Zero Initiative policy in the country. The Vision Zero initiative in San Francisco seeks to eliminate all traffic deaths by 2024. Officials and policy makers from the ten cities will work together to share best practices in order to shape policy. Read about the Focus Cities on Streetsblog SF. In March, Hoodline and SF Chronicle reported traffic deaths have yet to reduce despite efforts.

Bike Share Expansion

In March, Bay Area Bike Share announced a major expansion throughout the Bay Area, with 72 new locations in San Francisco. The Bike Share, which first began to sprout along Market Street, will now also be entering neighboring districts like Civic Center and the Tenderloin. Read more about he expansion on SF Gate and SF Examiner.

Pete's To Lease Commercial Space At 1400 Mission

In March, Hoodline cited SF Planning documents to support news that Peet's Coffee signed a lease for the ground floor retail space at 1400 Mission Street. Other possible commercial tenants include Jimmy Johns and Fed Ex.

1066 Market Street

In March, SF Business Times reported the project received approval from the San Francisco Planning Department. Construction is slated to begin sometime in the fourth quarter of

Trinity Place, 8th and Market

In February, the SF Chronicle reported on the latest renderings
for the Trinity Place project underway at 8th and Market Streets, just across from the Orpheum Theatre. The project, which is being designed by Arquitectonica of Miami allots for a two-story grocery, over 1000 apartments and several stacked slabs which include a dramatic cantilevered section. 

Uber Expands Office Space at 1455 Market

Uber leased an additional 48,876 square feet at 1455 Market Street, a space previously occupied by Bank of America and Rocket Fuel, according to the SF Business Times. The company is said to have tripled it's number of
employees between 2014 and 2015.

1125 Mission Street

In December of 2015, plans to convert the 36,000-square-foot boarded parking garage at 1125 Mission Street (between 7th and 8th Streets) into a tech space passed a hurdle when they were granted exception from an environmental review, according to Socket Site.



Old Mint, SF History Days

Just as the first quarter of 2016 began, the San Francisco Office of Economic and Workforce Development (SFOEWD) was busy sorting through an open call for a new lead partner to activate the space
as it begins anew. In March, the Old Mint transformed into pop-up museum, with historians, organizations and others sharing in San Francisco's rich cultural lore as part of SF History Days. Just as Quarter 1 came to a close, SFOEWD announced the California Historical Society as the Lead Community Partner in the Old Mint Restoration Project. Stay tuned for more cultural programming at this iconic SF landmark.

Epicenter-sf Community Open House

In February,, a project of the CMCBD, held their first Open House. The event space was donated by The Hall/1028 Market Street team and Equator Coffees provided pastry and teas. Underscoring Epicenter-sf's commitment to promoting Central Market and connecting its stakeholders, attendance was comprised of an eclectic mix of area stakeholders. Representatives from City agencies, nonprofits, arts organizations, residents, businesses and develoeprs all became more acquainted during the Epicenter-sf human bingo game. Read a bit more about it here.

2016 St. Patrick's Day Parade & Festival

SF's St. Patrick's Day Parade & Festival is one of the city's oldest cultural events. Marking its 165th anniversary, the parade set Market Street awash in the green, white, and orange of the Irish tricolour. Despite the threat of rain, the parade wound along up Market Street from 2nd Street to Civic Center Plaza. This year's festivities commemorated the centennial anniversary of the Easter Rising of 1916, a seminal event in Ireland's push for full independence from the United Kingdom.


Super Bowl 50

In February, Super Bowl 50 brought more than a week of festivity to the Bay Area, including the Super Bowl City and the NFL Fan Village. While the main staging area for the events bordered the District, their affect rippled throughout the area, bringing multitudes of visitors from all over the Bay Area and beyond to take part in the action. Through the 50 Fund, this Super Bowl followed through on its pledge to be the most giving one to date.




Immaculately lit for an evening event, we can look forward to a new era of the Old Mint. Thank you for keeping the District beautiful.

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