The potential of San Francisco’s Central Market Street includes:
• Unique space for creative workers in a transit-rich neighborhood
• A permanent place for new arts to take hold
• A safe “24 hour downtown,” convenient to all of The City and the entire Bay Area
The additional people that these presences will bring to the street --- throughout the entire day --- will tip the balance of street activity to safety.
There is one looming problem to creating an enduring unique district --- Find out here!
The benefits of what is there now
Central Market Street is a commercial street serving the transit needs of the center of The City. It runs past SOMA and Tenderloin, but is distinct and separate.
“Market Street itself is arguably the most transit-intensive street on the West Coast,” points out the Central Market Community Benefit District. “Central Market is connected to the rest of the region by two BART stations and to the rest of the city by the MUNI Metro system, both at Civic Center and Powell stations, also at least 20 bus lines.”
The commercial buildings range from pre-earthquake to mid-century modern, from two story to high rise. The remains of the pre-TV days survive in the form of three theaters operating successfully for live entertainment and two partially demolished ones serving as porno places. There are also two unused theaters.
• Central Market St includes the Theater district, it provides access to SOMA, the cutting-edge bar, arts and restaurant district. It touches the regions best shopping district.
The problems of what is there now
• It also touches on The Tenderloin and Sixth St neighborhoods, which are zoned not to change, are not going away. This will always be a detriment as compared with other neighborhoods in The City. When the economy takes a dip, other neighborhoods will lure tenants and owners away from Central Market.
• The creation of a sanctuary for "gentlemen of leisure" (troubled homeless men) north of Central Market and on Sixth St has made the street unattractive for women shoppers and workers --- and scary for tourists.
More about residents and artists is HERE
• Preventing drivers from using Market Street from Eleventh to Fifth Streets to access parking garages has further tightened the screws against Central Market businesses and owners.
More about cars is HERE
Who needs it?
Central Market is attracting tech. The idea behind this report is that a 24 hour district is necessary to create an attractive street scene. Even with the tech habit of making work spaces self contained worlds, workers and visitors must use Market Street at least twice a day.
Conversely, Market St transit can bring shoppers, visitors and entertainment seekers for most of the day to populate the street if there exists a reason to be there.