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Shared Spaces

Helping San Francisco’s Chinatown Pivot To Success


Chinatown is notably one of San Francisco’s most densely populated neighborhoods, full of rich history, art, and locally owned businesses. On any given day, people travel from far and wide to the intersection of Bush Street and Grant Avenue and enter the Dragon’s Gate, a San Francisco landmark, and one of the most photographed gateways in the city.

“Grant Avenue is probably one of the most picturesque streets in San Francisco, said Eva Lee, who runs the Chinatown Merchants Association. “How many places do you see with this type of architecture? said Eva.” From the Pagoda topped building, to the red lanterns – even the Old St. Mary’s Cathedral is just very historic along this open walkway. Grant Street used to be called Dupont, and then they changed it to Ulysses Grant after the president”.

 

Livable City has repurposed our efforts from hosting our usual Sunday Streets and directed some of our resources to support economic growth in Chinatown. On August 1st, we supported the launch of San Francisco’s first “Chinatown Walkway Weekends,” which happens every Saturday and Sunday from 11 am-5 pm and closes off Grant Ave, from Bush Street to California Street to car traffic. This activation will continue until September 20th.

The street closure is also part of the City’s Shared Spaces program, which is geared towards the economic recovery of our locally owned small businesses. The program allows for outdoor dining, retail. Other benefits include increased space for pedestrians and cyclists to move more safely through neighborhoods. [ … Continue Reading]


SOMA Pop-Up

Sunday Streets SOMA Pop-up


August 24th, 2020 | Press Release: Weekly Sunday Streets Pop-Up In SoMa Kicks Off To Support Residents and Small Business.


Legislation

Density Reform Ordinance will Preserve Rental Units and Encourage Affordable Housing


San Franciscans love our neighborhoods. We also want to provide more permanently affordable housing and protect our neighbors from displacement. How do we conserve what we love about our neighborhoods, while making them welcoming for people of diverse incomes, households, ages, and physical abilities?
The density reform ordinance proposed by Supervisor Mandelman offers a path forward. Livable City worked with the supervisor to craft legislation giving thousands of existing affordable and rent-stabilized units a path to legalization, which will increase housing security for thousands of San Francisco households. It will also ease creation of new affordable homes and residential care facilities compatible with our neighborhoods' scale and character.

This ordinance is tentatively scheduled to be heard by the Board of Supervisors Land Use and Transportation Committee sometime after Labor Day. Please contact your supervisor and let them know you support Supervisor Mandelman's “density reform for affordable and authorized units” legislation (file #190757).

Read more about the density reform legislation here: Density Reform Ordinance will Preserve Rental Units and Encourage Affordable Housing.

Thank you for your advocacy!


Partners

Listos California


Livable City has partnered with Listos California to promote disaster preparedness, COVID-19 testing and provide masks to District 10 residents.
 
If you are a District 10 resident, participate by filling out this form and receive a COVID-19 Preparedness Kit including a designer mask from Belle Noire Accessories#CuteAndCovered!


Virtual Happenings

#FridayFeature: What's Open SF


Tune in to our weekly What's Open SF and participate by commenting with your favorite small business for a chance to win a $25 gift card (sponsored by Sonic). A great way to find new favorite spots and support local small businesses.

What's Open SF is on TwitterFacebook and Instagram.
•  ICYMI: Past What's Open SF #FeatureFriday videos are available for later viewing here.

Healthy Living


Join us for Healthy Living, our virtual wellness sessions on Saturdays. Open to all levels and it does not require any equipment, except making time to take care of yourself! Let’s take care of ourselves, and stay healthy. (Available in English, and Spanish)
•  ICYMI: Healthy Living videos are available for later viewing here.

#ThursdayThoughts


Mark your calendars for our weekly series #ThursdayThoughts: a lunchtime chat with local guests every week. Join the conversation!
•  ICYMI: Past #ThursdayThoughts videos are available for later viewing here.


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