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Small Businesses: We Need Your Help!

As you know, the Lower Polk is a vibrant urban gem right here in the middle of San Francisco. However, some of our smaller (and larger) merchants and businesses have expressed concern over displacement and related issues. If you are a small business / merchant, please attend one of these upcoming focus groups. Your input will help the City help you. Here are the dates:

Lower Polk’s Bonayo.org Recognized as Finalist in Fast Company Competition

Lower Polk’s Own Bonayo.org Recognized as Finalist in Fast Company’s World Changing Ideas Competition The free web app was selected out of over 2000 entries. April 19, 2019 – SAN FRANCISCO, California – Bonayo.org (“Bonayo”), a free SF311 analysis, mapping, and notification web app, was recognized by Fast Company magazine as a finalist in its prestigious Third Annual World Changing Ideas competition. The competition attracted

2019-05-31T22:36:17-07:00April 8th, 2019|Categories: Blog, News, Projects|Tags: , , , , , , |

Join Our Summer Wine Walk!

The Lower Polk Community Benefit District, The Polk District Merchants Association and Steven Restivo Event Services, Inc. are hosting the 3rd Annual Polk Street Summer Wine Walk on Thursday, July 19th, 2018 from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM. The tasting event will include merchants offering wine samples inside their stores throughout Polk Street from Post to Filbert Streets.  We will also have a free cable car

2018-06-14T15:08:58-07:00June 13th, 2018|Categories: Blog, Events, News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

We Won the 2018 NEN Award for Best CBD!

We are honored and humbled to have won the prestigious 2018 NEN Award for Best Community Benefit District! Here is more information about NEN: In 2007, an alliance of residents, neighborhood and merchant associations, nonprofits and faith–based organizations, foundations and academic institutions was created around a simple mission, empowering the neighborhoods of San Francisco with the capacity to steward themselves to a resilient condition.  The

2018-12-31T10:22:37-07:00January 18th, 2018|Categories: Events, News, Projects|Tags: , , , , |

Graffiti Calls Down 36 Percent in Our District

We are happy to report that calls for graffiti abatement are down 36 percent in The Lower Polk Community Benefit District! We recently used a mapping/data-analysis program entitled "Carto" to crunch through San Francisco's "311 calls" for graffiti abatement. The (megabytes of) raw data is publicly accessible here: https://data.sfgov.org/City-Infrastructure/311-Cases/vw6y-z8j6/data. Our findings were interesting, and certainly prove that we are doing something right. While graffiti abatement calls

2018-12-31T10:27:36-07:00November 21st, 2017|Categories: Blog, News, Programs|Tags: , , , , |

New Hemlock Alley Mural (TL;DR It’s Awesome!)

"Lower Polk has a new mural on Hemlock Alley well worth the visit. Six local artists adhering to the theme, “San Francisco – Its History and Its Diversity,” created a 140 foot mural, helping to transform Hemlock Alley from a back street to a vibrant, enlivened place that pays tribute to the culture of the city. "Lower Polk Neighbors, in collaboration with the Lower Polk

2018-12-31T10:36:26-07:00October 7th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Events, News, Projects|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Mirrored Mylar Forest-Field: Pedestrian Safety

  On September 15th, 2017 For Park(ing) day 2017, INTERSTICE Architects created an interactive Park(ing) Day installation on Polk Street at Hemlock Alley.  Visitors experienced the wind-activated Mirrored Mylar Forest-Field (see pics below) to explore questions of pedestrian safety and share their experiences of being a San Francisco pedestrian. Which spaces are prioritized for pedestrians?  Where is there room for improvement?   Recording individual experiences as

2017-09-27T19:55:34-07:00September 27th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Events, News, Programs, Projects|Tags: , , , , , , |

Austin Alley Updates

Austin, as it currently appears. Photo: Courtesy of Carrie Sisto/HOODLINE. The city is accepting public comment on plans to improve Austin Alley as part of the Polk Streetscape project. The plans were presented by the San Francisco Department of Public Works to a meeting of the Lower Polk Neighbors on August 9th. “The concept presented at the meeting is pretty close to the final

2017-08-19T15:56:35-07:00August 19th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Events, News, Projects|Tags: , , , |

Hemlock Alley Mural Unveiling

Please join us in celebration of the largest and newest mural in the Lower Polk Community Benefit District! Hemlock Alley between Polk & Larkin Thursday, September 7th 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm Join us in the unveiling of six large- scale murals by a diverse, talented group of local artists, unified around the theme: San Francisco: Its History and its Diversity This ambitious, large-scale mural project

Polk Street Summer Wine Walk!

UPDATE: 8/7/2017 - Polk Street Summer Wine Walk map added. Polk Street Summer Wine Walk! Thursday, August 10th, 2017 4 – 8 PM Polk Street ~ Jackson to Post Streets San Francisco, CA The Lower Polk Community Benefit District, The Polk District Merchants Association and Steven Restivo Event Services, Inc. are hosting the 2nd Annual Polk Street Summer Wine Walk on Thursday, August 10th, 2017 from 4:00 PM to 8:00

2017-08-07T12:38:57-07:00August 7th, 2017|Categories: Blog, Events, News|Tags: , , , , , , |
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