This month, we celebrate two outstanding Street Services team members who received honors as "Team Member of the Quarter" and "Team Member of the Month!"
Andrew Valenzuela - Outstanding Team Member of the Quarter
Cleaning Ambassador Andrew Valenzuela has been with the CBD Services Team since April 2020. Andrew hit the ground running when he joined the CBD and is known for positively encouraging his teammates, his dedication and punctuality, and overall good nature on the job!
Andrew is always taking pride to keep our district clean and is recognized by district residents as one of the many friendly faces from our team. In the photo above, taken on Andrew's first day on the job, he painstakingly re-touched City fixtures to ensure everything looked as new as possible. Congratulations to Andrew on his award as Outstanding Team Member of the Quarter!
Faafouina "Moe" Tioifili - Team Member of the Month
Moe has been with the CBD serving as a Team Lead since December 2020. However, Mo is a seasoned professional when it comes to street services, as he was a fill-in services member for various CBDs in the City since 2019. When a spot opened up in The East Cut, Moe was contacted immediately and, despite a competing offer from another CBD, The East Cut was lucky to have Moe join its services team!
Moe has displayed excellent teamwork, leadership, punctuality, and willingness to go above and beyond for the East Cut District. His hard work and dedication have consistently gained him notice from his peers and Operations Manager. The CBD is very lucky to have Moe on its team!
New Businesses Open in The East Cut! While Neighborhood Favorites Expand Under Yellow Tier
The East Cut CBD is delighted to share news of several new businesses opening their door to our community this month, along with expanded seating and reopenings for some district favorites!
Dinner and Brunch at Town Hall
We are very pleased to announce the reopening of Town Hall at 342 Howard St.! The restaurant is open for dinner and brunch and continues to offer beautiful outdoor seating where guests can enjoy the public open space's greenery and art. Read more about menus on the restaurant's website.
Dinner: Tuesday-Saturday, 5:00PM—9:00PM
Brunch: Saturday-Sunday, 11AM—3PM
342 Howard St.
Grab a sun-drenched seat on Avery Lane at 420 Folsom St. and enjoy a premium Flat White and some healthy, Aussie-style café fare. Visit Bluestone Lane for a radiant breakfast, lunch, or an indulgent snack throughout the day. Some of the notable dishes include Gluten-Free Banana Bread topped with whipped ricotta, toasted pecans, fresh banana & berries, Avocado Smash paired with heirloom tomatoes, feta, and a delicately poached egg, and the house-made granola w/ fresh berries and citrus curd. Also featured: Bluestone Lane’s award-winning premium coffee, wellness drinks, signature cold-pressed juices, and organic teas.
Natoma Cabana is now open and offering indoor service at 50% capacity and continues to offer outdoor seating on Natoma St. The reopening of bars in San Francisco is a major step forward for the CIty and our neighborhood, and the CBD is thrilled to finally welcome back this beloved happy hour spot for area employees and residents in our district!
Say hello to the newest fitness studio in The East Cut, now open on Avery Lane at 422 Folsom St.!
TruFusion has everything you will ever need. Located within walking distance of Salesforce Park and around the corner from Facebook and Google, they offer 4 heated and unheated fitness studios under 1 roof. Try Yoga, Barre, Cycle, Boxing, Bootcamp, Battle Ropes, HIIT, Kettlebell, Pilates, and more. Sign up to get the latest news, and we’ll see you on the mat.
Kinetic Playground is a fitness studio on Folsom and is now looking to hire new trainers! Are you looking to have the freedom to run your own business in a clean, spacious, positive energy environment? Give Mario a call or drop your resume at 566 Folsom St.
The East Cut CBD is proud to count Kinetic Playground as part of its community and has had the chance to work with the fitness studio on multiple occasions; Kinetic Playground is a great business to be part of.
International Smoke Is Back at 301 Mission with Indoor Dining!
International Smoke is now open, as of this week! They're firing up the smokers, plating your favorite flavor-packed dishes, and shaking (and stirring) cocktails to celebrate the reopening of indoor dining at the 301 Mission St. location. Now let's get saucy!
There is a new group in the neighborhood called the Rincon Hill Toastmasters. Toastmasters is an international nonprofit organization working to improve public speaking, communication, and leadership skills and is a great way to build on your professional development goals. The next Toastmasters meeting, which will be held on Wednesday, May 26th, at 4-5pm, will have the main topic "Mastering Stage Presence". If you are interested in joining the group or attending this meeting, feel free to contact the group organizer, Norma Walden, at email@example.com for more details and to receive the Zoom meeting link. Cheers!
Join a Growing Team of Public Tour Docents and Volunteer Reasearchers!
This spring and summer, The East Cut CBD is inviting our community to join in the creation and promotion of walking tours in the neighborhood! As the home to incredible artwork, public spaces, plants, and buildings, The East Cut CBD is creating a series of neighborhood tours based on four different themes: public art, hidden places, Salesforce Park horticulture, and architecture. You can support this effort by joining a growing group of residents who are volunteering for The East Cut CBD as a researcher or docent!
Free Rides, Subsidized Rides, and More through LimeBike!
The East Cut CBD has partnered with Lime to provide access to affordable, reliable, and low-carbon transportation. Try Lime to get outside and explore the East Cut! Via the links below, learn about Lime Aid, Lime Access, and Lime Able - three special programs that provide subsidized rides as well as ride options for disabled persons so everyone who is interested in low-carbon transportation can enjoy it!
Lime Aid: Lime offers free rides of 30 minutes up to five times a day for public health, safety, and other essential workers. More information can be found here and to sign up, fill out this form. Lime Access: Lime offers free rides of 30 minutes up to five times a day for folks who qualify for local, state, or federally funded programs through this program. If you feel you qualify or need more info, please visit our Lime Access page here. Lime Able: Lime offers free delivery and use of its fleet of adaptive vehicles for those with unique mobility needs via its Lime Able program. For more info and to reserve a vehicle, please visit this page.
Lime is also in the process of building out its free helmet program. Lime is currently distributing free helmets via the Lime Able program, at events, and through direct requests!
News coverage featuring our storied neighborhood - from the people who live and work here, to the public spaces and merchants that attract visitors near and far.
Updated Site Plans for Block 3 Park!
The fourth community meeting for the Transbay Block 3 Park was held on April 29th. Updated site plans were presented and the full presentation can be viewed here. Though the Community Feedback Survey closed Thursday, May 13th, the CBD encourages all residents to view the updated Site Plans to familiarize themselves with the project's evolution.
CBD Launches Public Tours Project with First Walkshop
On Wednesday, April 28th, The East Cut CBD conducted its first neighborhood public tours WalkShop! An inaugural group of residents set out to learn about art, architecture, and hidden spaces in the district as part of an on-boarding process to becoming a volunteer researcher or docent for the upcoming Public Tours program launching this summer. If you are interested in joining a future WalkShop, visit this page to express interest.
Updates on Community Garden, Temporary Transbay Terminal Activation, and more!
The East Cut CBD has launched several news pages on our website where project updates are posted on a monthly basis regarding important projects impacting our district. These include the construction of a Community Garden on Essex Street, the temporary activation of the Temporary Transbay Terminal, and the activation of vacant retails spaces such as the Zen Garden open now at The Mira. Visit our news section to view these pages and stay informed about how each project is evolving!
East Cut Featured in Vibemap
In case you missed last month's newsletter, The East Cut was profiled in Vibemap! Vibemap is a city-discovery map designed to connect people to experiences and locations that match their vibe. The East Cut's got its own featured page with curated places to discover sorted by vibes such as buzzing, togetherness, oldschool, and quietenergy. Each category of vibe lists examples of where to go in the community. To read the full profile of the district, click here.
For 2021, The East Cut CBD is taking the opportunity to highlight a placemaking theme each month. This month, our focus is on placemaking and wayfinding. Next month, we will be looking at active parks, green and privately owned public open spaces. You can find a list of prior articles here. If you have any comments, questions, or concerns related to these topics, please connect with us through email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Home Designs That Define Our Global Cities
Cities are often defined by the people and the culture that they encompass, and sometimes by their aesthetic however, a lot can also be said from a city’s home design. More specifically, floor plans of homes can actually help explain the way people in a city live and how they have shaped the design and architecture of the surrounding neighborhood. Or, perhaps even vice versa: how the design and architecture in a city have shaped the way its people live.
Digging even deeper, the interior architecture and floor plans of homes can also work to reflect a city’s history. One example is the steep staircases in Amsterdam that reflect the city’s long history as a merchant port, in which maximizing floor space to store goods was common. That being said, in most places, specific floor plans tend to recur again and again; this gives a city its character and even helps in molding the concept of what a home should look like in a certain area.
In the same regard, San Francisco can be defined and characterized by its city pattern and home designs. Along with the city’s well-known architectural styles, such as Victorian townhouses and Gothic Revival skyscrapers, the interior plan of these buildings can also point to the city’s history as an earthquake-prone location from the way buildings are structured, among other things. Overall, San Francisco and other cities definitely have distinct and telling features both from the outside and from the inside.
Seven Examples of Placemaking in San Francisco and the Bay Area
Placemaking is the fine-grain detail cities deploy to create a stronger sense of community and identity, one the Bay Area leverages in many forms. From signage that provokes curiosity and street art that incites change, to urban greening projects and parklet programs that rapidly flourish in a neighborhood, San Francisco and surrounding Bay Area cities continue to evolve and form unique identities.
The parklet program, one great placemaking example, was born in San Francisco and is now a staple of streetscapes across this city and others around the globe. Parklets not only alter the city’s look but also provide another means of community engagement. Similar to the parklet program, another placemaking initiative is Sunday Streets: events where parts of streets are closed off and turned into temporary public spaces for walking, cycling, and other community activities. This initiative is yet another great example of how placemaking can be used to encourage movement and cohesion in a community; closed-off streets are now not only an expected physical aspect to see throughout the city but also a way that the city promotes the well-being of its residents.
The East Cut, with its own Sunday Streets blocks and an expanding parklet program, still sees a great opportunity at the now-vacant Temporary Transbay Terminal site. We envision activation on the block that will infuse new vibrancy into our neighborhood. Moreover, these initiatives deepen community bonds and facilitate community building, support local residents and retailers, and strengthen the overall identity of our district.