East Cut Plants Dying at An Alarming Rate - Help Keep The East Cut Green
A friendly reminder for neighborhood dog owners: Please do not allow your dogs to urinate on plants or trees. Dog urine is toxic to plants and also makes it difficult to plant new ones. Along the residential section of Folsom Street, property owners and the City have had to replace close to ten trees in the past 2 years! This makes our neighborhood's tree canopy grow unequally as some trees are maturing alongside newly planted trees. More acceptable locations to allow dogs to urinate are on anything non-living. Thank you for doing your part to keep The East Cut clean and vibrant for all!
5 More Bigbelly Trash Receptacles Installed in The East Cut, Bringing Total to 10!
Earlier this week, the City removed five standard cans from The East Cut to make way for Bigbelly trash receptacles. This latest addition to the district's Bigbelly cache brings the total to ten cans for our community. The locations of the Bigbellies were chosen through a process that combined resident and property manager feedback with data collected from the Service Team, identifying "high need" intersections.The new decal wraps serve as wayfinding elements encouraging passers-by to identify and hopefully visit the nearest green space to them. We hope you enjoy the addition of more "smart" "cans" to our neighborhood!
With San Francisco in the Purple Tier, some businesses are allowed to reopen and expand their services. The East Cut's small businesses continue to hurt from the absence of tens of thousands of employees and count on your patronage to make it through the year. Your support of our community's small businesses in turn supports the long-term vibrancy of the neighborhood - thank you!
Try One Twenty for Hair for Your Next Haircut
Edith and Marco Paz, long-term owners of One Twenty for Hair and pillars of the local business community, welcome you back to their salon on Main Street! If you prefer at-home appointments to squeeze in a haircut in between Zoom meetings, call 415-543-280 to arrange a time.
155 Main Street
Open Monday to Friday, from 10AM-7PM
Pre-pandemic, hundreds of customers visited Dragon Eats and lined up on Folsom Street to get one of the most affordable lunch items in the neighborhood! Today, the lack of traffic is putting Dragon Eats at risk of permanent closure and we hope you will feel inspired to try their delicious Vietnamese sandwiches and bowls for lunch.
555 Folsom Street
Open Monday to Friday, from 10AM-4PM
The Wagyu Sampler pack is perfect for a delectable home-cooked Valentine’s Day meal complete with four pieces of two-ounce cuts from various prefectures. Priced at $200 and available for purchase HERE. The order is delivered with a card from chef Zimmerman and QR code featuring cooking directions, wine pairing suggestions, and more.
GOZU’s Pastry Chef Ethel Koh is also offering a Valentine’s Day Bento Cookie Box with 24 cookies total: Wagyu Tallow Chocolate Chip, Palmier, Meyer Lemon + Browned Butter Shortbread, and Cornflake (6 cookies of each type). Order HERE.
The Valentine's Caviar Kit includes Kaluga Caviar (1oz), Toasted Shokupan (Japanese milk bread), Roasted Wagyu Horseradish Creme Fraiche, Seaweed, and Chives. Order HERE.
This Valentine’s Day, Ayesha Curry and Chef Mina offer a Valentine’s Day Box For Twoall weekend long. The special box offers a four-course taste of the best of International Smoke: Heart Beet with burrata cheese, toasted hazelnuts, arugula, and aged balsamic; Love Potion No. 9 with Maine lobster, Thai coconut soup, radish, cilantro, tofu, and chili oil; True Love with petite filet mignon, crab fried rice, long beans, king mushrooms, and au poivre sauce; and Cupid’s Arrow with Valrhona chocolate devil’s food cake, white & dark chocolate crispy pearls, and vanilla bean whipped cream.
A special Bake at Home Cheese Fondue Kit will also be available to add on alongside a large-format Cupid's Blush Cocktail with vodka, elderflower, Meyer lemon, and rosé. Place your order for takeout and delivery here – the Fondue Kit will be available February 8-13 and as an add-on to the Box on the 14th; and the Valentine’s Day Box will be available February 12-14.
A luxurious Valentine’s Day Box of a six-course tasting feast highlights signature Mina dishes in elegant packaging, including Michael's Ahi Tuna Tartare with pine nut, Asian pear, and habanero-sesame oil; Ora King Salmon with pineapple, caper, and heart of palm; Maine Lobster Thermidor with Delta asparagus, morel, and Sancerre butter; Roasted Chicken with Périgord truffle, pommes purée, and lovage; Yemenite Spice Dry Aged Ribeye with salsify, cipollini onion, and black olive; and Trio of Panna Cotta with strawberry, blood orange, and chocolate-caramel. Also, for the entire week of Valentine’s Day (February 8-14), Mina Family Kitchen will offer a special Valentine’s Caviar Experience with The Caviar Co. alongside specially-curated wine bundles and a large format Cupid's Blush Cocktail with vodka, elderflower, Meyer lemon, and rosé.
One Market Restaurant will offer a delicious three-course Valentine’s Day menu on February 13th and 14th. The meal includes carrot soup or shrimp cocktail; choice of entree (Grilled filet mignon or Baked American red snapper); and a delicious chocolate cake with raspberry sauce to finish the evening. Add optional Osetra caviar or Dungeness crab cakes as extra indulgences.
Applications Now Open: Join the TJPA Citizens Advisory Committee!
The Transbay Joint Powers Authority (TJPA) is soliciting applications from Bay Area residents to serve on the TJPA Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) to help shape the discussion in the development of Phase 2 of the Transbay Program, and provide input in the operation of the Salesforce Transit Center and rooftop park. Past CAC members have contributed to the successful planning, development and construction of Phase 1 of the Transbay Program, which includes the Salesforce Transit Center and Salesforce Park.
The TJPA seeks to appoint Committee members that represent the diversity of the Bay Area. There are seven full-term seats and one half-term seat available. For more information and to apply, click here.
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.
Community Garden Coming to The East Cut!
Plans are moving forward for The East Cut Community Garden project after the CBD won approval of the permit to enter from the OCII Commission.
The CBD is thrilled to now have the permitting approval to push the project forward. Critical next steps include a soils assessment, advertising skilled-tasks for contractor bid, and materials procurement. The CBD hopes to have these items in full swing this spring, with the major volunteer build occurring this summer. For a link to the full Examiner article click here.
Salesforce's New Work Remote Policy May Impact San Francisco's Downtown
This week, technology giant Salesforce, whose headquarters sits in the heart of The East Cut, announced a new flexible work from home policy that would make permanent allowing employees to work 2 or more days from home per week. With over 9,000 employees in San Francisco, this has huge implications for downtown neighborhoods. Read the full Chronicle story here.
Amazon Coming to SoMa
In case you missed it last month, Amazon plans to open a three-story delivery hub in San Francisco’s SoMa neighborhood. The “everything store” announced that it had acquired a six-acre site at 900 Seventh Street for $200 million. Though the site is not within the district, approval of the project is worth following as it may be an indicator of the appetite for new housing construction after COVID-19. Read the story here.
For 2021, The East Cut CBD is taking the opportunity to highlight a placemaking theme each month. Going forward, you can expect what used to be our "Placemaking News" section to contain articles and updates for the current month's theme! This month, our focus is on Vibrant Public Spaces. Next month, we will be looking at vacant retail activations and their impact on street life. Last month we took a look at pedestrian and bike safety and you can find a link to that newsletter content here. If you have any comments, questions or concerns related to these topics, please connect with us through email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
15-Minute City Model Fan? Try The 1-Minute!
A revolutionary trend in Urban Planning is getting attention in 2021. The 1-minute city is a concept that builds on the 15-minute city (already popular in Paris, among other major urban centers), however, with a focus on leveraging streets with modular furniture that can be combined to serve a specific street's needs.
Throughout the article, CityLab walks us through the major selling points of the 1-minute city and the pilot rollout within four sites in Stockholm, Sweden. As mentioned, the major difference between the 15 and 1 minute city models is that while the 15 minute city seeks to meet the needs of all its residents at a hyper local level, the 1-minute city envisions “the spaces beyond the doorstep [as] ideal places for cities to start developing new, more direct ways of engaging with the public...” Effectively, the planning model seeks to challenge the idea of streets as places to move and store cars but rather critical connecting spaces for any given community leveraging street furniture, in particular, to meet these needs. This standardized street furniture can be packaged to meet a certain “street’s” needs, be it cafe seating, exercise, play, or bike storage.
Just imagine if San Francisco had this modular street furniture in development before the pandemic; suddenly, Slow Streets could be leveraged to include everything from exercise stations to play sites! Read more about this revolutionary new urban planning concept via the link below.
Cities Across the U.S. Leveraged Public Spaces in 2020 to Promote Civic Life
Many cities across the United States have used the pandemic to activate public spaces in order to best serve local communities. Learning from project implementation successes and failures is a key goal of the CBD in 2021 so that it can advocate for efficient, value-adding public space activations this year and for the foreseeable future. In this Medium post by the Reimagining the Civic Commons collaboration, an overview of four distinct approaches to leveraging public space to serve civic life is detailed, two examples of which particularly resonated with the CBD.
In Memphis, the City closed the downtown thoroughfare, Riverside Drive, which increased park attendance to Tom Lee Park by 12 percent. The riverfront transformed into an outdoor active space for training lessons, runners, and skaters. The Memphis River Parks Partnership even brought back roller skating (adding in a DJ!) to increase attendance. Overall, citizens reported feeling safer, more active, and more connected to their City's park due to the closure of Riverside Drive.
The CBD’s restaurants have been hit hard by the pandemic, so an innovative and practical use of public space by the Georgia city of Macon, highlighted in this article, resonated with us. Picnic tables were brought in to median parks to encourage use of take-out offerings by nearby restaurants. This initiative, combined with an open-container policy, encouraged safe socialization while helping to sustain local businesses. The CBD has experienced success with lunchtime and weekend food-centric activations in the past, and feels leveraging the Temporary Transbay Terminal for this sort of effort is an excellent idea to increase socially distanced socialization and economic vitality central to our district.
If you build it, will they come? In the CBD Board newsletter, we presented a story outlining several successful public space activations designed to promote civic engagement. There is still much to be learned from these activations, but we hope to apply their successes to our own plans to support vibrant public space here in the district. Separately, the failures in public programming and open space activation must also be considered, as much can be learned from those, too.
In this article from 2018, CityLab examines the link between public spaces and public space activation, with the latter serving not as a complimentary feature but an essential one for a public space to succeed. The author argues that, "[a]ctivation provides key elements of public space that even the most well-designed un-activated space cannot.”
One insight that resonates with the CBD is the notion that activating a space can help it be “seen.” A previously passed-by plaza, no matter how thoughtfully designed the public art or water feature, for example, can go unnoticed by residents for years until programming draws people into the space and encourages them to interact with it. What’s more, since activations are not permanent like fixtures are, they can evolve to meet the community’s needs seasonally, or over years!
This also reminds us of a few projects that fell short of reaching the community's expectations here in our own city. One example is McCoppin Plaza on Valencia and McCoppin streets. Programming (food trucks) was originally envisioned for the Plaza, but in the end this activation failed to manifest and the site has been plagued by homeless use, resulting in a fence constructed around the space in 2017 that made it feel derelict and uninviting.
Mechanic's Plaza (at Market and Battery) is an example of a space where a simple swap in furniture and addition of an interactive component dramatically increased use. The plaza previously had fixed benches that were installed in parallel rows that did not attract visitors. As a result, Public Works removed the benches and added a steward, moveable tables and chairs, and a big checker board. These interventions transformed the space, which pre-COVID was bustling during business hours each weekday!
There is a clear connection between public space, design components, and stewarded activations when optimizing for public use. We hope to employ these learnings towards the temporary activation of the Temporary Transbay Terminal, and in the future at Under Ramp Park!