Thank You! Community Donations Support Services Team Holiday Wishes
A new fridge, an air purifier, a coffee maker...these are just a few of the items that district donations bought for our East Cut Services Team. Community members generously contributed $1,100 in support of our Services Team's 2020 Wish List last month. Fulfillment of this list has helped to make these essential worker's workdays that much brighter! Thank you also to the neighbors who contributed a total of $775 for our Services Team Lunch Fund.
If you want to contribute to the Services Team and missed the opportunity in December, click this link.
We Accept Company Stocks!
If your employer offers a matching stock donation program or if you prefer to donate equity, The East Cut Community Benefit District accepts company stocks as donations! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The East Cut Community Benefit District is a 501(c)(3) non-profit community benefit district based in San Francisco. Your donations, in excess of goods or services received by the donor, are tax-deductible to the full extent of the IRS Code.
Still Have a Christmas Tree? Next Steps!
Tree pickup ended January 15th
A Bulky Item Recycling collection must be scheduled for pickup. Trees can no longer be placed on sidewalk with normal collection. Please coordinate with your building management if they provide trash service.
New Year, New Menus!
As we enter the New Year, your continued support of district merchants makes a world of difference for the many neighborhood small businesses working hard to ride out this pandemic. Shopping locally has never been more meaningful and the local retail community counts on your support to come out of this tough time stronger, together. Let The East Cut CBD know what products and services you would like to see offered by local businesses this year. Contact us at email@example.com with suggestions - we are all ears!
Local Music Classes with San Francisco Rock Project
San Francisco Rock Project, a nonprofit music school celebrating ten years in the neighborhood offers amazing online music instruction! Go to www.rockprojectsf.org to get started. Use the code: EASTCUT for 20% off of your first month of membership when you sign up for a monthly lesson plan (either 30, 45, or 60-minute lessons for all ages). Lessons are currently online but will inevitably return to their Sailor's Union Headquarters on 1st and Harrison!
International Smoke continues to operate from the Financial District to deliver meals across San Francisco, including The East Cut! Pulled pork shank, BBQ rib tip mac 'n' cheese, and a selection of your favorite dishes are available.
Specialty flatbread, famous parmesan herbed truffle fries, and sumptuous chocolate tort. Local beer and international wine round out the selection. Don't forget to check out the new Date Night and Netflix & Chill combos.
Neighborhood resident and business owner Roza creates fresh chic and iconic flower arrangements for you, sourced from local flower farms.
Rozgol offers the most unique designs based on the customer's color theme preferences. Every arrangement will include different types of flowers based on seasonal availability and unique flowers that cannot be found in most flower shops.
Environmentally-friendly tip: Select to drop off your own vase or return the vase when ordering a second time to avoid adding waste and allow to reuse the vases as much as possible!
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.
Office Rentals at 30-Year Low
With leases in 2020 down 17% against 2019, the San Francisco office rental market has had a tough year. In SoMa, a variety of large scale office spaces planned to be renovated or built were canceled or stalled with no re-start date in sight. However, investment in the tech sector is stronger than ever, and companies will inevitably be in need of some form of office space. Read the full article here.
Amazon Coming to SoMa
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. This represents a dramatic shift in the vision for the area which is currently an office, parking structure, and maintenance facility.
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.
Downtown Muni Delayed to 2022
In case you missed it last month, the Central Subway broke ground in 2010 and was supposed to start shuttling riders from downtown to Chinatown by 2018. However, Coronavirus outbreaks and legal disputes have stalled work. At this point, construction is slated to be completed in March 2021, after which Muni will need to conduct an array of safety tests that could last a year or more, pushing the project’s completion to the spring of 2022. Read the full article 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 Pedestrian and Bike Safety. Next month, we will be looking at Vibrant Public Spaces. Please enjoy this selection of articles related to pedestrian and bike safety for the month of January. If you have any comments, questions or concerns related to this important topic, please connect with us through email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Slow Streets Works but Be Sure to Engage the Local Community First!
With the sudden arrival of COVID-19, city life was altered and a call for change emerged. Moreover, that change included transportation-based responses, especially as the pandemic placed a new premium on safe outdoor spaces. One of the main responses was the concept of ‘Slow Streets’ in which cities restricted vehicle access to select neighborhood streets. It is an intervention filled with good intentions for public health and safety, however a failure to comprehensively engage members of affected communities in the implementation of this initiative led to fierce resistance and eventually a turning point in the discourse of urban planning.
Slow Streets drew controversy from many residents directly being affected by the program. In Oakland, for example, the adoption of Slow Streets was criticized for its unclear purpose and its lack of consideration of input from community members, particularly people of color, people with lower incomes, and people with disabilities. This backlash pushed cities to revise their program and rethink their approach to its development. Although it is important to move fast in implementing such response programs, it may be even more critical to include community members in the discussion before avoidable mistakes are made and more time is effectively wasted.
In the East Cut, one of the densest neighborhoods in San Francisco, SFMTA has made no attempts to create a Slow Street. The need for safe public spaces where residents, particularly children, can move and play, led to the CBD's lobbying to activate the Temporary Transbay Terminal. The RFP for the activation is due February 3rd, and the CBD is hopeful that neighborhood-serving activities will be happening on the site in the coming months.
Founded in Sweden in 1995, Vision Zero is a road safety system that seeks to achieve zero road fatalities through implementation of its principles and guidelines (which can vary country-by-country). Most major cities in the United States have adopted a Vision Zero policy and its popularity is growing. San Francisco adopted a Vision Zero policy in 2014 in an effort to eliminate fatalities and injuries that occur on San Francisco streets (and are considered completely avoidable). San Francisco's Vision Zero group has regular meetings and events, and lobbies the City to adopt policies and enact changes to reduced fatalities. However, despite the enactment of numerous measures since the adoption of Vision Zero, traffic fatalities have remained consistent with data traced back to 2006 on the Vision Zero website. The highest concentration of fatalities, according to data reported by Vision Zero, occurs in downtown San Francisco.
The evolving East Cut neighborhood is developing as truly multi-modal, with pedestrian, biking, and, of course, transit improvements being implemented in the neighborhood. Salesforce Transit Center has largely taken regional bus lines off the districts streets. Folsom Street improvements are nearing completion, with a protected bike lane in both directions and new turn restrictions to protect pedestrians and bicyclists at crossings. Most recently, "quick build" improvements have come to both Howard and Beale streets.
All these improvements leave untouched the biggest challenge - that the neighborhood is still a massive thoroughfare to and from the Bay Bridge. Too often cars come off the bridge onto Fremont at high speeds, zipping through intersections busy with pedestrians. On First Street, during rush hour, the street is gridlock with cars blocking the box and making illegal turns. When not backed up with rush hour traffic, the street can feel like a raceway on to the bridge. Creating a truly safe residential neighborhood will require solving this challenge.
Vision Zero High Injury Network Map, link here
Vision Zero SF Annual Fatality Report, link here
Share your thoughts on top priorities for pedestrian and bicycle safety in The East Cut by reaching out to us at: email@example.com.