The Commons on Third Thursdays Events Kick-Off New Commons Initiative

Public Private Partnership Brings Family-Friendly Inclusive Event Featuring Food, Fun & Festivities to Center of the City: July 20, August 17, September 21 & October 19: 4pm – 8pm The eponymous series of family-friendly and inclusive “happenings” will take place from 4pm–8pm on July 20, August 17, September 21 and October 19 with plans already under discussion for a Holiday period series. With free programming provided by People in Plazas, Another Planet Entertainment and Noise Pop, food and over-21 beverages will be for-sale from Off the Grid and a host of activities provided by...
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SPUR Talk: Cleaning Up the Civic Center Commons

By Providing Art, Helping the Homeless, and Picking up Refuse, Groups are Revitalizing the Area The SPUR panel explained that art, such as these lanterns, are just part of what they've done to revitalize Civic Center Commons. Photo: Streetsblog By Roger Rudick Feb 9, 2017 Yesterday afternoon, representatives from the city, charity groups, and the Exploratorium, gave a presentation at SPUR‘s downtown San Francisco center about their collaborative efforts to clean up the Civic Center Commons/UN Plaza area and make it into an attractive and inviting urban forum, while helping t...
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From Hoodline: Demolition On The Way For Van Ness’ Two-Story Former McDonald’s

If you've recently passed by the two-story former McDonald's at 600 Van Ness Ave. (at Golden Gate), you may have noticed it's now housing an assortment of construction materials, large trucks and portable toilets. According to SFMTA spokesperson Paul Rose, the property was recently leased to Walsh Construction Company, a contractor working on the bus rapid transit (BRT) component of the Van Ness Improvement Project, for storage and staging. [caption id="attachment_24852" align="alignright" width="475"] PHOTO: CARRIE SISTO/HOODLINE[/caption] To create even more room for construction eq...
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Reprinted: San Francisco’s 10 Best Free Music Venues

EDITOR'S NOTE: This article mentions the CBD's People in Plazas Summer Concert Series, and our friends at the Conservatory, SF Opera, and Davies Symphony Hall. San Francisco may be home to world-famous music venues such as Davies Symphony Hall and The Warfield, but some of the best spots to catch music in San Francisco are completely free. Hosting performances of classical, jazz, world music and more, these 10 venues prove that great live music doesn’t have to cost a fortune—or anything at all. Read More. About TheCultureTrip culturetrip.com is a global platform for local culture. We showcas...
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Civic Center: A sense of place

Sense of place: Civic Center’s a festive place when the Giants are celebrating another World Series triumph or revelers gather after the Pride Parade. Now, bureaucrats want to see if they can bring some of that life to the area and its central plaza year-round. “We want to turn it from an empty, “come look at me as a picture” space into something that invites you to stay a while,” said Gil Kelley, director of citywide planning for the City Planning Department. Next week, the department will begin working with four other city agencies on a coordinated plan for what it calls the “public re...
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