The New Bi-Rite Cafe Near City Hall Opens With Sandwiches and Soft Serve Galore

With a new cafe kiosk in the shadow of City Hall, Bi-Rite’s second-generation owner Sam Mogannam hopes to reach the next generation of San Franciscans — the ones playing on swings and slides at a brand new playground next door. After a year of construction at 52 Grove Street (at
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Civic Center farmers market expands to Fridays, adds craft bazaar

“The Heart of the City Farmers Market in Civic Center/UN Plaza, typically open on Sundays and Wednesdays, has expanded to Fridays for the first time since the 1980s.  In addition to the regular lineup of local farmers selling fresh produce, the Friday market will also offer a new feature — a craft
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$10 million playgrounds give downtown SF kids a safe place to frolic

“It sure looks nice and, with any luck and with at least four guards on duty around the clock, it might even stay that way. That’s what the customers and their parents were saying about the brand new playground in front of San Francisco City Hall, which underwent its first
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How San Francisco is adopting inclusive place management to revive its Civic Center Plaza

“So, instead of turning to policing or hostile architecture as a solution—which has increasingly been critiqued by nonprofits, advocates, and residents alike—city officials took a different approach. They invited diversity into the space by employing “place managers” with lived experience engaging with vulnerable groups and the ability to connect with the broader community.” Read the story
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