Community/City Building Success: The Sixth Street Redevelopment Project

Community/City Building Success: The Sixth Street Redevelopment Project

The new Bill Sorro Community apartments that opened this month is the final project - the "completion" - of the 1990 South of Market (Sixth Street) Redevelopment Area, the City's most ambitious Loma Prieta Earthquake recovery effort. It only took 27 years!

Neighborhood Place-Making Essentials: The Neighborhood Bar - Part 3

Neighborhood Place-Making Essentials: The Neighborhood Bar - Part 3

But i’m not feeling that vibe in SOMA much anymore, not with today’s generation of new arrivals. The clubs and bars are full certainly, but they feel like a package, like tourist places do, not authentic and rooted. Am i just missing it?

Will there be a Next Generation of Neighborhood Bars in SOMA to replace the last one?

Neighborhood Place-Making Essentials: The Neighborhood Bar - Part 1

Neighborhood Place-Making Essentials: The Neighborhood Bar - Part 1

I’ve spent more total hours of my life in San Francisco in the neighborhood bars/cafés of North Beach and SOMA (and some other places) than anywhere else. So I have to postulate that no place can really be a genuine Neighborhood without an honest-to-god Neighborhood Bar.

The planner/analyst in me requires a definition in order to address a topic, so here it is: a neighborhood bar/café is a modest storefront business offering beer/wine at least, if not a full bar, with a distinct personality and a core clientele of regulars from the local community and beyond who ‘hang’ and socialize there, that has been that way for at least five years –  usually much longer.