Mid-Market, San Francisco
|Neighborhood of San Francisco|
|• Board of Supervisors||Jane Kim|
|• State Assembly||Tom Ammiano (D)|
|• State Senate||Mark Leno (D)|
|• U.S. House||Nancy Pelosi (D)|
|ZIP Code||94102, 94103|
The Mid-Market redevelopment area is centered around Market Street starting at Fifth Street, ending at Ninth Street, and including a number of buildings down to Mission Street. It effectively creates a sub-neighborhood of the Tenderloin, SoMa, and Civic Center neighborhoods for the purpose of redeveloping the area.
Decimated by the 1906 earthquake and fire, the entire neighborhood was quickly rebuilt and for decades served as vibrant portion of the Market Street corridor.
Noted columnist Herb Caen referred to the neighborhood as 'le grand pissoir' because of the amount of public urination, defecation, and vagrancy due to a consolidation and expansion of homeless social services in the area, starting in the mid-1980s.
Past initiatives such as sponsored street murals have had little effect in revitalizing the neighborhood and in 2011 the city government turned to tax incentives to encourage businesses to move to the area.
The largest and most noteworthy of businesses to date has been Twitter, which plans to move into the SF Furniture Mart building at Ninth and Market streets in 2012. The move by Twitter was initially met with a great deal of controversy, while other businesses such as Zendesk quietly took advantage of the tax break and moved to the area. A number of arts groups, such as the Black Rock Arts Foundation, are working to move to Mid-Market.
- Central Market Community Benefit District, San Francisco Office of Workforce Development
- Mid-Market’s just another way of sayin’ the Tenderloin, The Tender
- Let’s really remember Mid-Market, The Tender
- Beginnings of a Transformation in Mid-Market, The Bay Citizen
- ‘Twitter effect’ takes hold of San Francisco’s mid-Market area, The San Francisco Examiner
- Changes Take Hold in Mid-Market, The Wall Street Journal
- SF's Twitter tax-break plan spurs political fight, San Francisco Chronicle
- Zendesk move to Mid-Market, The Tender
- Burning Man joins Twitter on mid-Market Street in San Francisco, The San Francisco Examiner