Photo of Mid-Market by Mike Kepka, The Chronicle

€œCivic innovators€ are coming up with new ideas for using idle buildings in San Francisco. Also called €œcivic hackers,€ they are socially-minded citizens who want to improve their city yet work outside of develpment firms and city planning departments.

San Francisco’s Mid-Market area was a perfect target, with multiple vacant buildings lining the city’s main thoroughfare while the area is under redevelopment. Civic innovators at last year’s Creative Currency hackathon came up with ways to use this inactive space by creating an online platform to connect the building’s owners to entrepreneurial renters who could use short-term leases to jumpstart their businesses, host gallery shows, or just have fun.

€œA cafe popped up at an SF Chronicle newsstand kiosk hosting a bike-repair station by Huckleberry Bicycles; an outdoor sidewalk market displayed wares from local artisans and shopkeepers; a sidewalk came alive with a mobile library in collaboration with the San Francisco Public Library; a yoga class took place in the GAFFTA office; and people let loose at a game night in the commissary kitchen at SF FoodLab. Over 500 people attended, and that stretch of Market Street felt alive. Local business owners and residents alike said they wanted to see the street charged with so much energy more often.€ €“Emily Eisenhart, The Bold Italic

For more information about how civic innovators’ projects could help enrich communities and increase home values in Mid-Market, the Mission District, and other neighborhoods of San Francisco, contact Gabriel Rojas at 415.562.6999 or gabriel@climbsf.com.

Photo source: Mike Kepka, The Chronicle


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