Projects: Putting San Francisco Commercial Districts in Perspective

Putting San Francisco Commercial Districts in Perspective

We are working with Local Initiatives Support Corporation to support its local commercial corridor revitalization program in San Francisco’s moderate income neighborhoods. LISC strives to build the capacity of communities, merchant groups, and community-based organizations to lead initiatives to strengthen the physical, social, and economic character of the neighborhood.

We assisted LISC by conducting merchant surveys in five commercial corridors — Leland/Bayshore (Visitacion Valley), Mission Street (Excelsior), Ocean Avenue, San Bruno Avenue, and Third Street (Bayview). This helped LISC to:

  • Develop economically viable neighborhood business districts where existing businesses can grow and expand and new businesses can locate;
  • Increase the potential of commercial districts to provide jobs and entrepreneurial opportunities for community residents;
  • Attract public and private investment to improve the appearance of commercial corridors including building rehabilitation for new and existing uses, streetscape and other public improvements;
  • Strengthen the ability of existing neighborhood-serving businesses to compete in a changing economic environment;
  • Address quality-of-life issues such as the perception and/or reality of crime, safety and cleanliness; and
  • Build neighborhood-based collaborations with the capacity to implement and sustain commercial district revitalization programs over the long term.