COMMUNITY BENEFIT DISTRICT
The Downtown Community Benefit District is the newest CBD in San Francisco and was formed in January 2020. Developed by a coalition of property and business owners, the Downtown Community Benefit District includes two of the oldest continuous business districts in the City (Financial and Jackson Square) and funds special benefit services over and above what the City already provides to include cleaning and safety services, mobility management, public realm improvements and beautification, and marketing.
Improve district vitality through best-in-class clean and safe programming, infrastructure enhancements, dynamic partnerships and productive marketing.
Attention to detail is our thing! Cleaning Ambassadors work tirelessly to ensure the sidewalks and public spaces stay as clean as possible.
Downtown Cleaning Ambassadors are dedicated to keeping the streets clean and beautiful. Starting their day early in the morning, team members prepare the district before shops and businesses open by sweeping away litter and removing debris and unwanted hazardous materials and waste. Cleaning services go above and beyond what is provided by the City and County of San Francisco to include; pressure washing, graffiti removal, and more.
Safety, Hospitality, Social Services
At the forefront of the Downtown CBD’s safety efforts, Safety Ambassadors are visible and engaged members of the team to primarily observe, advise, and report quality of life issues throughout the Financial District and Jackson Square. They can be seen wearing district branded navy attire walking or riding a tall T3 scooter or bicycle. Safety Ambassadors offer a friendly helping hand to those in need, either by providing directions to a nearby restaurant or public transportation, or even safely escorting workers to their vehicles.
The Downtown CBD has hired 2 10B SF Police Department Officers daily:
6 a.m. - 1 p.m.
1 p.m. - 7 p.m.
The Downtown CBD also employs a full-time Social Services Ambassador to provide compassionate outreach to those who are struggling on our streets with homelessness and substance abuse. Consistent outreach helps to provide pathways for workforce development opportunities and housing.
Public Realm Improvements & Beautification
Our public spaces should be functional, attractive, and safe for all to use. Downtown San Francisco is filled with alleys and backstreets shadowed by rich historical infrastructure dating back to the Gold Rush. The Downtown CBD works closely with stakeholders to develop a vision on how best to achieve exciting, clean, safe, activations for public spaces. Examples include events, flower baskets, landscaping, specialty lighting, art sculptures, murals, and more! Creating mini destinations in public spaces drives new tourism and inspires a sense of place for those who live, work, and play.
We recently partnered with Paint the Void to beautify boarded up storefronts with temporary murals!
Marketing & Promotion
We give downtown businesses opportunities and a voice to welcome back guests and customers and promote themselves to new audiences. As San Francisco recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic, we'll be right there standing side by side with our businesses ready to welcome customers and visitors back downtown.
Located at 532 Market at the E*Trade Building, this mural is by local art collective Bella Donna Artiste from artists @LEBohemianMuse and @Addendum24. This mural explores health in a new light as we navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic. The subject is Hygieia, the goddess of health. Each of the flowers depicted has a different health benefit (Chamomile, Marigold, Roses, Jasmine, and Passionflower). The abstract background is representative of positive healing energy during this unprecedented time.
Located at 227 Front Street, this mural is by Bethany Rose Art: " I wanted my design to fill the space in that corner and create a feeling of “Here, right now” that was lost when its windows were boarded up. There is a lot going on in the simple design, with its big bright blocks of color. People are going to see whatever they want in it. When I look at it I see a cat, a snail, a pickle, a bird, and more. It is fun and engaging, and has helped spark creative conversations."
Street Banner Campaign launched to welcome back workers and visitors.
July - December 2020
Check Out the District's Accomplishments and Upcoming News About Services & Projects
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All meetings are held virtually due to COVID-19
Special Board of Directors virtual meeting on July 21, 2021 at 11:00 a.m.
Executive Committee virtual meeting on July 8, 2021 at 1:00 p.m.
Meets monthly every first Thursday at 1:00 p.m.
Board of Directors virtual meeting on June 28, 2021 at Noon
Meets monthly every fourth Monday at Noon.
District Identity Streetscape Improvement Committee (DISI) virtual meeting on June 16, 2021 at 10:00 a.m.
Meets monthly every third Wednesday at 10:00 a.m.
Clean and Safe Committee virtual meeting on July 12, 2021 at 2:00 p.m.
Meets monthly every second Monday at 2:00 p.m.
Finance Committee virtual meeting on June 22, 2021 at 3:00 p.m.
Meets monthly every third Thursday at 3:00 p.m.
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WHAT WE DO
Marketing & Promotion
COMMUNITY BENEFIT DISTRICT
*New Address: 235 Montgomery St, Suite 948, San Francisco, CA 94104
Robbie Silver, Executive Director: email@example.com