Saturday, September 24, 2011

Mid-Market Thoughts

"The street of broken dreams, of frozen screams, of strangers rubbing elbows...." - Herb Caen (1964)

It wasn't always so. Mid-Market, which runs between 5th and 10th streets, was at one time San Francisco's equivalent of New York's "Great White Way" where you'd go to see first run movies in architecturally grand theaters.

I have a vague memory of going to the Fox Theater with my mom to see the classic "South Pacific". No doubt I was smartly attired (begrudgingly) with hair Brylcreemed in place - and experienced elation as opposed to the apprehension one often feels today being there - but things are changing.

This blog is simply a "tip of the hat" to a few of the many who are have worked hard to change it.

1. Urban Realty for their bold move to develop City Place, a 250,000 square foot retail center which we all hope will come to fruition soon.

2. David Addington, who acquired The Warfield several years ago with the belief that Mid-Market had the potential to be so much more than it has been and worked with great dedication to make it so.

3. My friends Sylvia and Young Yi, owners of Pearl's Deluxe Burgers who have confidence in Mid-Market and will be opening up a new place in the next few days on the corner of 6th & Market.

4. The board and staff of the Central Market Community Benefits District who must be doing what they do for love because it's certainly not for money.

5. The Mayor's Office of Economic & Workforce Development who are lending their muscle to turn Mid-Market into a vibrant "arts district"


San Francisco is one of the world's greatest cities and Market Street should be its Champs-Élysées. Enough said - and now for some Rogers & Hammerstein!

1 comment:

sylvia said...

Speaking of the Arts district at Central market, check out 24 Days of Central Market Arts Festival happening now.