San Francisco Beautiful

How can we make UN Plaza a better place?

Made it happen
About this Project
This spring, SF Beautiful was awarded a grant from the City of San Francisco to make United Nations Plaza a healthier, more vibrant public space.

Who's Involved?
SF Beautiful is leading a coalition of local organizations that share their goals including: The City of San Francisco’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD), Tenderloin Economic Development Project (TEDP), University of California at Hastings, Art Institute of California, Federal Department of Homeland Security, and the SFPD.

Our Approach
In March, the UN Plaza Coalition hosted a public meeting at UC Hastings with over 200 neighbors in attendance. Neighbors’ ideas and insights were collected from written input, SMS, Twitter, and Neighborland. All of this input was aggregated here on Neighborland. It was the first time that an organization used Neighborland as a live ideation and voting tool in a public meeting.

TEDP Executive Director Anh Nguyen live tweeted all of the ideas that were submitted by Tenderloin neighbors. It was a simple, but powerful way to extend the public input in the meeting to a wider audience. Often ideas presented in the oral statements are not captured in the design process, but Anh’s innovative use of Twitter helped amplify neighbors’ voices. Two of the resident’s ideas that were suggested at the pubic meeting, and live tweeted by Anh, became finalists in the program.

Making it Happen
Ideas were evaluated by a panel that included staff from various agencies lead by the Mayor's Office of Economic and Workforce Development on the basis of impact, feasibility and scope. The four finalists were selected, and more than 800 people voted on these ideas at the Heart of the City Farmers Market on June 4th.

SF Beautiful is bringing these winning ideas to life this fall in event series called “Pause, Play, Connect.” These events will offer the best performers and organizers in Bay Area dance, live music, children’s programming, indie film, cultural cuisine, and circus arts. Pause, Play Connect at UN Plaza has something for everyone.

More info
Here's a case study of this Project on our Handbook - http://handbook.neighborland.com/unplaza/

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Blair Helsing

SF band that plays live. We've played People In Plazas twice and we love playing outdoors for people. www.reverbnation.com/echobeach...

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Posted Nov 1, 2016
Dan
Dan
Nov 1, 2016

Right on Blair - thanks for making UN Plaza a better place!

Posted by Dan on Nov 1, 2016
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Dan

So cool to see Proxy doing this in Hayes Valley - us2.campaign-archive2.com/?u=5...

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PROXY Fall Film Festival: Final Weeks!

For the past three Fridays we have welcomed crowds of film lovers to the PROXY Walk-in Theater for free screenings of recent Sundance and SXSW selections. Our two final screenings—Secret Shorts this Friday, and The Wolfpack on November 13—are not to be missed.

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Posted Nov 4, 2015
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San Francisco Department of Public Works

Join us for Art Night in UN Plaza 5-9pm on 10/22 - www.artnightsf.com/

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Posted Oct 2, 2015
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San Francisco Beautiful

We're continuing "Pause, Play, Connect" every Friday from 11am - 2pm with the City's Invest in Neighborhoods program. We bring the tables, chairs, and free-play pianos. You bring a smile.

PAUSE at UN Plaza every Friday, 11am-2pm (free wifi!)
PLAY a tune on Sunset Pianos (recently featured at the Botanical Gardens)
CONNECT with the team from San Francisco Beautiful

For more information: www.facebook.com/events/490068...

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Posted Jul 17, 2015
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San Francisco Public Works

CALL FOR ARTISTS for our JUNE 5 Night Market! Got something magical, beautiful, creative or fun to sell or show? Contact us at info@FridayNightMarketSF.org or send us a message via www.fridaynightmarketsf.org

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Posted May 16, 2015
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Joseph Thomas

By "neighbors" do you mean "people that look like me?"
Who can afford the overpriced items at this "night market?"
Certainly not neighborhood residents.
And it takes business from local restaurants and other merchants.
And the music is not very good.

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Posted Nov 15, 2014
Terrrie
Terrrie
Nov 18, 2014

Yes, this does seem like it is more for tourists and the new people moving into the high rent apartments which are displacing local folks. And, as I said before, the "crafts" market is nothing more, for the most, most part, than resellers who have a resell license to sell as they would at a flea market. Show me the craftspeople who sell there.

Posted by Terrrie on Nov 18, 2014
Tom K.
Tom K.
Nov 19, 2014

As someone who walks through U.N. Plaza every day, I have to say I was *really* excited to hear about the night market. The event was really well-executed every time I was able to go. I think judging by the amount of support on this idea and the success of the event in attracting thousands of people, it's really a great match for the location.

However, I do think it could improve if you add activities and vendors linked to the immediate community in/around the neighborhood. Here are a few things I'd like to see in the future:
*Kids area with a temporary play ground, bicycling clinic, and art/music
*Change the setup on the white fence gating-- it's a physical barrier that makes the event feel like it's not for the public
*More talent from the local community (all ages) using the performance stage.
*Donation-based vendor like Curry Without Worry (?)
*Nonprofit/services 'alley' where they could set up to provide information and outreach

What other suggestions do you have to improve the event? Are there community partners that would enhance it?

Posted by Tom K. on Nov 19, 2014
Joseph Thomas
Joseph Thomas
Nov 20, 2014

Thousands of people? I don't think so. I believe this event will die a natural death. Why would anyone go here? Most people I know already have plans for Friday nights. Who exactly "needs" the Night Market?

The people in the Civic Center neighborhoods need community space, access to affordable, nutritious food, clean streets, affordable and reliable mass transportation, recreation facilities, and affordable housing.

Civic Center Plaza would be a more logical and accessible place for events like this. Please leave U.N. Plaza in "Peace."

Posted by Joseph Thomas on Nov 20, 2014
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DeeSquared

Hello there,

I think this is a wonderful idea! And "Pop-Up Music" could travel to other parks/venues... similarly to how Sunday Streets moves around city to different Neighborhoods. I think that a weekly performance, at least in the beginning, may be a bit much for logistics reasons unless there's a very organized team to carry out the set up logistics. I managed very large trade shows and corporate events for over 20 years and would be able to help out wherever you may need it. Best, DeeDee

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Posted Nov 9, 2014
DeeSquared
DeeSquared
Nov 24, 2014

Hey there... One thought would be to include an array of music styles... With an amateur to open and then a professional band/former... Classical, Jazz, Regge, DJ/House/Trance.... ETC.

Posted by DeeSquared on Nov 24, 2014
DeeSquared
DeeSquared
Nov 24, 2014

In addition to my previous comment about what sorts of music/bands... We may also want to consider other forms os entertainment in addition to Music -- such as Multicultural Dance, Theatre... etc.

Posted by DeeSquared on Nov 24, 2014
Tom K.
Tom K.
Nov 24, 2014

I think a good goal may be considering music and art that somehow ties into the original goals of the U.N. back in 1919:

"to promote international cooperation and to achieve peace and security"

Posted by Tom K. on Nov 24, 2014
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Office of the City Administrator

This Friday, you can watch the SF Giants in the World Series on the big screen in Civic Center. sf.funcheap.com/friday-night-m...

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Posted Oct 20, 2014
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Dennis Hong

I believe part of this is happening with the current mid/central market plan. The added food truck days are helping revitalize this blighted area. The farmers market days are helping too. Power washing / cleaning up some of the adjacent buildings' exterior might also help - (power washing). The newly renovated 50 UN Plaza building is a wonderful improvement. The homeless population in the plaza seems to had gone down. All in all the blighted mid/central Market area is improving.

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