Between 4,000 units of housing on the way and a renewed vow of action from City Hall, these days the smell of change is stronger than the stank of weed at the corner of 6th and Market. Is it just the pendulum swinging back again on this neighborhood's fate? Or will this troubled stretch of San Francisco's main boulevard finally trade in the plywood for plate glass? Read the full story at Spot.Us
Mid-Market suffers from an approximately 30 percent retail vacancy rate, compared with 13 percent citywide. Between additional office and apartment vacancies, up to about 40 percent of this neighborhood sits empty -- at least for now. What does survive on mid-Market is discount retail, single room occupancy hotels, and a few restaurants -- mostly fast food. “Market seems to have always been a common no-man's land of major businesses, big theaters, hotels, and furniture stores instead of integrated with a neighborhood well,” says Greg Proefrock, an architect and MBA candidate at the Presidio Graduate School. “Shit goes wrong when no one is watching.” Not much is open after dark. Historic theaters, and arguably some of San Francisco's most impressive historic architecture sits boarded up.
These are some of mid-Market's most defining vacancies, tenancies and future projects. Click the colored lots for more information on each.