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Inaugural Retail Strategy tour a success!


It was lovely to meet and make personal connections with familiar neighborhood names as we learned a bit about the current vacant spaces on the tour. Spaces visited were: 2175 Market Street 2198 Market Street 2240 Market Street (Sullivan site) 2275 Market Street (Books, Inc. site) 2349 Market Street (Illy site) We are hoping to do another […]

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Let’s Welcome new Business Attraction Consultant, Jason Luger


The Castro Community Benefit District welcomes NEW Business Attraction Consultant, Jason Luger to the neighborhood. Jason will help to implement the recommendations in the Castro & Upper Market Retail Strategy. BIOGRAPHY Dr. Jason Luger is an urban geographer with research interests focusing on urban policy, urban social movements and activism, comparative approaches to economic development, and […]

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Final Report and Appendix RELEASED!


The final report and technical appendix for the Castro/Upper Market Retail Strategy have been released! Please see the “Recommendations and Report” tab to access these documents. The executive summary has been provided below. For questions or to learn how to become more involved with the project please contact EXECUTIVE SUMMARY The Castro & Upper […]

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BAR: “Castro retail strategy nears completion”

Bay Area Reporter: Brooklyn Witteman, right, tidies up merchandise at Local Take, a Castro shop that features Bay Area-made creations. Photo: Rick Gerharter

Our friends at the Bay Area Reporter just posted a fascinating article. As San Francisco prepares to celebrate the annual Small Business Week, community leaders in the Castro are finalizing a retail strategy to assist with filling vacant storefronts throughout the city’s gay district. The Castro/Upper Market Community Benefit District last summer launched the effort […]

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March Project Update

Survey Sat Theatre

The yearlong Castro & Upper Market Retail Strategy has made significant headway. 2014 was largely dedicated to community outreach. 2015 is focused on strategy. What changes does the community want to see in the district, and how can we get there?The goal of the project is simple – to help bring exciting new businesses to […]

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Surveys close on Friday January 16, 2015 at 5:00PM


As the Castro & Upper Market Retail Strategy progresses from its data collection phase, both the Customer/Resident survey and the Business survey will close on Friday January 16, 2015. The next phase of the project will include analysis of the data, development of case studies, update on the implementation of the 2008 Upper Market Community […]

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