Relevant studies

The retail landscape has been on top of the minds of neighbors and city groups for quite a while.
Here are a few reports that have been published in the past, some of which we will also review in this project.

Invest in Neighborhoods – Castro & Upper Market Profile

Invest in neighborhoodsInvest in Neighborhoods is a City initiative to provide focused, customized assistance to meet the specific needs of San Francisco’s neighborhood commercial corridors.
This assessment is a snapshot of existing conditions in Castro/ Upper Market as of February 2013.
It helps to inform the City’s investments in the neighborhood, and provide a resource for neighborhood stakeholders.
Contents include: neighborhood features, commercial district health, key takeaways, demographics, land use, business mix, transportation, existing plans & interventions.
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Upper Market Community Design Plan (2008)

After three successful community workshops, the Upper Market neighborhoods have developed a community vision and design guidelines. These documents were endorsed by the Planning Commission on October 23, 2008.
The two documents that were produced as a result of the workshop series are:
Upper_Market_Community_Vision_and_Recommendations-1Upper Market Community Vision and Recommendations — Community Vision and Recommendations


Upper_Market_Development_Design_Guidelines-1Upper Market Development Design Guidelines — Development Design Guidelines


EVNA retail study

Conducted in June 2013 by Castro resident Orie Zaklad, this study is a snapshot of the state of the retail landscape in the Castro & Upper Market business corridors.

City of Cambridge — Central Square Customer Intercept Survey Summary Report

Cambridge Intercept StudyThe purpose of the Commercial Districts Customer Intercept Survey is to allow the Economic Development Division (EDD) to have a better understanding of what Cambridge residents and Central Square customers want in their commercial district. Understanding the different types of consumers in Central Square will allow us to better assist business owners seeking a Central Square location, help current businesses owners understand their local market, and help property owners recruit potential businesses to their vacant storefronts. Read full document ››