In 2015, the USBID in partnership with RHAA Landscape Architecture + Planning, published a public realm action plan to give the City and district stakeholders a set of principles and project-specific design interventions to amplify Union Square’s status as San Francisco’s premier visitor destination. Click here to download the plan.
We work collaboratively with our members, stakeholders, government, and non-profit partners to shape Union Square's long-term, economic vibrancy by creating an active and attractive public realm for everyone.
The "Union Square BID's Public Realm Action Plan" provides a single source for public realm improvements within the district and has identified 30+ projects and future opportunities to activate the district.
The Union Square BID's 10 pedestrian sensors counted 53,801,000 Total Visitors to Union Square In 2017!
Bringing people together to deliver Public Realm Improvements
147,400 Avg. Daily Pedestrians That is the equivalent of the entire population of Torrance, California walking around Union Square!
Followed by shopping (19%) and work (15%) Sightseeing 39%
Leveraged $4M Public Funding for Lower Powell Street Permanent Design Improvements
"San Francisco Planning has worked with the Union Square BID for over ten years to more seamlessly deliver planning and public realm improvements in the neighborhood, and make much more efficient the communication between community members and the City. Without the ability of the BID to bring together Union Square stakeholders, it would be hard for the City to deliver the same quality of public services."
—Neil Hrushowy, PhD—Manager, City Design Group, Citywide Planning