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The USBID continues to provide clean and safe services to the district under the City & County of San Francisco’s updated Shelter-In-Place policy. For more information about curb-side pick-up, click here.

Cleaning & Safety Services
[Effective 6/04/2020] Member Services is now resumed to 6:30am – 10:30pm daily, with Overnight Security Services available between 10:00pm – 6:00am.  Clean and safe ambassadors will operate between 5:30am – 11:30pm. Pressure washing and the ATLV will operate between 9:00pm – 5:30am daily. To report a clean or safe incident between 6:30am – 10:30pm, please contact Member Services at 415-781-4456 or cleanandsafe@unionsquarebid.com. To report a safe incident between 10:00pm – 6:00am, please contact Legion Security at 415-724-2909 and mention your membership with the USBID. 

COVID-19
[As of 7/29/2020] The City & County of San Francisco is currently in Phase 2b (Zoo) of the re-opening plan. Business hours may be affected. Please check local listings. Retailers open for touchless shopping and restaurants open for take-out are available. Continue practicing social distancing and maintaining property safety protocols like hand washing and wearing a facial mask. We look forward to seeing you soon. For on-going San Francisco alerts, text: COVID19SF to 888-777.

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. Over 30 projects have been identified to enhance the public realm of Union Square. Click here to download the plan.

STREETSCAPES AND PUBLIC REALM INITIATIVES & CORE VALUES
STREETSCAPES AND PUBLIC REALM
STREETSCAPES AND PUBLIC REALM

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.

VISITORS TO UNION SQUARE
VISITORS TO UNION SQUARE

The Union Square BID's 11 pedestrian sensors counted 41,928,327 in 2019!

BRINGING PEOPLE TOGETHER
BRINGING PEOPLE TOGETHER

Activating public spaces with food & beverage, art, entertainment, etc. promotes a healthy downtown environment where people feel safe and happy to be a part of their community. 

Daily Pedestrians
Daily Pedestrians

120,831 Avg. Daily Pedestrians
That is almost the equivalent of the entire population of Vallejo, California walking around Union Square!

PRIMARY REASON FOR VISITING UNION SQUARE
PRIMARY REASON FOR VISITING UNION SQUARE

Followed by shopping (19%) and work (15%) Sightseeing 39%

LEVERAGED PUBLIC FUNDING
LEVERAGED PUBLIC FUNDING

The Union Square Foundation is a 501c3 nonprofit that was formed to raise additional funds for public realm improvements and homeless services. 

Maiden Lane
MAIDEN LANE

A former red light district prior to the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, Maiden Lane is now home to boutiques and art galleries. Short term solutions include installing flower baskets, planting at tree bases, and activating with food & beverage, art installations, and entertainment. Click for more project information

Campton Place
CAMPTON PLACE

A blank canvas such as Campton Place deserves to be transformed into a vibrant, activated space with art installations, food and entertainment. Recently, the street has received funding through the City grant from Groundplay and a Community Challenge Grant specifically for a light neon art project. Click for more project information

Hallidie Plaza
HALLIDIE PLAZA

As the gateway to the Union Square District, Hallidie Plaza remains a top priority to be rejuventated and activated with new life. A group of stakeholders are working together to develop a vision for small-scale kiosks, seating solutions on the mezzanine level, and public art. Click for more project information

"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

For pedestrian counts and public realm project information contact: 

Robbie Silver, Director of Marketing and Public Realm at Robbie@UnionSquareBID.com

 

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