Saturday, September 29, 2012

We're having a party!

Right on 6th Street where for the third year non-profit economic development company, Urban Solutions, presented their third annual "2 Blocks of Art" program last night. Regretting that you missed it? Despair not! You can catch the next one one on October 19 from 4-8pm)

This event coincides with the "24 Days of Central Market Arts Festival"  which also started yesterday and runs through October 21st. I really love these events which showcase such unique talent - art, music, performance and food - for which the City is so well known.

As most of you know, 6th Street is located in the Mid-Market district - increasingly becoming  referred to as MIDMA - I believe this acronym was coined by artist Richard Perri and you can watch on this You Tube clip about one of his public art installations. He's right he when says that MIDMA is becoming the center of the art movement in San Francisco.

And not only is MIDMA becoming the arts center of the City, there is so much positive development going on there that it's taking shape as a real community - live (new residential developments by Avalon Bay at 55 - 9th Street and Crescent  Heights at 1401 Market);   work (Twitter has moved into 1355 Market and Dolby has relocated their HQ to 1275 Market) and eat (try Pearl's Deluxe Burgers and Dottie's True Blue Cafe at 6th & Market) and entertain (The Warfield, The Orpheum, American Conservatory Theater relocating to the site of the former Strand Theater) and play (numerous bars and clubs such as  The Monarch where Urban Solutions held their reception last night).

I think a lot of people are still fearful of MIDMA but remember  "we have nothing to fear but fear itself"! It's really okay in MIDMA - more than okay. So, on with the party with a tune from the great Sam Cooke.

p.s. thanks to the Mayor's Office of Economic & Workforce Development, San Francisco Arts Commission, Urban Solutions, Sylvia & Young Yi, Fair Market Properties, Central Market Community Benefits District, Pooky and the many many people who have faith that MIDMA is a great place to be and have taken action on it.