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Goodbye to Chris Bluse

It is with great regret that we bid Chris Bluse, DPCBD Chief Financial Officer, a fond farewell. Chris has been the indefatigable and ever vigilant CFO from the inception of the CBD, and has worked closely with the Board, City Hall, our attorney, accountant, and......

Meet Jake

At the 9 September 2020 DPCBD Board meeting, Jake Levinson was unanimously elected President of the Board. A native San Franciscan who grew up in the City and in Marin and who was approved as a DPCBD Board member in January 2019, Jake is enthusiastic......

Fresh perspective

This will be my final post as president/chair of the Discover Polk CBD Board; my term ended on 31 August 2020 when my family moved our primary residence to a property outside the City. It has been my honor and great pleasure to watch the......

Imagine a curated art show along Polk Street!

(Full disclosure: this is a sneak peek) As you may know, the proceeds from sales at the annual “Delicious” food-themed art show at STUDIO Gallery on Pacific go to the SF Marin Food Bank. This year the show will take a creative twist: original works......

Our Street Plus ambassadors

You have undoubtedly seen our Discover Polk StreetPlus team, sweeping sidewalks and gutters, abating graffiti and power washing sidewalks. Did you know they also provide a number of social and hospitality services? Early in the morning they wake people sleeping on the sidewalk and encourage......

Discover Polk in the news

Polk Street is starting to emerge from COVID-19 restrictions and was recently featured in television news reports and a Hoodline article about outdoor dining. Look for more spaces to open up for well-spaced dining experiences, keep an eye on our blogs about essential businesses and openings, and......

Big Bellies in Discover Polk!

Five Big Bellies have been installed in the Discover Polk District. These are brightly colored rubbish bins that have a foot pedal to open the hopper, where trash is deposited and cannot be retrieved. A solar-powered compactor responds to volume and compacts trash so that......

Curfew updates

During the curfew ordered by the Mayor’s office, some of our businesses are temporarily closed. Others (notably, Walgreen’s) have closed because of damage from looting. Please check our Essential Polk page for updates on open hours as we receive them; we try to update daily,......

Curbside transactions in Discover Polk CBD

Discover Polk’s Executive Management team partnered with merchant and business associations and the D3 Supervisor’s office to petition City Hall to allow curbside pickups for San Francisco small businesses. As Duncan Ley says: “We were thrilled to work with Supervisor Peskin’s Office to help merchants’ voices be......