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Polk’s essential services are open to serve the community

With the entire state of California under shelter-in-place restrictions, we are called to adapt to a new “normal.” We in the Discover Polk District are very fortunate to have a number of essential businesses that continue to serve our community. Some restaurants are open limited......

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......

Discover Polk CBD Newsletter

Our Executive Directors publish an informative newsletter on a regular basis, updating residents and businesses on activities, progress, and general neighborhood information. The most recent publication (Saturday, 02 May 2020) highlighted the StreetPlus Clean Team who are power washing and picking up every day, Big......

#DiscoverPolkcommunitystrong

I hesitated to use the hashtag and “anywhere/strong” but, in fact, the Discover Polk community has been, and continues to be hardworking, respectful of physical distance, and supportive of each other in a very trying time. Businesses have come up with ingenious ways of sustaining......

Six Foot Social Club!

Leave it to Ray Bair, owner of Cheese Plus at 2001 Polk Street, to come up with the idea of designing tote bags and shirts (now with Kids’ sizes!) to remind people to respect a 6-foot physical distance. A real plus is that it’s a......