If anyone can cohabitate with low-income residents and transients, it’s San Francisco’s artists.
Mayor Gavin Newsom used Wednesday’s ribbon cutting of a new art store, Blick, located on Market and 6th Streets, as an example of what’s to come in the mid-Market area.
Millions of dollars are being poured into the gritty neighborhood in an attempt to supplant the strip clubs and liquor stores with arts venues, events, music and dance festivals.
While some may worry that the new revitalization will isolate the area’s residents living in the single occupancy room hotels along Market Street, Newsom said that is exactly why The City is using the arts to revitalize the area — artists tend to stray from gentrification.
“Look around — there are a lot of folks here living in SROs and you cannot distinguish them from, well, maybe politicians — but I’m not wearing a tie — from a lot of the artists and the folks down here celebrating the remarkable diversity of The City and that’s what the arts does.”