San Francisco’s 6th Street has had its troubles over the years, but it is bouncing back. And a great opportunity to see all the new businesses on the block and some great art comes on Friday, October 13 from 5-9pm. That’s when 6th Street hosts the 7th annual “2 Blocks of Art” art walk along 6th Street from Market to Howard.
If you are a person feeling that San Francisco is losing its authenticity, this event will revive your spirits. 6th Street is nothing if not authentic. It combines the old, blue-collar San Francisco with the cutting edge art of today. If you have not visited 6th Street in a while, the diversity of quality food options will surprise you.
The lead organization behind 2 Blocks of Art is the Central Market Community Benefit District. Neighborhood collaborators include:
Bayanihan Community Center
Crossroads Youth Program
Hospitality House’s Community Arts
Inks of Truth
Luggage Store Gallery
The event promotes local artists and neighborhood small businesses, and helps reinforce Central Market as an arts and cultural destination. Many residents take pride in outsiders coming to appreciate their neighborhood. My organization, the Tenderloin Housing Clinic, runs three SRO hotels in the area and our tenants enjoy the scene.
2 Blocks of Art also helps beautify and activate vacant storefronts, and exposes residents and visitors to neighborhood resources such as youth programs and job training centers.
And last but not least: the event is free.
Randy Shaw is Editor of Beyond ChronFiled under: Mid-Market / Tenderloin