The Yerba Buena neighborhood is defined by an incredible diversity of residents, cultural offerings and businesses from about Second to Fifth and Market to Harrison Streets. It bustles with world-class museums, shopping, dining, convention space, hotels, and educational institutions. It includes a variety of housing from senior housing and below market rate housing to luxury condominiums and live/work lofts. Yerba Buena is perhaps the most dynamic district in the City – a celebration of San Francisco’s eclectic backbone. To support the neighborhood and improve the quality of life here, the Yerba Buena Community Benefit District (YBCBD) was created. The YBCBD management corporation, a nonprofit organization, resulted from a comprehensive and thoughtful effort by people who live and work in the district to provide programs that foster a safer and more secure community, create a cleaner and greener neighborhood, and reinforce the viability of our economic base. Funded through a local property tax assessment, the YBCBD began implementing programs in 2009. They include a Community Guides program, 10B police officer program, graffiti removal, street and sidewalk cleaning, marketing and other improvement efforts. The YBCBD also engaged the community in a planning process to improve street and public spaces. The result of this effort is the Yerba Buena Street Life Plan. It includes 36 projects targeted to be completed over the next 10 years and range from Parkmobiles (small siting areas that add green space to a very urban neighborhood) to working with the Moscone Convention Center to completely re-imagine the streetscape surrounding the convention center. Learn more about the Yerba Buena Community Benefit District.
We’re implementing programs to create a neighborhood that is safer, cleaner, greener and an even better place to conduct business. Services listed below are funded by district property owners.
A cleaner district creates a more inviting place for people to live, work, study and explore. The Clean Team works to improve the appearance and cleanliness of the district every day 6 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. They steam clean all sidewalks in the district twice a month, work daily on sidewalk cleaning and gutter sweeping, and remove trash on a frequent basis. They also oust weeds, clean tree wells, get rid of graffiti, and paint poles, mail boxes and fire plugs.
Community Guides Program
YBCBD Community Guides serve as goodwill ambassadors in the neighborhood. Their efforts contribute to creating a safer, cleaner and even more inspiring place for people to live, work, study and explore. YBCBD Community Guides are in the district every day from 6:00am to midnight.
In addition to the City’s existing police services, the YBCBD provides funding for a San Francisco Police Department bike patrol officer assigned specifically to the neighborhood. The officer addresses quality of life issues, and adds 70 hours per week of police time to the neighborhood (10 hours a day, seven days a week).
Streets & Public Space
The YBCBD adopted the Yerba Buena Street Life Plan in the summer of 2011 to make our dynamic neighborhood an even better place. Residents, business owners, cultural organizations, hoteliers, City agencies and many others contributed ideas to its development as part of a comprehensive community participation process. The 36 projects within the plan are designed to embrace the unique character of the district, foster social interaction and community pride, and make the neighborhood a better place to walk and bike, and promote safety, beauty and sustainability.
Community Benefit Fund
As part of our commitment to advancing the quality of life for residents and visitors in the Yerba Buena Neighborhood, the YBCBD will award up to $175,000 annually to projects that enhance neighborhood vitality and promote community connections. The Fund is governed by YBCBD’s Community Benefit Fund Committee, which is comprised of board members, and community representatives who live, work, and/or volunteer in the Yerba Buena neighborhood. Grant eligibility and application information can be found on the YBCBD website.