The Central Market Community Benefit District (CMCBD) provides core neighborhood services with its Community Guides and Clean Teams, and  promotes local businesses, encourages economic development and public improvements, co-coordinates numerous major events and advocates on behalf of its constituents with respect to a host of public policy, planning and quality-of-life issues.

The CMCBD Corporation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization led by a staff and Board of Directors, all of whom are property owners or other neighborhood stakeholders from the district. The nonprofit administers CMCBD funds and manages the services provided on behalf of all the property owners and the district it serves.



The CMCBD makes the Central Market neighborhood a safer, more attractive, more desirable place to work, live, shop, own a business and property, by delivering services beyond those the City of San Francisco can provide. Initial funding began in 2007 and a 15-year renewal was approved by voting in 2013.

In 2012, when the City of San Francisco’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development objectively evaluated all the CBDs in the City, it found that Community Benefit Districts:

  • Outperformed citywide trends on the majority of studied indicators, including public realm cleanliness, public safety, and economic resiliency.
  • Had CBD-maintained streets that were cleaner than similar commercial streets located in the same Supervisorial District. Enjoyed consistent, significant ( – 68%) declines in criminal activity.
  • Were insulated from the effects of the 07/09 recessions. While citywide tax revenues declined by 20% in 07/09, CBD district’s sales tax revenues increased +4.8%.


Between 2006 and 2013 alone, the CMCBD:

  • Completed 56,034 cleaning and maintenance service requests
  • Reported 17,482 safety hazards and illegal activities
  • Provided 15,074 merchant and visitor assistance services
  • Removed 6,793 graffiti tags, stickers, illegal postings
  • Performed 2,136 street cleanups and removal of over flowing trash from public trash cans
  • Addressed 9,026 social service outreach and assistance incidents
  • Produced and/or sponsored 143 community marketing events to attract shoppers, diners, potential tenants and investors.

Bottom line: However you measure it, the Central Market area is a better place to be, thanks to the CMCBD.


Source: Office of Economic and Workforce Development’s (OEWD) Impact Analysis of San Francisco’s Community Benefit Districts (CBDs), January, 2013.