The Outer Richmond district is one of the most diverse neighborhoods in San Francisco with Chinese, Russian, Korean, Japanese, Irish and Cambodian residents. Geary Boulevard, a major east-west commercial thoroughfare, is surrounded by a ring of parks including the Presidio, Ocean Beach, Lands End, and Golden Gate Park. The corridor is a bustling district that is known for its Korean and Chinese restaurants, Irish bars, Russian grocery stores, personal care services, chain stores, fast food, neighborhood serving shops, and financial institutions.
Geary Boulevard is served by 38 Geary bus line, the most heavily used bus line in the city with over 50,000 passengers per day, and over 100,000 passengers per day in adjacent lines (1 California, 2 Clement, 31 Balboa). Geary Boulevard has several community-based organizations providing supportive services and enrichment activities for youth and families. An active merchants association exists with the potential to create a vibrant and sustainable CBD that will attract a mix of new businesses to the corridor.
Geary Boulevard is a thriving and vibrant commercial district, with a low vacancy rate and a high level of foot traffic. Sales tax captured in the district grew by 5% from 2006 to 2012, compared with 17% growth Citywide over the same period. The corridor features a high number of eating and drinking establishments and personal care, and a low storefront vacancy rate.
As of 2014, customized services for Geary Boulevard include the following:
- An Invest in Neighborhoods grant was awarded to Richmond District YMCA and Geary Merchants Association to install banners along the corridor.
- The Planning Department will conduct Opportunity Sites Analysis in the Richmond District
- The Office of Economic & Workforce Development conducted BizFitSF to assist small business.
- SF Travel and the merchant association are partnering on a project to increase marketing and neighborhood branding.