The seven blocks of Union Street from Van Ness to Steiner serves as the commercial corridor for San Francisco’s historic Cow Hollow neighborhood. One of the more affluent areas of San Francisco, Cow Hollow is home to many young professionals and families. The character of Union Street is defined in part by the conversion of old barns and Victorian carriage houses into charming storefronts.
Union Street is a citywide destination known for upscale restaurants, boutiques, spas, pet supply stores, fitness studios, cafes, and specialty stores. Sales tax captured in the district grew by 20% from 2006 to 2012, compared with 17% growth Citywide over the same period. The storefront vacancy rate is low and stable. Over the past several years the corridor’s offerings have shifted slightly, increasingly providing more personal service businesses. The Union Street Association is a strong and highly active merchant group dedicated to enhancing the vitality and character of Union Street.
Currently (as of early 2014), customized services employed on Union Street include:
- Commercial Corridors Program for additional street cleaning
- New street furniture and tree replacement