The CBD/BID model is a revitalization strategy to invigorate or renew
commercial districts. Property and business owners pay special assessments to
create a stable revenue source for the provision of supplemental activities and
improvements within district boundaries, including public realm cleanliness,
public safety, beautification, streetscape improvements, marketing, promotions,
district advocacy and other economic development activities. By attracting
pedestrians, commercial activity, and new businesses, district investments
begin to stimulate depressed, or underperforming commercial regions. And
through revitalization, outcomes emerge which directly benefit property and
business owners, and improve the district as a whole: higher revenues for
district merchants; stabilization or growth in property values; new jobs; and
streets that are safer and cleaner than before.

Improving properties, businesses, and commercial viability is a primary
district motivation, but other outcomes, which underscore the ambition of
transforming commercial corridors into vibrant mixed-use districts with high
standards of livability, benefit a broader community. Public realm cleanliness,
safety, streetscape improvements, and beautification efforts directly improve
the conditions within districts that influence their desirability as a place to
shop, visit and live.

Districts are situated to respond to a broad array of problems and constituent
concerns, given their unique focus on a specified geography, most often a
neighborhood commercial district or corridor. Further, given that CBDs and
BIDs are managed by nonprofit organizations, they can receive donations,
apply for grants and leverage in-kind support to fund new initiatives
and projects beyond the services specified in their management plan. By
underwriting these investments, districts hope to shape long-term outcomes,
such as enhanced cleanliness and public safety, low vacancy rates in the
retail district, capital improvements, new public open space and community

Districts also play a vital role in municipal governance by establishing policy
partnerships with local governments and influencing the development of their
regions. In San Francisco, CBD/BID Executive Directors work closely with
constituents and represent their concerns to city policymakers, through direct
contact with Supervisors, or with the support of OEWD.

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The information above was taken directly from

Impact Analysis of San Francisco’s
Property & Business Improvement
Districts (CBDs/BIDs)
Fall 2012  by Stanley Ellicott and Lisa Pagan
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