Eyes on the Street: Twitter’s Alley-Turned-Plaza Bustles Near Civic Center

City transportation staffers enjoy the astroturfed plaza created on the Stevenson Street alley as part of the Twitter building's renovation. Photo: Jessica Kuo
City transportation staffers enjoy the astroturfed plaza created on the Stevenson Street alley as part of the Twitter building’s renovation. Photo: Jessica Kuo

A plaza is bustling with life several months after its creation on a segment of the Stevenson Street alleyway at 10th Street, next to the Twitter offices.

The “Market Square” plaza is a privately-owned public open space built as part of Twitter’s office construction and renovations. That intersection of the mid-Market, SoMa, and Civic Center areas was relatively dead just a few years ago before unoccupied buildings and lots were filled by condo buildings like NEMA and tech companies like Twitter and Uber. Occupying the floor of Twitter’s building next to the alley is “The Market,” a grocery store and food hall complete with tech-salary prices.

Today, the plaza serves as a gathering space filled largely with a mix of tech workers and city government employees coming from nearby offices to enjoy some coffee. (Is there any more effective way to populate a pedestrianized alley than by opening a Blue Bottle?)

Stevenson's previous iterations, as seen in 2007 (left) and 2012 (right). Photos: Google Street View
Stevenson’s previous iterations, as seen in 2007 (left) and 2012 (right). Photos: Google Street View
  • Mesozoic Polk

    Instead of smiling faces, there could be happily parked cars at this location. Such a missed opportunity 🙁

  • Bruce

    What a waste of space.

  • Dark Soul

    Removing Parking space just too..do that

  • NoeValleyJim

    The sidewalks were much nicer when they were smeared with human feces.

  • Those “techies,” boy, they sure are ruining the _real_ San Francisco with all their livability and innovation crap! Think of all the motor traffic that could have been invigorating this space in its own special way…

  • StrixNoctis .

    I’m surprised there aren’t cars parked there anyway, like some drivers do to the bike lanes and sidewalks in some areas.

  • Reginald_Bigsby

    Have you noticed how this ‘public’ place is seemingly bereft of the undesirables that inhabit every other public place in the area? Semi-Public Privately Policed Places is a more accurate term.

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