The San Francisco departments of Public Health (SFDPH) and Planning used the Sustainable Communities Index (SCI) to describe community assets in the Central Corridor and make recommendations for a plan that will guide development between Market, Townsend, Second, and Sixth streets. SCI, developed by SFDPH in 2007, is a system used to analyze communities based on over 100 performance indicators in seven categories: environment, transportation, community, education, housing, economy, and the public realm, which includes a community’s retail stores, public services, and amenities. The departments analyzed the corridor’s strengths and vulnerabilities and offered recommendations in each category to improve neighborhood health. SFDPH recommended planting more trees and expanding parks, mitigating air and noise pollution, addressing pedestrian and bicycle safety, and providing more affordable housing.
The city conducted this project through funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Healthy Community Design Initiative.