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Urban Planet: Pop-Up Shop as Revitalization Strategy

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Urban Planet is a daily roundup of blogs from around the world dealing specifically with urban environments. We’ll be on the lookout for websites outside the country that approach themes related to urban experiences and issues.

Pop-up stores are often used by entrepreneurs to create buzz over a short time period. But in San Francisco, the city government has recognized the value of these spaces in revitalizing retail deadspace. Partnering with pop-up incubator SQFT, San Francisco is adding a pop-up library, yoga studio, and cafe to the Mid-Market area. While the neighbourhood is central, transit accessible and relatively affordable, it suffers from crime, blight, and homelessness. It is hoped that the pop-ups will bring additional foot traffic to support existing business and allow burgeoning entrepreneurs to access to spaces usually out of reach. (GOOD)

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