2019 North Beach Neighbors Membership Survey


Thank You

The results from our 2019 Membership Survey are in. Thanks to all of our members who took the time to fill out the survey and share priorities, ideas, and concerns. This feedback will directly impact how our organization spends its time in the year to come to serve you and serve the neighborhood.

To participate in next year’s survey, join as a Member of North Beach Neighbors.

98 Respondents

This year’s survey saw more than 3x participation as last year.

Past Surveys

2018 Membership Survey


North Beach Strongly Supports The Central Subway

Our strong support for the extension of the Central Subway to North Beach continues. Last year, 89% supported the extension.

Our Complete Streets committee is focused on making sure the extension is a top priority for SFMTA and all officials.

More Information is Needed about a Possible Navigation Center

To help our Members get answers, we wrote a letter to Mayor Breed, Supervisor Peskin, and the The Department of Homelessness & Supportive Housing. From that letter and follow-up discussions, we learned that there are no longer plans for a Navigation Center at the Bay & Kearny site, and no other locations in all of District 3 are being considered.

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Quality of Life is Getting Worse for Most

This is similar to last year’s survey in which 60% of respondents thought the quality of life was declining.

Common Positive Themes

Increased Concern & Action

New Businesses

Farmers Market Opening

Park Improvements

Common Negative Themes

Empty Storefronts




The Neighborhood has Big Dreams for Improved Open & Public Spaces

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Select Responses

I have lived in the neighborhood for 30 years and I have never seen North Beach in such bad shape. It is now a regular occurrence to see mentally ill homeless people screaming and acting out. It can be downright scary.
— Member
The Joe DiMaggio Playground makeover is excellent. The new library with its adjacent landscaping is good. The rent-a-bikes alongside the library on Lombard is good.
— Member
I’ve lived here in and off for over 40 years, it’s had its ups and downs, but you can’t beat the diversity, beauty, and genuine friendliness of the residents.
— Member
Narrow sidewalks throughout the neighborhood, safety concerns, and vacancies and difficulties for new businesses to open are not helping build a vibrant community. The Farmer’s Market is awesome though and has improved the quality of life here.
— Member


Organization Feedback

We also asked questions about how we could become a better organization. What would a more enriching membership experience look like? Where can we improve?

What do you like least about North Beach Neighbors?

Not enough chances to interact outside meetings

Membership diversity needs to improve

Some individuals command too much time for personal topics

Not enough members take initiative

What do you like best about North Beach Neighbors?

The organization truly cares and is committed

Topics and speakers are always timely and relevant

The tone is positive and respectful

The group is action oriented and does more than just talk


What did North Beach Neighbors accomplish in the last year that was most important to you?

#1 - Started the North Beach Farmers Market

#2 - Cleaned up the neighborhood (Ash Cans, Big Belly, Adopt-a-street)

#3 - Raised the issue of small business health (Vacancy Study, New Business Survey)

#4 - Improved plans for the Washington Park closure