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“Valencia Lights” Official Lighting Ceremony

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If you light it, they will come. Such was the successful reasoning of the Valencia Corridor Merchants Association as they sought to beautify and promote the Mission District avenue that has become a symbol of the area's resilience during COVID and its recovery as we move beyond it. On Friday, May 7 at 8pm, a ceremony between 16th & 17th on Valencia Street will officially launch the project that has electrified community support - and the neighborhood - with LED ambient string lights stretching all the way to 24th Street.

"Lighting up Valencia from end to end, from 14th to 24th street, will bring a sense of community and warmth we all need as we re-emerge as a City and come back swinging. It's a project built by the community and we should all be so proud of that fact. We did this together." said Jonah Buffa, co-owner of Fellow Barber and President of the Valencia Corridor Merchants Association. "TheVCMA as the group, in service of the merchants, the corridor, residents and neighborhood, really made this happen."

The lighting of Valencia Street for a ten-block stretch is the first such initiative in the history of the neighborhood, and a direct outgrowth of the COVID-induced Shared Spaces Program - of which the Valencia Street Corridor was the first -- which continues on weekends through June 27 when three blocks of Valencia becomes a pedestrian and cyclist only area to encourage retail and outdoor socially distant dining options. Cars are prohibited during this period in the following blocks of Valencia: 16th to 17th; 18th to 19th; 20th to 21st during the following times: Fridays 5pm to 9pm and Saturdays 12pm - 9pm. Vehicular traffic on the cross streets will not be impacted.
If you light it, they will come. Such was the successful reasoning of the Valencia Corridor Merchants Association as they sought to beautify and promote the Mission District avenue that has become a symbol of the area's resilience during COVID and its recovery as we move beyond it. On Friday, May 7 at 8pm, a ceremony between 16th & 17th on Valencia Street will officially launch the project that has electrified community support - and the neighborhood - with LED ambient string lights stretching all the way to 24th Street.

"Lighting up Valencia from end to end, from 14th to 24th street, will bring a sense of community and warmth we all need as we re-emerge as a City and come back swinging. It's a project built by the community and we should all be so proud of that fact. We did this together." said Jonah Buffa, co-owner of Fellow Barber and President of the Valencia Corridor Merchants Association. "TheVCMA as the group, in service of the merchants, the corridor, residents and neighborhood, really made this happen."

The lighting of Valencia Street for a ten-block stretch is the first such initiative in the history of the neighborhood, and a direct outgrowth of the COVID-induced Shared Spaces Program - of which the Valencia Street Corridor was the first -- which continues on weekends through June 27 when three blocks of Valencia becomes a pedestrian and cyclist only area to encourage retail and outdoor socially distant dining options. Cars are prohibited during this period in the following blocks of Valencia: 16th to 17th; 18th to 19th; 20th to 21st during the following times: Fridays 5pm to 9pm and Saturdays 12pm - 9pm. Vehicular traffic on the cross streets will not be impacted.
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