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An Asian-inspired night market was successfully tested in San Francisco’s Sunset District

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) — Food, shopping and music were all present Friday in San Francisco’s Sunset District. For the first time, the neighborhood hosted an Asian-inspired night market.

“Night markets bring people together. They make the streets safer, they give a boost to small businesses,” said Supervisor Joel Engardio.

Engardio is the man who brought the market to life.

He said he came up with the idea after visiting similar night markets in Taiwan.

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“I love it. I’ve never seen anything like this. I grew up here in Sunset and this is the first time I’ve seen a night market, so it’s really special,” said Paula Mak, resident of Sunset.

Mak says she thinks events like this are exactly what the city needs to combat its struggling image.

Not only for local residents, but also for small businesses, many of whom said the market presented a good opportunity for them to expand their customer base.

“I’ve seen a lot of promotion online, but I think maybe that’s something that’s missing in San Francisco right now,” Meghan Grady said.

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After hosting a successful Dreamforce convention earlier in the week, city officials say it’s important to remember local neighborhoods as well.

“It’s really about the locals. It’s about the people who live on the avenues of San Francisco, the different neighborhood groups and the businesses that the local community supports,” said San Francisco Mayor London Breed.

And given the apparent success of this trial, Engardio says he hopes to bring back the night market to learn more.

“We want to have night markets every evening at sunset. So this is where we’re going to figure out what works and what doesn’t. Give us your feedback and we’ll make it even better. next year.” he said.

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