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Mid-Market neighborhood activists and property owners came to the neighborhood's defense yesterday when attendees at a San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association event questioned whether the city's public art projects in the Mid-Market area were helping to revitalize the chronically blighted area. Stanley Herzstein, who owns 1019 Market Street said that he has signed several new tenants since the project began and is confident the artwork has real-world, bottom-line benefits for the community. "The concept is not new," John Peterson, founder and president of Public Architecture said. "Art has been used to shift momentum in urban environments. It increases foot traffic. It drives retail opportunities." [SF Appeal]