Fri, Jun 14, 2013 -- 9:30 AM

Preserving San Francisco's 'Living History'

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The window of San Francisco's Marcus Books in the Fillmore District.
The window of San Francisco's Marcus Books in the Fillmore District.

San Francisco's Marcus Books, billed as the oldest black bookstore in the United States, may be on the brink of closure. Supporters are rallying to save it. But can the city retain its historic and diverse businesses and institutions in the face of gentrification and rising real estate prices? That's one of the questions that organizers of this weekend's "Sustaining San Francisco's Living History" summit are hoping to answer. The event will bring together community, business and civic leaders for a discussion of what can be done to prevent the loss of the city's cultural identity.

Host: Rachael Myrow


  • Alan Martinez, architect and former member of the SF Historic Preservation Commission
  • Mia Gonzales, owner of Encantada Gallery in San Francisco's Mission District
  • Mike Buhler, executive director of San Francisco Heritage, a nonprofit working to preserve and enhance San Francisco's architectural and cultural identity

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