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.

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

  • Arjuna S

    My wife and I, two software engineers in South Bay would love to buy a place in the city but we are finding that places are either too expensive or are BMR. I feel like buying in San Francisco will only work for the very wealthy or the (relatively) poor, and not for the middle class

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