Heritage is pleased to announce the Community Summit: “Sustaining San Francisco’s Living History” on Saturday, June 15.
In a city undergoing tremendous cultural, social, and demographic changes, increasing rents and property values are pushing many long-time residents and businesses out of the city. While various communities throughout San Francisco are working to reverse this trend, significant progress cannot be made without a coordinated and concerted effort.
“Sustaining San Francisco’s Living History” will convene community, business, and civic leaders for a discussion about what can be done to prevent the loss of heritage businesses and community institutions that help define San Francisco’s unique cultural identity.
The Summit will take place on June 15 from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Doors will open for registration at 9:30 a.m. The event is free to the public, with a $15 suggested donation to cover the cost of lunch.
Keynote presenter Darlene Rios Drapkin of Urban Transformation will discuss lessons from the Main Street program in the Bay Area during the lunch hour. Other speakers include representatives from the Chinatown Community Development Center, Filipino American Development Foundation, Gellert Family Business Resource Center (USF), Japantown Organizing Committee, Lower 24th Streets Merchants Association, San Francisco Latino Historical Society, San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development’s “Invest in Neighborhoods” initiative, San Francisco Planning Department, and the Small Business Commission. Ethno musician Danongan Kalanduyan will deliver a special Filipino Kulintang performance and Gloria Toolsie, one of the original founders of San Francisco’s annual Carnaval festival, will demonstrate homemade Trinidadian Carnival costumes and the traditional delicacies of Caribbean foodways. Special guest Supervisor Jane Kim will provide opening remarks.