New Policy Paper: “Sustaining San Francisco’s Living History”

November 18th, 2014 No Comments »
Vital Quartiers (Craigfinlay on Flickr)

The report contains over 16 domestic and international case studies of potential models for San Francisco. This photo depicts The Abby Bookshop in Paris’ Latin Quarter and a participant in the City’s Vital’ Quartier program. Through the program, Paris’ planning agency purchases properties in 11 predefined areas and then leases them to local businesses to ensure their survival amidst exceedingly high real estate expenses. Photo credit: Craigfinlay on Flickr

In a new policy paper, San Francisco Heritage presents solutions to address the increasing displacement of the longtime institutions that contribute to the city’s cultural landscape. Defined by their contribution to society, knowledge, or culture, the city’s cultural heritage assets are often intangible and may include non-profit organizations, local businesses, events, and even people. The 52-page report, “Sustaining San Francisco’s Living History: Strategies for Conserving Cultural Heritage Assets,” presents incentive-based solutions to help protect cultural heritage assets, drawing from case studies of successful initiatives around the country and the world. It also highlights a number of existing conservation initiatives already going on in San Francisco. Despite the effectiveness of traditional historic preservation tools in conserving architectural resources, they are often ill-suited to address the challenges facing heritage businesses and other traditional uses. It is our hope that this report spurs new policy and programs, while creating a common language that can be used to further encourage productive discussion. For more information or to download a copy of the report, click “Learn More.”

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