Conservators are big on adaptive re-use of older building, but the Mission takes it to a whole new level. Many store owners pretty fussy about how the facade of their establishment looks and spend many hours of their time working on it. City spend a lot of money providing incentives to property owners to improve their facades.
Much has been written about murals in the Mission. However, you should also look at the facade. In the Mission, many times, the facade is not as important as what is going on inside. Here are some examples of creative adaptive re-use in the Mission. A theatre that is made into a parking garage. A Chinese company that is made into a restruant. A drug store that is made into a restaurant.