In addition to adaptive re-use one of buildings, what is more interesting about the facades of stores in the Mission is the improvisation. In almost no other part of the city can the owner of businesses get away with this amount of improvisation.
Some business in the Mission do not even repaint, much less tear down and rebuild, they just put vinyl signs over existing signs. It has a no nonsense feel to it that reminds me of the improvisation that I have seen in developing countries, but generally not in a big city.
I am included a number of pictures to show my point, but there are many other examples along Mission Street. First, the Chinese miscellaneous goods did not even bother tearing down the seafood sign. Second, the Old West clothing seller put his sign over Mora’s boots, but did not bother to tear down the sign sticking into the sidewalk. Finally, the computer business just put a vinyl sign over the old business.
For another article on creative adaptive re-use in the Mission, see my other article. http://bit.ly/9wig6A