At one time, I lived in Louisville Kentucky. A local enthusiast of the Old Louisville neighborhood would discuss and compare the Mission District in San Francisco with Old Louisville in Louisville, KY. When I moved to San Francisco, I thought that there would be some fierce competition going on here like there was there. However, I could not find any clues until recently that the Mission District may in fact be triumphant in this race.
I stumbled upon a document from the SF Planning Department on a survey of the South Mission Historical Resources. I was absolutely amazed. I highly suggest that you check it out for yourself.
Perhaps, in the near future, the Mission District can milk it for all it’s worth just like they still do in Old Louisville. Just like Old Louisville, there can be a fabulous festival that shuts down part of the neighborhood just like the St. James Art Fair does for 3 days every October. I mean, it is actually shut down entirely. I have not seen an equal here in San Francisco as of yet.
Of course, just like San Francisco; Louisville, Kentucky has a lot of counterculture spirit. In addition to historic districts hosting upper class luxury events like the St. James Art Fair, there is also the UN-Fair Art Fair just a few blocks away. During the Holiday season, Victorian mega mansions in the area unite for a fundraiser called the Old Louisville Holiday House Tour.
I feel a lot of people don’t check out historical things from the planning committee in San Francisco because they think it is dry and boring and offers nothing for them. Let the UN-Fair, the St. James Art Fair, and the Holiday House Tour in Old Louisville tell you that there is something for everyone in Historic Preservation.