Staying power in San Francisco is truly something to celebrate. So, the city is taking steps to acknowledge and preserve those businesses and organizations that have managed to survive and thrive for decades with a program called the San Francisco Legacy Business Registry.
A number of city businesses recently locked down their legacy status including favorites like Green Apple Books, Boudin Bakery, Cole Hardware, and Sam Wo Restaurant. Inclusion on the coveted registry requires nominated businesses to be up and running in the city for at least 30 years and prove that they have made a significant impact on the history or culture of their neighborhood. The Mayor or a member of the Board of Supervisors must nominate each business to receive such perks as city-funded grants and long-term lease agreements from landlords.
Only 300 businesses can make the cut each year and they must promise to maintain the historical name and essential business operations, physical features, craft and traditions of their original businesses. It's a very cool program in a city that often struggles to hang onto her history.
h/t: Richmond SF Blog
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