Pleasant Street has been a historic district since 1989, but 40 of the neighborhood's historic buildings have been demolished. Residents are worried that Pleasant Street, the city's oldest black residential area, may lose its historic status.
The 33rd Annual Hoggetowne Medieval Faire took over the Alachua County Fairgrounds, at 3100 NE 39th Ave., Saturday and Sunday with costumes, crafts and creativity. Thousands of people enjoyed the bustling medieval marketplace that was organized by the City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department. There were more than 160 artisans, including blacksmiths, glassblowers and jewelers, and nine stages that included activities such as a carousel, camel rides and shows. Visitors could also shoot arrows or hurl axes at targets. Food options included pastries, sweet potato fries, turkey legs and ribs served from food trucks. The faire will return to the fairgrounds this weekend and will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. It costs $18 for adults, $8 for children from 5 years old to 17 years old and is free for children under 4.