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Making the MissionPlanning and Ethnicity in San Francisco$
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Ocean Howell

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780226141398

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226290287.001.0001

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Neighborhood Power in Twentieth-Century San Francisco

Neighborhood Power in Twentieth-Century San Francisco

(p.1) One Neighborhood Power in Twentieth-Century San Francisco
Making the Mission

Ocean Howell

University of Chicago Press

This introductory chapter gives a broad overview of the book. It also lays out a framework for how to understand neighborhoods. They rarely have official status, and are instead cultural constructs whose very existence depends upon the ongoing investments (psychological and material) of residents. Neighborhoods are also constantly in flux. The chapter illustrates this by showing how the borders of the Mission have changed dramatically across the twentieth century. The chapter shows that neighborhood identity has been inextricably bound up with ethnic identity. Finally, the chapter argues that more histories should focus on smaller urban scales, rather than only on the municipal scale.

Keywords:   San Francisco, urban planning, mission district, neighborhood, urban renewal, progressive era, New Deal, great society, ethnicity, Great Earthquake and Fire of 1906

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