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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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Who Holds Final Authority?

Who Holds Final Authority?

The San Francisco Redevelopment Agency and the Mission Council on Redevelopment

(p.258) Eleven Who Holds Final Authority?
Making the Mission

Ocean Howell

University of Chicago Press

This chapter details the surprising encounter between the neighborhood-based planning groups and the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency (SFRA). The neighborhood groups had originally invited the SFRA to engage in collaborative planning for the Mission District, partly because they viewed the urban renewal program as the best tool to prevent the speculative displacement that might be triggered by the coming BART stations, and partly because they worried that the agency might otherwise try to clear the Mission. In fact, the SFRA had never planned to clear the neighborhood, and it proved willing to collaborate with the new Mission Council on Redevelopment (MCOR). However, problems arose when the SFRA revealed a plan that would have radically transformed the areas immediately surrounding the coming BART stations.

Keywords:   urban renewal, neighborhood-based planning, Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART), downtown San Francisco, San Francisco Redevelopment Agency, Mission Council on Redevelopment (MCOR), municipal government, model cities, great society

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