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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 Capitalism

Neighborhood Capitalism

Urban Planning, Municipal Government, and the Mission Promotion Association

(p.58) Three Neighborhood Capitalism
Making the Mission

Ocean Howell

University of Chicago Press

Between 1900 and 1912, no political coalition could hold onto City Hall for long, and in the wake of the defeat of the Burnham Plan, there was no centralized authority to impose comprehensive urban planning. Led by James Rolph, the Mission Promotion Association (MPA) would capitalize on this circumstance, broadening its base by incorporating the unions that were moving to the Mission. The MPA established itself as a de facto urban planning authority not only within the Mission District, but in the entire southern half of San Francisco. It also wielded influence in the California state legislature and with the association that governed fire insurance rates for the entire Western United States. So powerful was this Progressive Era improvement club, that its opponents accused it of being a political machine.

Keywords:   urban planning, municipal government, California state government, labor unions, improvement clubs, Union Labor Party, progressive era, San Francisco armory, James Rolph, machine politics

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