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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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The Motoring Public and Neighborhood Erasure

The Motoring Public and Neighborhood Erasure

The Culture and Practice of Postwar Transportation Planning

(p.177) Eight The Motoring Public and Neighborhood Erasure
Making the Mission

Ocean Howell

University of Chicago Press

In the period immediately following World War II, the federal government made tremendous investments in urban renewal and highway infrastructure. Many of the city's largest downtown-based corporations formed a lobbying group--the San Francisco Planning and Urban Renewal Association (SPUR)--that succeeded in controlling how and where this money would be spent. The downtown planning regime's priorities were freeways and the eradication of “blight.” The Mission District was slated for three freeways, though officials judged that two of them would cause too much damage to land values and tax revenues. The planning regime also quietly planned two Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) stations for the Mission. Neighborhood groups had little success influencing the process, but planning energies were not moribund. Indeed, the neighborhood planning traditions that dated back to the Progressive Era survived in remarkably similar form.

Keywords:   transportation planning, bridge planning, highways, freeway revolt, San Francisco Planning and Urban Renewal Association, fiscalization of land use, blight, urban renewal, downtown San Francisco, Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART)

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