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Making the Mission: Planning and Ethnicity in San Francisco

Ocean Howell


For more than a century commentators have referred to San Francisco's Mission District as a “city within a city.” This book demonstrates that it was no accident that the neighborhood came to be thought of this way. In the aftermath of the Great Earthquake and Fire of 1906, Mission residents (“Missionites,” as they proudly referred to themselves) organized to claim the right to plan their own neighborhood. Mission-based groups mobilized a politics of place and ethnicity to create a strong identity, one that was explicitly white. Organizations like the Mission Promotion Association wielded decis ... More

Keywords: San Francisco, urban planning, Mission District, neighborhood, urban renewal, Progressive Era, New Deal, Great Society, ethnicity, Great Earthquake and Fire of 1906

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780226141398
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2016 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226290287.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ocean Howell, author
University of Oregon

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Front Matter

Part One Neighborhood Power in the “White Man’s Territory,” 1906–29

Part Two The New Deal in the Mission: Revitalizing Community, Eroding Local Power

Part Three Progress for Whom?: Transportation Planning, Urban Renewal, and Multiethnic Coalition Building, 1945–60

Part Four Return to the City within a City: Multiethnic Coalitions and Urban Renewal, 1961–73