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The South Mission: Where Victorians Meet Interactive Maps

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[Capp Street Houses. Photo Credit: Eric Bennion via SF City Guides]

They've been working on it for years, and late last week the Planning Department released their Eastern Neighborhoods Mission Area Plan (South Mission) Historic Resource Survey. It's been conceived as a tool to identify historic assets in this iconic neighborhood and there are recommended changes in zoning and permitted uses and it does break out into potentially landmarkable districts. The department addresses everyone- Latinos, yuppies, hipsters- as part of Gavin Newsom's mandate that everyone be welcome in San Francisco:

The Mission District is, in many ways, the heart of San Francisco. For much of its history, the Mission developed as a semi-independent “city within a city” with its own rich cultural and architectural heritage. The oldest settled area of the city, the Mission has retained distinctive identity and character even though subsequent historic events have continued to transform it. The Mission, long a working-class stronghold, is a mixed-used district centrally located between the downtown districts and the outlying residential neighborhoods... More recently, it has become the center of Latino culture in San Francisco and an incubator for countercultures and bohemia. The district is also fast becoming a desirable residential enclave for upscale professionals, a phenomenon that raises issues of gentrification, displacement, and identity. Within this environment, the San Francisco Planning Department’s Mission Area Plan proposes new land use and zoning controls that are intended to balance growth with preservation.The survey's densely packed but broken up into individual (and printable) .pdfs like Olsen's Queen Anne Cottages Historic District and the Hampshire Street False-Fronts Historic District. For hours on online fun, there's an interactive Google map of the entire project, lot by lot, clapboard by bracket. The project is now open for public comment, and there are community workshops planned for Wednesday, September 22, and Saturday, September 25, 2010 at the Cesar Chavez School.
· Survey Materials [SF Planning]
· South Mission Historic District Interactive Map [SF Planning]