Western Addition Map and Resources

Where is the Western Addition?

The boundaries of the Western Addition for the purposes of the Engage San Francisco Initiative are informed by those identified by the Western Addition Service Provider Cohort as described in the 2011 report:

  • Van Ness Avenue on the East end of the neighborhood (abuts the Civic Center)
  • Baker Street on the West end of the neighborhood (one block from USF)
  • Sutter Street on the North Side of the neighborhood (abuts Pacific Heights neighborhood)
  • Fulton Street on the South side of the neighborhood (abuts Haight neighborhood)
  • Below are links to some web resources that provide an introductory overview of the history of the Western Addition. This list is not complete. For more resources, or to make suggestions, please contact kmcotterman@usfca.edu.


    Chamberland, C. (1997, Spring). The House that Bop Built: Fillmore Cultural Capital.California History Magazine. Retrieved May 19, 2014

    Fillmore Timeline 1860 - 2001. (n.d.). PBS. Retrieved May 19, 2014

    Kamiya, G. (2013) Western Addition: A Basic History - Historical Essay. Originally excerpted from Cool Gray City of Love. New York, New York: Bloomsbury Publishing

    Pepin, E. (n.d.). The Fillmore District, San FranciscoThe Fillmore District, San Francisco. Retrieved May 19, 2014

    Rescuing Black History in the Fillmore. (2012, November 5) Using San Francisco History.

    First person Accounts of the Fillmore/ Western Addition

    Frederick, J. (n.d.). What Happened to the Fillmore?The Bold Italic. Retrieved May 19, 2014


    Carlsson, C. (n.d.). Redevelopment and Patronage Politics. Retrieved May 19, 2014

    Chen, A & Bass, A (n.d.) Rewriting Fillmore's Development History. Retrieved May 19, 2014.

    Close, C. (2008, July 21). How “Urban Renewal” Destroyed San Francisco’s Fillmore District. Retrieved May 19, 2014

    Cuenod, C. (n.d.). Redevelopment A-1 and Origin of St. Francis Square. Retrieved May 19, 2014

    Cuenod, C. (n.d.). The ILWU and Western Addition Redevelopment A-2. Retrieved May 19, 2014

    Disconnected Youth in San Francisco: A Roadmap to Improve the Life Chances of San Francisco’s Most Vulnerable Young Adults. (2008, January 1). Retrieved May 19, 2014

    Fillmore Redevelopment. (n.d.). Retrieved May 19, 2014

    Klein, J. (2008). A Community Lost: Urban Renewal and Displacement in San Francisco’s Western Addition District. Unpublished manuscript, University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA. Retrieved May 19, 2014

    Lai, C. (2012). The Racial Triangulation of Space: The Case of Urban Renewal in San Francisco's Fillmore District. Annals Of The Association Of American Geographers, 102(1), 151-170. doi:10.1080/00045608.2011.583572

    Rosen, M., & Sullivan, W.From Urban Renewal and Displacement to Economic Inclusion: San Francisco Affordable Housing Policy 1978-2012Poverty & Race Research Action Council. Retrieved May 19, 2014

    WACO Attacks Redevelopment. (n.d.). Retrieved May 19, 2014

    Western Addition A-1. (n.d.). Office of Community Investment and Infrastructure :. Retrieved May 19, 2014

    Western Addition A-2. (n.d.). Office of Community Investment and Infrastructure :. Retrieved May 19, 2014

    African-American History

    Brahinsky, R. (2011). "Hush Puppies," Communalist Politics, and Demolition Governance: The Rise and Fall of the Black Fillmore. In C. Carlsson & L. Elliott (Eds.)Ten Years That Shook The City: San Francisco 1968-78 (pp. 141-153). San Francisco, CA: City Lights Foundation Books.

    Henry, B., & Carlsson, C. (2004). The Race CardThe Political Edge (). San Francisco, CA: City Lights Foundation

    Q&A Categories. (n.d.). What's the History of San Francisco's Fillmore Neighborhood?. Retrieved May 19, 2014

    Tarwater-Scharp, L. (2011, February 23).The African-American experience in the Bay Area; the postwar years, part oneExaminer.com. Retrieved May 19, 2014