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Moderate-Priced Private Housing in Diamond Heights | Lecture

  • St. Aidan's Episcopal Church 101 Goldmine Drive San Francisco, CA (map)

As part of the Glen Park Neighborhoods History Project's meeting, I'll give a brief presentation about the so-called "Moderate-Priced Private Housing" developments in Diamond Heights. Less remembered than the neighborhood's Eichlers, these homes were celebrated in their day as "architecturally-interesting" and for helping to create an economically and racially diverse community. Initiated before state of federal housing non-discrimination policies, the project stirred some controversy but was ultimately considered a success by residents and neighbors. A three-dimensional architectural scale model of the entire neighborhood, including the proposed Moderate-Priced Private Housing, was built as an outreach (and part-marketing) tool to explain the benefits of the project to surrounding neighborhoods. The developments are extant today and are still cooperatively owned and/or provide low-cost housing to eligible residents.

[Photo Courtesy of San Francisco Public Library]