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San Francisco and its story

The past

San Francisco was founded on June 29, 1776 by Lieutenant José Joaquin Moraga and Francisco Palóu, two Spanish explorers. They established the Presidio of San Francisco and a mission, Mission San Francisco de Asís (nowadays known as Mission Dolores). During the California Gold Rush a myriad of adventurers came to the city and the population rose from 1,000 in 1848 to 25,000 by December 1849. The first cable cars commenced operations in 1873. The majority of San Francisco’s Victorian houses were built, and civic leaders campaigned for the formation of Golden Gate Park. At 5:12 am on April 18, 1906, a major earthquake struck San Francisco and northern California. More than 75 percent of the city burned down and 498 people lost their lives. Over 200,000 people were left homeless. The reconstruction progressed rapidly and by 1915 San Francisco celebrated its rebirth at the Panama-Pacific International Exposition.

The present

Today over 805,000 people live in San Francisco. San Franciscans are considered to be open-minded, happy, laid-back, and tolerant of different cultures, races, religions, and communities. San Francisco is one of the most bike-friendly US cities and the greenest city in the US. It is also the American leader in environmental protection, sustainability, and slow food. High tech and entrepreneurship are the mainstays of the economy and the current social media boom encourages further growth. Every year over 15 million tourists want to experience the city’s unique atmosphere and eat in its great restaurants.

The future

There are many issues the city of San Francisco has to take care of in the future, e.g. economy, work force, housing stock, transportation systems, open spaces, and vacant lands. By 2035 San Francisco’s population is expected to grow from 814,000 to 964,000. Therefore a General Plan was created guiding through changes and ensuring that the qualities that make San Francisco unique are preserved and enhanced. The General Plan is based on a creative consensus concerning social, economic, and environmental issues.
An important goal of the General Plan is to create affordable housing options to satisfy the population’s housing needs. Thus over 46,000 new units are added to the following neighborhoods: the Candlestick and Hunters Point Shipyard, Rincon Hill, Market & Octavia, Central Waterfront, East SoMa, Mission, Showplace Square/Potrero Hill and Balboa Park Area, and the Visitacion Valley.
For more information please visit the official San Francisco General Plan website created by the San Francisco Planning Department.