Diamond Heights, San Francisco


Diamond Heights, San Francisco
Diamond Heights
—  Neighborhood of San Francisco  —
Diamond Heights and Glen Canyon Park
Diamond Heights is located in San Francisco
Diamond Heights
Location within Central San Francisco
Coordinates: 37°44′45″N 122°26′30″W / 37.7457639°N 122.4416379°W / 37.7457639; -122.4416379
Government
 – Board of Supervisors Scott Wiener
 – State Assembly Fiona Ma (D)
 – State Senate Leland Yee (D)
 – U.S. House Jackie Speier (D)
Area[1]
 – Total 1.1 km2 (0.436 sq mi)
 – Land 1.1 km2 (0.436 sq mi)
Population [1]
 – Total 2,332
 – Density 2,063.7/km2 (5,345/sq mi)
  2008
ZIP Code 94131
Area code(s) 415
[2]

Diamond Heights is a neighborhood in San Francisco, California.

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Location

Diamond Heights is located in San Francisco, in the middle part of the city, roughly bordered by Diamond Heights Boulevard and Noe Valley on the east side and Glen Canyon Park on the west side.

Diamond Heights looking southeast

History

Diamond Heights was the first project of the San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association, intended to use redevelopment powers to use land on the hills in the center of the city to be developed with, rather than against, the topography. Few existing residents needed to be relocated for the redevelopment program, which included housing for a range of incomes, churches, schools, parks, and a commercial center.

This type of redevelopment came under the California Redevelopment Law, passed in 1951, a codified version of the California Redevelopment Act which had passed in 1941.

More than half a million dollars was appropriated by the Water Department just for a water system for the redevelopment.[3] The "Diamond Heights Redevelopment Project Area B-1" plan was debated between the Board of Supervisors and the Diamond Heights Property Owners' Association. In 1955 alternative proposals to the Supervisors' plan were presented in an effort to protect the property rights of existing property owners, and to give them preference to exchange their property for other sites. The motion to add these alternative plans to the legislation were rejected by the Board. The final plan was approved on October 24, 1955.[3]

Some houses survived the redevelopment. A wood frame house with separate garage stands at 70 Gold Mine Drive, just downhill from Diamond Heights Boulevard.

1895 House at 70 Gold Mine Dr.

According to the San Francisco Office of the Assessor, this house was built in 1895.[4]

Attractions and characteristics

Notable features of Diamond Heights include Diamond Heights Shopping Center on Diamond Heights Boulevard between Duncan Street and Gold Mine Drive, and the San Francisco Police Department's police academy on Turquoise Way. George Christopher Playground is located behind the shopping center, and Walter Haas Playground is at the intersection of Diamond Heights Boulevard and Addison Street. School of the Arts high school and the San Francisco Juvenile Probation Department's Juvenile Justice Center are both just northwest of Diamond Heights, at the intersection of Portola and Woodside.

St. Nicholas Orthodox Christian Church is at the top of Diamond Heights Boulevard, at the corner of Duncan Street.

Public transportation in Diamond Heights is provided by Muni's 35 Eureka, 48 Quintara, and 52 Excelsior lines. All connect to the Muni Metro system; the 35 goes to Castro Street Station, the 48 goes to West Portal Station, and the 52 goes to Forest Hill Station. Additionally, the 52 connects to the Bay Area Rapid Transit system at the Glen Park Station.

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Coordinates: 37°44′45″N 122°26′30″W / 37.7457639°N 122.4416379°W / 37.7457639; -122.4416379


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