Let’s journey to insular, “secretive subdivision” Westwood Highlands, on the slopes of Mount Davidson. Now whoever laid out and named the streets there must have had a sense of humor, because Hazelwood Avenue and Valdez Avenue are together forever, entwined through the ages.
Hazelwood, of course, was the captain of the oil-tanker Valdez when it spilled its guts all over Prince William Sound and beyond two decades ago. It was like the Cosco Busan oil spill excepting that it involved about 200 times as much petroleum.
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So that might be on your mind the next time you visit this small neighborhood of “minimal bungalows.”
Another thing that might strike you about Westwood Highlands was that it was one of the earliest planned residential communities in the United States, where property owners all would agree to be governed by a commons set of controls and restrictions. At the very least, that means “No Black People” is what that means.
Of course WestHigh wasn’t the only place in the world where this was the case, but it’s sort of funny when “born and raised in San Francisco” NIMBYs start talking about all the rules and customs they honor, they always leave this history out.
Here you go, this is typical. Just substitute “black people” for “in-law apartments” and “white people” for “single-family.”
IN-LAW UNIT AMNESTY
“Editor — Mayor Willie Brown’s recent re-election pledge to attempt to legalize the city’s illegal in-law apartments is unjust. Almost a hundred years ago many of San Francisco’s neighborhoods were designed and zoned for single-family use.
Our neighborhood, Westwood Highlands Homeowners, was so designated in 1924. Its status as such is further ensured by the mandatory covenants, controls and restrictions to which all Westwood Highlands residents must agree. Moreover, Proposition M, the voter mandate that states that the diversity of San Francisco’s neighborhoods be preserved, would be violated under this amnesty plan. People who move to single-family areas like ours because they enjoy the safety, convenience, parking and uncongested atmosphere that our single-family tracts have to offer have every right to do so.
In recent years, several city politicians have floated this illegal unit amnesty plan. In every case the plans have been abandoned. Mayor Brown should also give up on this unfair, unwise and unjust idea.
President, Westwood Highlands Homeowners Association San Francisco”
You see? It’s the same argument. “My neighborhood was founded on the idea of ______, therefore it can never change.”
Little pink bungalo houses, for you and me and all the other pink people, and let’s keep it that way, for as long as we can, for as long as we can…