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- WNP Events
Beertown Walk, 2012
Playland Walk 2011
October 3, 2010 Picnic
St. Francis Wood walk, June 2010
St. Francis Wood walk, June 2010
What We Do
The Western Neighborhoods Project is a nonprofit organization formed in 1999 to preserve and share the history and culture of the neighborhoods in western San Francisco.
Our mission is to record your personal memory, copy your photographs, and help unearth the story of your local business, school, club or place of worship.
This Web site features images and historical articles related to the city's "Outside Lands". If you're interested in the Richmond, Sunset, West of Twin Peaks, OMI or Lake Merced districts (and the micro-neighborhoods they encompass), start browsing through our menu to learn more.
Our primary objectives and purposes are:
- to research the history of the western neighborhoods of San Francisco in the interest of preservation and community education.
- to promote and make accessible to the public, the rich and diverse stories of the western neighborhoods of San Francisco.
- to solicit oral histories, photos, and historical items pertaining to the western neighborhoods of San Francisco for cataloguing and preservation in appropriate institutions, such as the San Francisco History Center at the San Francisco Main Library.
- to build awareness of the cultural diversity that created the western neighborhoods of San Francisco.
Interested in how and why we started this organization?
Read Woody LaBounty's account.
Who is the Western Neighborhoods Project?
Take a look at our Board of Directors
The WNP Events Page
Join us, and see what we've been doing!
In the News
- May 2011: SF Weekly's BEST of SF 2011 - WNP named Best Keepers of Lost Westside Tales
- Feb 2011: Sam Whiting's Catching Up column features WNP board member Woody LaBounty San Francisco Chronicle / sfgate.com
- Winter 2010: WNP Featured in Moholy Ground Magazine
- 2010: Best of the Bay by the SF Bay Guardian - WNP named Best Sand Dunes Sleuths -
- August 9, 2009: WNP is recognized as "[a] group of hardy historians who rescued San Francisco's Outside Lands from obscurity" by columnist Carl Nolte in the San Francisco Chronicle.
- April 27, 2009: Eye on the Bay returns to ask Woody LaBounty about the history of the Ingleside Racetrack as part of a show on Lost San Francisco.
- December 18, 2008: The Western Neighborhoods Project is featured on a special show about the development of western San Francisco on Building San Francisco, SFGTV, cable channel 26.
- December 7, 2008: Woody LaBounty is quoted in Carl Nolte's San Francisco Chronicle column on Ocean Beach.
- September 2007: Woody LaBounty takes "Eye on the Bay" on a tour of the Sunset District.
- December 15, 2005: Woody LaBounty is a guest on Building San Francisco, SFGTV, cable channel 26, discussing earthquake shacks.
- November 20, 2005: WNP board member Woody LaBounty is quoted in a large article about the Sunnyside district in the San Francisco Chronicle.
- October 2005 - KGO radio starts running a spot about the earthquake cottages by Jenna Lane. Listen to it!
- April 18, 2005: Woody LaBounty appears on "Evening Magazine" on KPIX Channel 5, talking about earthquake refugee cottages.
- March 11, 2005: A San Francisco Chronicle article features earthquake shack moving day with photos!
- February 22, 2005: Kirkham Shack move is announced in J.K. Dineen's column of The Independent.
- February 15, 2005: A San Francisco Chronicle article about the Doggie Diner head quotes us...
- August 20, 2004: A San Francisco Chronicle article on our efforts to save the earthquake cottages.
- August 11, 2004: A San Francisco Examiner article on our efforts to save the earthquake cottages.
- March 27, 2004: We appear on "Urban Archeology" on KPIX's Weekend Early Edition, describing the OMI's gambling and farming past.
- March 19, 2004: Our OMI History Day event and "I am OMI" program appear in the San Francisco Chronicle's "Neighborhood Notes".
- February 9 and 16, 2004: Woody LaBounty talks about the Ingleside Racetrack and Giant Sundial for Evening Magazine.
- February 7, 2004: WNP Web site is mentioned in a San Francisco Chronicle article about Duncan McDuffie.
- November 18, 2003: Carville (and WNP) featured on Evening Magazine, (KPIX Channel 5 at 7pm).
- November 7, 2003: The San Francisco Chronicle has a big feature on our "I am OMI" project!
- October 10, 2003: The San Francisco Chronicle's "Neighborhood Notes" mentions OMI History Day.
- September 3, 2003: The Bay Guardian features an article on the Kirkham Street shacks.
- July 1, 2003: KRON and KPIX news both feature the Kirkham Shacks situation.
- May 7, 2003: WNP and Shacks appear in Hank Donat's column in The Independent.
- January 15, 2003: Profile of the last Carville home is featured on KPIX news.
- December 2002: Featured in "Heritage News", newsletter for San Francisco Architectural Heritage
- December 10, 2002: Efforts to save Kirkham Street shacks are featured on KPIX news.
- December 2, 2002: San Francisco Chronicle article on efforts to save Kirkham Street shacks.
- September 2002: Published article on threatened Sunset earthquake shacks in the Sunset Beacon.
- March 7, 2002: Interviewed by KPIX news on the possible closing of the Musee Mechanique
- March 3, 2002: San Francisco Chronicle article about the West Portal History Walk
- February 2002: Featured in an article in the Richmond Review and Sunset Beacon newspapers.
- January 8, 2002: The San Francisco Independent features news on the West Portal History Walk.
- January 29, 2001: The San Francisco Call reprinted, with credit, the Streetwise article "Birth of a Garage".
- December 24, 2000: A San Francisco Chronicle article about the Inner Sunset district, mentioned our organization and quoted from the Web site.