Western Neighborhoods Project is dedicated to the history of San Francisco's Richmond, Sunset, OMI and West of Twin Peaks districts.   read more ...

The Neighborhoods Include:

Richmond District

(North of Golden Gate Park, south of the Presidio, bounded by the ocean and Arguello Boulevard.)
Includes: Sea Cliff, Presidio Terrace, and we occasionally go east as far as Masonic Avenue.)
 Recent Richmond District Additions

Sunset District

(South of Golden Gate Park, north of Sloat Boulevard, bounded by the ocean on the west and Stanyan Street/Golden Gate Heights on the east.)
Includes: Parkside, Golden Gate Heights, Parkway Terrace.
 Recent Sunset District Additions
 Recent West of Twin Peaks Additions
  • Streetwise: West Side Murals and Mosaics

    Art can be found in many unexpected places in the Outside Lands. Frank Dunnigan looks at some of the great murals and mosaics that are or were found here. ( May 13, 2022)
  • Streetwise: Western Neighborhoods Under Construction

    The Outside Lands were developed over a long period of time. Frank Dunnigan takes us through a tour of some of these developments. ( Apr 9, 2022)
  • Streetwise: Changing School Enrollments

    West side schools are ever changing. Frank Dunnigan looks at the past and present of education in the Outside Lands. ( Feb 12, 2022)
  • Streetwise: West Side Businesses

    Small, family-run businesses give our neighborhoods their unique flavor. Frank takes a subjective look at a few of the places that helped shape our west side communities, some that are still going strong. ( May 5, 2021)
  • Podcast # 420: Forest Hill Microhoods

    Today, most of the area's developments have been subsumed by the Forest Hill neighborhood. But in the early 1900s, different developers constructed their own residential neighborhoods. WNP Board Member and residential parks historian, Richard Brandi joins the Pod to tell the stories of these microhoods. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Mar 6, 2021)
  • Podcast # 416: Levin Family Theatres

    The neighborhoods of the West Side would not be the same without their local movie theatre and we have the Levin Family to thank for them, from the Alexandria to the Coliseum to the beloved Balboa and many more... Nicole, Arnold & David tell the story of this arts-devoted family. Plus an all-star live audience Listener Mail. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Feb 6, 2021)
 Recent OMI Additions
 Recent Lake Merced Additions
  • Podcast # 177: Lowell High School (Repodcast)

    Continuing the school theme, this week, we repodcast an episode on Lowell High School. It wasn't always located near Stonestown and Lake Merced. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Apr 9, 2022)
  • Streetwise: Western Neighborhoods Under Construction

    The Outside Lands were developed over a long period of time. Frank Dunnigan takes us through a tour of some of these developments. ( Apr 9, 2022)
  • Streetwise: Changing School Enrollments

    West side schools are ever changing. Frank Dunnigan looks at the past and present of education in the Outside Lands. ( Feb 12, 2022)
  • Podcast # 439: Pacific Rod and Gun Club

    Not long ago, the sound of shotguns echoed around Lake Merced. Until 2015, skeet shooting at the Pacific Rod & Gun Club was a regular occurrence. This week, Nicole and Michael explore the Club's origins and colorful history on the shores of Lake Merced. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Sep 24, 2021)
  • Podcast # 435: The Olympic Club

    Today, we know the Olympic Club as an exclusive, members-only golf course and host to major tournaments. Like many things in San Francisco with 100+ year history, there are stories of financial gymnastics, crimes, and inspiration. Plus listener mail and upcoming virtual and in-person events. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast Jul 31, 2021)
  • Podcast # 431: Lake Merced

    Lake Merced has been an important area of San Francisco before there even was a San Francisco. This week, we chronicle the pre-European history, Spanish settlement, and the emergence of Lake Merced as an important San Francisco resource. (Outside Lands San Francisco Podcast May 22, 2021)