S.F. supervisors establish Filipino heritage district

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors adopted a resolution April 12 to establish a Filipino Cultural Heritage District in the city’s South of Market neighborhood.

SoMa Pilipinas will be the name for an area bound by Second Street to the east, 11th Street to the west, Market Street to the north and Brannan Street to the south.

Plans for developing a district recognizing the contributions of the Filipino community have been in the works for more than a decade by organizations in the area such as the

Filipino-American Development Foundation. Filipino immigrants first settled in what is now known as the city’s Financial District during the 1920s and 30s, but faced displacement due to development in the area. Many relocated to SoMa and the Fillmore District, according to the FADF.

By the 1970s Filipinos were the largest ethnic group in SoMa, which remains to be the case to this day.

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