The Pacific Heights Residents Association (PHRA) was founded in 1972 by a small group of neighbors dedicated to preserving the unique neighborhood character of Pacific Heights, and concerned that urban planning trends threatened that. Since then PHRA has grown to include over 600 individuals residing or operating businesses within our boundaries (Union to Pine streets and Presidio to Van Ness avenues). It is a non-profit, member-supported, volunteer organization.
PHRA is one of the most respected and influential neighborhood associations in San Francisco, having lead many successful efforts in our neighborhood, e.g. including creating the Webster Street Historic District, saving the “3 Jackson” bus service, preserving the former “Newcomer School” as a public school, participating in coalitions of other neighborhood, civic, and preservationist organizations, and advocating for our neighborhood quality of life and unique character. Through education, outreach, activism, and advocacy PHRA works with neighbors, developers, merchants, elected officials, public agencies, neighborhood institutions, and others to address today’s issues while maintaining Pacific Heights’ unique character.