Origins of Urban IDEA

2010 Community Congress

On August 14 and 15, 2010, at the University of San Francisco, over 200 people from San Francisco came together to develop a comprehensive progressive agenda for the city.


The 2010 gathering owed its roots and paid testimony to a similar congress convened in 1975


The Community Congress brought together community activists, residents, workers, artists and thinkers to build on the work of their predecessors to continue to create a progressive vision for the future of San Francisco. The impetus behind the convening of the Congress was to bring people together in a way that moved us beyond our particular “silos” and areas of specific concern to create a more unifying policy framework and shape the agenda of elected officials. We discussed a wide range of topics, from Health and Human Services, Public Transportation and Muni, Affordable Housing & Tenant Rights, to Community-based Economic Development. The various platforms developed, as well as an “Immediate Action Agenda,” can be found on these pages.

Beyond the Congress itself, the hope was to continue a process of broad-based dialogue that linked various areas and concerns and developing an ongoing forum for discussion and generation of new ideas.

Urban IDEA is one of the outcomes of this ongoing grassroots and community based work.