Blast from Brisbane’s Past

By: MADISON DAVIS, President/CEO, Brisbane Chamber of Commerce, madison@brisbanechamber.org, 415-467-7283

Photo of  excerpt from the “Brisbane News Bulletin” printed in December, 1946 by the Brisbane Chamber of Commerce. Brisbane Attorney Not PaidThe following is an excerpt from the “Brisbane News Bulletin” printed in December, 1946 by the Brisbane Chamber of Commerce. The article references a time in Brisbane’s past while we were still unincorporated. During that time, Crocker Park was not part of Brisbane and had formerly been a dairy farm zoned as a “suburban agricultural district” prior to the Crocker Estate petitioning the county to rezone the area as “heavy industrial.” This designation angered the residents of Brisbane, especially because back then, heavy industrial zones caused a lot of pollution and were a nuisance to nearby residents. In response, the Brisbane Chamber of Commerce organized citizens to protest. 70 residents gathered on October 1st 1946 at the school house to discuss a strategy to fight the change in zoning. They created a petition and members from major organizations in Brisbane agreed to attend the county’s meeting to protest. In a notice to Brisbane residents the Chamber exclaimed “let’s get together and kill this hideous proposal!” The community went on to hire an attorney and the land ended up getting designated as “light industrial,” which residents seemed to be satisfied with. Eventually, Crocker Park became part of Brisbane and is now critical to our financial survival as a city.

This excerpt is taken from the April 1947 issue of the “Brisbane News Bulletin” which itself features an excerpt from the 1933 “Brisbane Sun” detailing what Easter was like at that time.This excerpt is taken from the April 1947 issue of the “Brisbane News Bulletin” which itself features an excerpt from the 1933 “Brisbane Sun” detailing what Easter was like at that time.

 

 

 

 

This photo is taken from Book 1 of “Brisbane Bygones” by Dorothy Radoff.

This photo is taken from Book 1 of “Brisbane Bygones” by Dorothy Radoff.

Here is the home today:

Here is the home today: