In the 1950s, Kenneth Schwartz, then Planning of Architecture, began work in support of the creation of a "Mission Plaza". At that time, traffic on Monterey Street passed near the Mission, resulting in an unkempt and blighted area. Through Ken's vision, perseverance, and dedication, the creation of a community plaza in front of the historic Mission was launched by voter approval in 1968.
"The Plaza is a people place and that is what cities are all about--people" said Mayor Schwartz on the 10th anniversary of Mission Plaza.
Please enjoy your time in Mission Plaza and the legacy of beloved San Luis Obispo Mayor, Kenneth Schwartz.
Submitted by Eric Goodill.