Last night, KPIX-5 (CBS) ran a great segment about Bayview gentrification, starting off the segment with a question about what it means when a Peet’s Coffee comes to the neighborhood. It’s a 6-minute segment connecting current concerns about displacement to the unfortunate San Francisco “urban renewal” of the 1950s/60s that destroyed the black community of the Fillmore, and tracing how those mistakes have echoed through the decades to our current situation. The video is embedded below (depending on platform/device it may not show up, or may ask you to load unsecure script (iframe with video loads via http not https):
SF Bayview Residents See Disruption In Neighborhood’s Economic Transformation / KPIX-5 / Wilson Walker
I was interviewed and appear in a few segments. I show up at the 3:26 mark through about 4:20, then again at 4:29 – 4:38, and again around 5:23 – 5:37. But please watch the entire clip.
If you’d like more history around the “urban renewal” and displacement that happened in the Fillmore neighborhood, Hoodline has a good article about it. San Francisco is often a temporary stop for our residents, with people living here for a few years but not decades and almost never a lifetime. So much of what happens today, the arguments we still haven’t solved, have been arguments and discussions and challenges that we’ve been attempting to address for decades. Bayview gentrification can be traced back to Fillmore urban renewal. “A small piece of a long, complicated story” to quote Wilson Walker in the segment.
If you want to see some of my other thoughts about diversity in real estate, that link will take you to my thoughts after presenting on a panel at Inman NYC 2017 with Leslie Ebersole and Phil Faranda.
What are your thoughts about diversity in San Francisco? Diversity in real estate? The Bayview gentrification and displacement that are a part of our history and continues to the present in San Francisco? There’s a lot to talk about and no easy/obvious solutions, particularly given our current political climate.