San Francisco's Fillmore Neighborhood: Decades of destruction

On Monday, the San Francisco Chronicle ran a story on the end of the Fillmore redevelopment project. The predominantly African-American neighborhood was declared blighted in 1948 although it was thriving, and the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency will be pulling out at the end of this year, leaving a 60-year record of destruction and failure.

The project eliminated 4,729 households, including 2500 Victorian homes, and 883 businesses and has produced a jazz club, an Ethiopian restaurant and few apartment buildings. All in all, the Redevelopment Agency’s custody of the area has left the neighborhood in much worse shape than it was decades ago.

You can read more about the Western Addition project here.