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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Hunters View redevelopment struggles to hire locally - KALW

From KALW News,
In the 1940s, San Francisco's Bayview Hunters Point was home to one of the most important shipyards on America's West Coast. The shipyard employed nearly 20,000 workers. They were mostly African-American migrants who came to San Francisco, lured by the Navy's promise of steady work. The buildings they lived in were meant to be temporary - but after the war ended, they became permanent parts of the landscape.

People kept living in them even after the shipyard closed in the 1970s, and the neighborhood became one of the city's poorest.

Now, San Francisco wants to redevelop the area for market-rate housing. And that means demolishing some of those old buildings. New construction means new jobs, but residents are wondering just how many of those jobs are for them.

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