When 54-year-old Luther Robinson was shot and killed in Mendell Plaza in February 2012, the Bayview district community decided they had had enough of the violence plaguing their streets.
Within two months, a group of residents had mobilized to turn the plaza from a center of drug dealing and violent behavior into a community gathering space. A year later, the efforts appear to have paid off.
“We’ve definitely been a deterrent,” said Antoinette Mobley, founder of the community organization SF Art Everywhere. “I think they see the action, they see all the programs set up there and they think, ‘We better go somewhere else.’”