Map: Redevelopment in SF's Fillmore District
For former residents of San Francisco's Fillmore District, redevelopment of the neighborhood meant being pushed out of their homes in the '60s. And today, the famous jazz district is going through another round of revitalization, but this time, former homeowners are getting the chance to move back into their old neighborhood.
Reporter Angela Bass is covering the complexity of rewriting a history of redevelopment in the Fillmore District. But in order to look forward, we need to look back on what was lost.
People were evicted from many of the homes that fell within the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency's Western Addition A-2 project area. Some homes remain standing, but most were bulldozed. A coalition known as Western Addition Community Organizations (WACO) protested and sued at the same time. Part of the benefits package included a "certificate of preference" issued to the head of household. The slip of paper would give priority to those displaced who wish to move back into housing built by the city's redevelopment agency. But community advocates say the agency took decades longer than promised to rebuild for-sale affordable housing.
Overall, less than a quarter of the 5,000 certificates issued by the city redevelopment agency have been redeemed. Since the certificates were issued between 1966 and 1977, about 500 of the certificate holders have died. While some children who were living in the household at the time of displacement can be eligible for a certificate, the original list of names have been kept private by the redevelopment agency. However, the addresses of where the households lived are available online.
As part of our story on Fillmore Park, a new affordable housing development offering priority to certificate holders, we wanted to publicize the addresses for family members who may still be eligible. The current certificate program expires in January 2016. The redevelopment commission would need to take action to extend the deadline – or to make the certificates available to the descendants of certificate holders.
Hover over the blue and red markers for pop-up details showing exact residential addresses.
Blue markers indicate multiple households; red markers indicate single households.
Click on the double-arrow button in the upper left-hand corner of the map to view a scrollable list of all addresses kept by the redevelopment agency.