Morrison, Jane: Redevelopment


Jane Morrison: I think the redevelopment agency has done some marvelous things, but people don’t realize that it’s done some negative things. It used to be that run-down property is where poor people lived, and where the Moscone center is was covered with cheap hotels. They were $25 a night. People didn’t sleep on the street; they slept in those hotels. Those were all torn down, and the Moscone Center is left empty for quite a few years while they argued about it. The Moscone Center is very important for the city, but in the meantime the run-down housing doesn’t exist for poor people. The Embarcadero Buildings used to be the produce market on a lot of cheap housing. That was all torn down, and they built expensive residential units and those four Embarcadero Buildings. In the Fillmore District the redevelopment made everybody sell their houses at market value. [Property of] a beautiful Victorian sold for $40,000, now it’d be worth a million and a half if the person had gotten to keep it, but they didn’t get to keep it, and they left it empty for twenty years. No one has ever talked about that, but it concerned me because there was cheap housing in the Fillmore where the people could live, but it’s not there anymore.


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The Moscone oral history interviews are part of the George Moscone Collection, MSS 328.

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