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Today’s Fillmore District, while one of San Francisco’s most diverse neighborhoods, bears little resemblance to the cosmopolitan place it once was. This district, which has arguably changed more than any other in the city, once held a large Jewish settlement, replete with synagogues, bakeries, and kosher markets. It also had a huge Japanese community, now centered in Japantown but not as extensive as in the prewar years; amusements like the Chutes, Dreamland boxing ring, and theatres; schools, churches, and a celebrated “Jazz District” that hosted the top names in music for many years. And in one of the most controversial displays of civic power, this densely populated area fell to the forces of redevelopment, bisected by the ambitious plan to widen Geary Boulevard, creating a freeway-like road through the district and forcing out thousands of dwellers whose homes were either moved or demolished.
|Publisher:||Arcadia Publishing SC|
|Series:||Images of America Series|
|Product dimensions:||6.62(w) x 9.36(h) x 0.41(d)|
About the Author
San Francisco historian Robert F. Oaks has assembled a stirring collection of images that tell the Fillmore’s story, from the early times to the troubled redevelopment era and beyond. In this stirring collection of photographs culled from such sources as the Fillmore Jazz Preservation District, the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency, celebrated historian Jerry Flamm, and other private collections, readers will see the faces, places, and events that made the Fillmore a hometown within San Francisco, both in the past and in the present.
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