Talk:Fillmore District, San Francisco
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As I recall the Western Addition is a formal district in San Francisco, Ca -- one of its largest -- west of Van Ness, which comprises the Fillmore proper. Rather than being a "twin" neighborhood, it was a superset of the informally made up "Fillmore" (or "Mo"). The Fillmore included the Hayes Valley projects, the "Pink Palace," and many other clusters of low-income Section 8 housing. The Western Addition included these, and then some, e.g., the areas north of Geary Boulevard, which were not as poor and did not have as many African-Americans. Japantown was in this category. It was a diverse neighborhood. Many Japanese settled there before WWII, and after the internment phase, several job-seekers from all over the nation, predominantly the South, and with many African-Americans, came to the SF Bay Area to work in defense-related industry -- the shipyards at Hunters Point, Oakland, and Richmond. Many of these folks began to live in the places left empty by the interned Japanese. As this article so correctly states, the big "Redevelopment Agency bust" nearly eviscerated the neighborhood, forcing its poor residents to move to cheap housing in the East Bay, and other lower income SF neighborhoods like the Point, Bayview, Vis Valley, OMI, Potrero Hill, the Mission, etc. The Western Addition stretched as far west as Divis and beyond, and in the 1960s Divis was considerably different, economics-wise, etc., compared to some of the projects closer to Fillmore street. This is written in haste. I'll touch this up later.
DonL 18:29, 25 March 2006 (UTC)
If Yoshi's is in Oakland, what's it doing mentioned in an article on the Fillmore District? It's on the other side of the Bay! ~~Flora
Clarified in article. Yoshi's is expanding to SF, and will be in the new building on Fillmore & Eddy. This is a pretty big deal for the neighborhood, so it's worth keeping in the article, imho. ~~Jon
20 months ago, Oct. 2004, floating $4 million of a $6 million loan towards a new, 28,000 square foot, two-story, Yoshi's jazz club, bar and restaurant, which should have been rolling out just about now, was once on the agenda of the Mayor's office (please see its website at []). I was in the Fillmore on Sunday for Juneteenth 2006 but -- nada. There's still a smaller club on Fillmore just north of O'Farrell, that at one time had live bands, but no Yoshi's yet. And it also appears to no longer be on anyone's agenda, looking at the city website at[. We saw the John Coltrane church there. Wonder if anyone remembers the Jimi Hendrix church on Page and Lyon (?) Streets.
DonL 05:54, 23 June 2006 (UTC)
Next time you're there, check out the sign in front of the huge building under construction at Fillmore and Eddy. It's the Fillmore Heritage Center, and it will have a museum, Yoshi's, and a restaurant (called Blue Mirror or something). Across the street, next to Powell's Place (the soul food restaurant that moved in from Hayes Valley a couple years ago), will be another restaurant. My understanding is that this is all way behind schedule, but is going to happen for sure now that construction is so far along. ~~Jon again