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San Francisco's Hunters Point: An in-depth series from KALW News

Mary Catherine O'Connor
Hunters Point, San Francisco

San Francisco's Hunters Point Shipyard has played many roles. In the 1940s, it became a magnet for African Americans migrating from the South seeking jobs in the Navy's shipbuilding and maintenance industry. In the 1970s, when the military started to leave, it became an empty shell – a massive, polluted space eventually designated a Superfund site. Now, it's being redeveloped with the promise of new housing, jobs and open space. But in today's San Francisco, who is it for?

This week on Crosscurrents, KALW Audio Academy member Daphne Matziaraki takes us on a four-part tour of the San Francisco Shipyard. We'll hear about its history, talk with the neighborhood activists who pushed the Navy and the city to protect their interests, we'll see whether the mandated local jobs requirement is being met and consider who will get jobs there in the future, and we'll evaluate the legacy of environmental degradation and what's being done to ensure residents' safety.

An in-depth series on San Francisco's largest redevelopment project: The Shipyard. All this week on Crosscurrents from KALW News.  Monday-Thursday at 5pm.

Matt Martin was KALW’s general manager from 2006 through 2018. Under his leadership, KALW grew into one of the most productive and innovative stations in public radio. Programs launched at KALW during Matt’s tenure as GM include the award-winning local newsmagazine Crosscurrents, the design podcast 99% Invisible, and the Spanish-language narrative journalism program Radio Ambulante. He helped create the station’s Audio Academy, a year-long program aimed at developing new talents in public radio, and led the first broad-based strategic planning process in the station’s history.