gentrification (part 2)


In my last post on gentrification I wrote about changes happening in the commercial area to the south of my neighborhood. To the north of my’hood, there are even bigger changes in the Bayview neighborhood of San Francisco.

Fresh & Easy
Photo by Eurofruit, on Flickr

About 10 days ago, a new grocery store opened in southeast San Francisco. The store, Fresh & Easy, is part of Britsh company, Tesco. It is touted as the first new grocery store in the southeast in 20 years. Already the foot traffic has gone from nonexistent to brisk on the sidewalk outside the store. There are over 300 new condos and apartments in a two block radius of the store so it will be an immediate draw for those residents. Additionally, a lightrail train platform is right in front of the store and it has easy highway access. This southern end of the Bayview neighborhood’s commercial corridor, Third Street, is experiencing a turnover form industrial to residential. Two new restaurants are also part of the development here. It will be an interesting fall as Bayview and southeast San Francsico get amenities people have been asking for for decades.

Here are a few articles on the opening:

Fresh & Easy opens in S.F. Bayview-Hunters Point – SF Chronicle
Photos – Fresh & Easy Grand Opening – Quesada Gardens Initiative
Tesco Opens Long-Awaited Fresh & Easy – Fresh & Easy Buzz
Fresh & Easy Bayview Opens, Offers 1K Donation, Freebies – SF Eater

One Response to “gentrification (part 2)”

  1. Yes, I saw that store when I was last in Bayview doing the Grid Alternative solarthon installations on a bunch of houses in that new development across from the high school and around the park. So I went in there (slim pickins if you steer clear of the poison fast foods and don’t have enough $ for some great BBQ) and found their 50% off shelf. Went for the fresh mozzeralla and basil sandwhich for $1.50. It was a heterogenous mix of shoppers. But not the mix of Bayviewers I have known since the ’70s when I lived at the base of the projects on Mississippi street. Its a neighborhood in transition, its a neighborhood with a tortuous path. But where are the previous residents? Some immigrated back to the south, some found their way into burbs, and others? I hadn;t hung out in the BV for some time and although the views were still scrumptious, these spiffy houses of middle income black folk with solar installed were pretty coveted, it just felt like some of the flava was missing.