Designing Community Development at Midtown Park, San Francisco
There was a time when development was not seen as a bad thing. Then it became a bad thing: "urban renewal" was used carte blanche to tear down homes of minority communities and put up large thruways and freeways in our urban centers. It's no wonder people are wary. In order to work with an existing community in San Francisco's Western Addition, I created a series of community workshops to design a new building with the residents. A timeline of the project visualized that the design and construction will be long and disruptive; a timeline of the history of the building and the Western Addition shows how the developer is aware of the unfair treatment that still lingers in this neighborhood off Geary.