2018 National Planning Conference

African American District Strategy Confronting Gentrification

Monday, April 15, 2019 from 1 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. PDT

CM | 1.25

Activity Type: Educational Sessions

Activity ID: NPC198003

Location: 2014

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  • Learn how history can can help build a strategy to lessen the harmful effects of gentrification.
  • Analyze time periods to understand how racial relations affect neighborhoods.
  • Review how the experiences of African Americans have shaped many aspects of the United States.


San Francisco, Oakland and the Los Angeles area have been historical destinations within California for African Americans in search of greater opportunities. San Francisco’s Cultural District program, formalized through legislation in 2018, creates a path for departments to work side by side with some of California's most vulnerable communities to develop cultural heritage, historic and economic sustainability strategies to respond to gentrification. In order to understand where these communities stand, it is important to understand the historical context. It involves facing some difficult truths, recognizing the strengths, and using it all to shape the future. Walk down a historic timeline of the African American community in San Francisco and learn about demographic shifts and major planning projects that have had major impacts. Hear from community stakeholders as they share their process, as well as representatives from the city’s Planning Department and Office of Economic and Workforce Development.

Session Speakers

Diana Ponce De Leon
City and County of San Francisco
Concord, CA

Shelley Caltagirone
SF Planning Department

Tyra Fennell
San Francisco, CA

Ellouise Patton
Bayview Citizens Advisory Committee BVCAC,Member African American Arts and Cultu
San Francisco, CA