Bayview businesses helped shape the community
Larry’s family moved from Georgia to San Francisco in 1957. “People were very cultured then,” Larry muses. “There’s nothing like southern hospitality.” But it wasn’t just the people who made his neighborhood great — businesses played a part, too.
A major employer, the shipyard provided jobs to people and helped bring prosperity to the neighborhood. Families were able to buy homes, which were modestly priced between ten and twenty thousand dollars. Shops in the neighborhood respected all their patrons, regardless of skin color. The area was rich in performing arts, including the Bayview Opera House, which still stands today.
As times changed, shops went out of business and were replaced by other companies with less empathy for the neighborhood. Larry watched the love and respect he had been surrounded by disappear, replaced by fear and mistrust. Hear what Larry has to say about businesses in Bayview then — and now.