The Physical Geography Of Bayview Hunters Point Was Wet Grassland

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Prior to development, the physical geography of Bayview-Hunters Point was wet grassland. This report is written in the context of urbanization of Bayview-Hunters Point, a trend that originates from 19th-century livestock slaughter housing and 20th-century industrialism. The district was originally established as two separate entities. Bayview was a neighborhood southwest of 3rd Street, comprised of Italian and Maltese ethnicity. Hunters Point, located to the east of Bayview hosted a Chinese shrimping community until World War II displaced them in 1930. The district became consolidated during the influx of tens of thousands of African Americans from the southern United States fleeing from Jim Crow laws and seeking to capitalize on a booming economy that came with the war. The African American population of all San Francisco increased by 665.8%, from 5,000 to 32,000 during the migration (Lemke-Santangelo and Wollenberg, 2016). Many of them were absorbed into the workforce of the San Francisco Naval Shipyard which could accommodate up to 18,500 employees during peak time (Roscoe, 1995). Many residents already occupying the area were whites and the absorption stimulated a long history of prejudice. African Americans mostly worked as general laborers with limited potential for advancement in the future. However, within the initial two years of the war there was an immense labor shortage in the United States and it was time for many African Americans to dictate their salaries. It…

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