Christina Jackson is Awarded Presidential Dissertation Year Fellowship by UCSB
Black San Francisco: How a Community Fights for Space in the City
My dissertation research is about the complicated lives of black San Franciscans from 1943 to 2010 who live in two neighborhoods, the Fillmore and Bayview Hunter’s Point. Black residents have increasingly fled the city to other places in the Bay area since the 1970s and many have questioned why black flight persists. This issue has been taken up by the community and city as a looming policy question. My study seeks to understand the precarious position of black residents and how their neighborhoods have become vulnerable to institutional control, redevelopment and gentrification. I also describe what residents are doing to redirect and take control of these forces of community change. In general, this study questions the future of redevelopment in our cities and the power struggle low income black residents have in dictating what their communities will look like in ten years.
Christina is a Doctoral candidate in the Department of Sociology at the University of California Santa Barbara