Welcome to Bayview
The Bayview is an extremely lengthy strip that runs on the south side of Third Street (on the border of Hunters Point) west of Evans Avenue. After a new and larger structure was completed at the same location on Third Street and Revere, the neighborhood library was recently christened, the Linda Brooks-Burton Branch Library. Next to the library are three city-sponsored community gardens, and public art installations called the Quesada Gardens Initiative (the Quesada Garden, Bridgeview Garden, and Latona Garden).
As an African American and working-class neighborhood, the Bayview is renowned for its friendly and diverse population, pleasant weather, and inviting vistas. During the 1950s, the neighborhood centered on St. Paul of the Shipwreck Church and the Maltese American Social Club, located on Oakdale Avenue, was a majority-Italian, Maltese, and French Basque area. Due to the obvious slaughterhouse on Third Street, the Bayview district was once known as Butcher Town.
T-Third light rail serves the neighborhood, and the Bayview Opera House and City College Evans and Southeast Campus are both located here. The city is developing rapidly as it attempts to suit the population's needs and corporate investors' interest in land that is capable of being built upon. Development in the Hunters Point Shipyard and Candlestick Park neighborhoods is concentrated in these two areas. Even though there is a great deal of variety in the community, many neighbors have lengthy histories of working together to effect change and preserve neighborhood assets.
The Bayview Footprints Network, a long-running blog, maintains the community's oldest. And the San Francisco Bay View is the neighborhood newspaper. Focal sites for environmental campaigners have included the Hunters Point Shipyard, a former Superfund site, and a polluting power plant. Social justice campaigners such as Julia Commer, Osceola Washington, Ruth Williams, Rosie Williams, Elouise Westbrook, Essie Webb, Espanola Jackson, Shirley Jones, and Alex Pitcher led the community in organizing throughout the Civil Rights Movement. The first African American to run for mayor of San Francisco was Sam Jordan, a successful boxer and bar owner.