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    2020 A+C Festival | Screening/Discussion: “5 Blocks”

    Friday, September 25, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm PDT

    “5 Blocks” explores the complex questions of income disparity, changing demographics, and the very nature of place.

    Video link will be sent to all registrants for viewing at least 3-5 days prior to this discussion. It will remain available for 7 days after the program.

    San Francisco’s Market Street was once the grandest boulevard in America, but decades of neglect have ground this once vital neighborhood to the nub. When the late Mayor Edwin Lee enacts legislation exempting businesses in the Central Market Street neighborhood from payroll tax in 2011 and dangles it in front of major tech companies to keep them from leaving town, the so-called Twitter tax break triggers an avalanche of changes. 5 Blocks explores the complex questions of income disparity, changing demographics, and the very nature of place.

    Interweaving cinema vérité scenes, interviews with 16 individuals, and archival film and photos, 5 Blocks reveals the challenges of attracting new, wealthy residents and workers to an area with a 50-year history of housing and serving a very poor population. Everyone involved wants to see less crime, cleaner streets, and an end to open drug use. But the needs of the existing population – inexpensive stores and restaurants that serve as gathering places for those who live in tiny subsidized hotel rooms and consider the street an extension of their living space – are often in conflict with the trendy, high-end places favored by the young tech workers.



    About the Architecture + the City Festival (September 11-30)

    Co-presented by AIA San Francisco and the Center for Architecture + Design, the 17th annual Architecture + the City goes virtual and will continue to offer behind-the-scenes programs, walking tours, literature, live presentations and more that provide an excellent opportunity for all communities to experience architecture and design in a myriad of ways throughout the city. Every September, the festival reveals the many facets and layers of San Francisco, and how ­architecture and design play a key role in this ever-changing urban landscape.

    For more info visit www.archandcity.org

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