When we first
started down here, it was all vacant because Redevelopment had come
through and this whole area was blighted. They tore down all the
buildings and it was just all empty. After almost 15 to 20 years,
they built the Fillmore Center, then Safeway came in. We had a big
struggle down here for a long time but we survived due to the fact
that we had good, faithful customers. A long time ago, it used to
be years and years back, we used to call it the Fillmore. Now we
call it the "No More."
Americans in the Fillmore
As far as African
Americans in this particular neighborhood, it's a dead issue. As
far as my last count, I would say from O'Farrell Street all the
way to the Marina, we may have ten African American businesses.
Years and years ago, this whole area was all African American. I
figure maybe after a couple years it might be "Some More."So you
go from the Fillmore, to "No More," to "Some More," hopefully.
This was a certificate
of preference for the people and businesses who moved back into
the rebuilt area. We had first choice to come back. We waited in
vain for 20 years! When we did decide to come back, we couldn't
afford it. It's signed by Justin Herman, the executive director
of Redevelopment at the time. I keep it as a memento, because right
now, it really isn't any good.