In Space-Starved San Francisco, African-American Residents Struggle to Hold On

As San Francisco rides a massive building boom, fueled largely by growth in tech-based jobs, many African-Americans worry they will not be able to afford to stay in a neighborhood they’ve long called home.

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In this Nov. 9, 2015, photo, Shaun Britton does a trick on his bike as he crosses the street in the Bayview-Hunters Point district in San Francisco. Bayview-Hunters Point has developable land, a rarity in space-starved San Francisco, where housing is scarce and among the most expensive in the country. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
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Pastor Yul Dorn poses for a portrait inside his home, where he's facing eviction due to foreclosure in San Francisco's Bayview-Hunters Point district.
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Shaun Britton does a trick on his bike as he crosses the street in the Bayview-Hunters Point district.
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Former resident Roana Kent, center right, walks in the Alice Griffith housing development with current resident Falaofuta Satele in Bayview-Hunters Point. Kent works in the development assisting residents.
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Roanae Kent, stands outside of housing units at the Alice Griffith housing development, where she used to live in Bayview-Hunters Point. Kent, who now lives in Vallejo, now works in the development assisting residents.
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A worker makes measurements at the new San Francisco Shipyard homes development in the Bayview-Hunters Point district.
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Terrance Everett enjoys a post-work drink at Sam Jordan's bar in Bayview-Hunters Point. Everett grew up there but since moved to Concord, California, seeking better rent prices.
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David Antunovich, a resident of the Bayview-Hunters Point district walks outside of his home in San Francisco.
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Ira Watkins, a homeless artist, works on a painting inside of the van where he works and lives in the Bayview-Hunters Point district in San Francisco.
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With the area's historic shipyard in the background, David Satterfield, spokesman for lead developer Lennar Urban, walks the grounds of the new San Francisco Shipyard homes development in the Bayview-Hunters Point district in San Francisco.
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Stacy Bryant, standing, serves lunch to Sylvia Vaughn, center sitting, at a senior center in the Bayview-Hunters Point district.
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New housing units are built in the new San Francisco Shipyard development in the Bayview-Hunters Point district in San Francisco.
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Thomas Bailey offers up barbecue to passers by while vending on a street corner in Bayview-Hunters Point.
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Alice Price poses for a portrait on a street corner in the Bayview-Hunters Point district in San Francisco.
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