What's Really Wrong With the Lower Fillmore?

Could it be the activists who claim they're trying to rebuild it?

If the past predicts the future, in meetings over the next months and years, Lower Fillmore activists will talk over each other and at each other endlessly. When no progress occurs, they will blame the Redevelopment Agency and each other. They will snipe about money and gripe about the malicious beginnings of redevelopment in their neighborhood. They will reminisce about the good old days, when neighborhood efforts actually created position change.

The Fillmore Center.
Gabriela Hasbun
The Fillmore Center.
Charles Spencer, Agonafer Shiferaw, Steve 
Boyack (all standing), and Gus Harput 
(seated) make up the so-called "Gang of 
Four."
Gabriela Hasbun
Charles Spencer, Agonafer Shiferaw, Steve Boyack (all standing), and Gus Harput (seated) make up the so-called "Gang of Four."

And through it all, one reality will likely remain unvoiced, circling constantly under the surface of the discourse: An absence of the kind of activism that has characterized the neighborhood for nearly 40 years might be the one thing that the Lower Fillmore of the future really needs.

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