"The San Francisco Shipyard: Creating A New Town in the City"

"San Francisco is booming as construction cranes transform the city skyline. One of the most significant changes is happening at the Hunters Point Shipyard. It's a project so big, it seems like a whole new town is being built within the city. Residences, shops, parks, and high-rises are being built and will replace the naval shipyard – once a major source of employment, but dormant for years.

Now this sleeping giant is on the verge of reawakening.

I’m standing at the top of Donahue Street on the easternmost side of San Francisco. From this hill, I’ve got a panoramic view, and right in front of me is the huge abandoned shipyard. The old docks, an enormous crane, and some vast empty buildings. To my right I see Candlestick Park. Across the Bay I can see past the Port of Oakland To the hills. I trace the Bay Bridge west and end up with a stunning view of San Francisco’s downtown skyline. It’s a perfect spot for a housing development, if you ask Danny Cooke."

Daphne Matziaraki reports for KALW June 9, 2014.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014