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How an Audio Booth Changed the Conversation Around a Major S.F. Redevelopment Project

The team reviving a former power plant in Bayview-Hunters Point partnered with StoryCorps, and the community response was pretty incredible.
The interior of the Hunters Point listening booth
The interior of the Hunters Point listening boothAnne Hamersky

While tourists flock to San Francisco's historic Fisherman's Wharf in search of spectacular bay views and clam chowder, the city's southeastern shoreline, conversely, is a Mad Max-like landscape frequented mainly by rumbling trucks.

In the Bayview-Hunters Point neigborhood, a long section of the coast is blocked by a fence topped with barbed wire, which has been there about as long as anyone can remember. For 40 years, the site was occupied by a huge PG&E power plant with towering smokestacks.