Building on Toxic Land: Neighborhoods at Risk

February 13th, 2019 6-7PM
Main Branch Library
100 Larkin Street San Francisco, CA 94102

In this conversation, speakers from diverse fields and backgrounds will discuss how the landscape of San Francisco has changed as the city has expanded, and how communities have been impacted by complex environmental factors. With increased demand for housing, contested and polluted areas have been opened up to more development. What will this mean for those who currently live, work, and play in those neighborhoods, or for those who might move there in the future?



Lynne Horiuchi is an architectural historian whose topics include incarceration, race, everyday racism, civil justice, space, mobility, and ethics. She is currently writing a book titled, Dislocations and Relocations: Building Prison Cities for Japanese and Japanese Americans during World War II (University of Washington Press, forthcoming). She has co-edited a collection of essays with Tanu Sankalia, Urban Reinventions: San Francisco’s Treasure Island (University of Hawaii Press, 2017) that illustrates the complexity of local history in a global context. She has published widely in journals and collections on racial covenants, urban development, racialized sites, spatial jurisdictions, national belonging and artistic representation in prison camps. She received her Ph.D. in 2005 from the University of California at Santa Barbara and taught at the University of North Carolina in the College of Architecture. She was named a National Endowment of the Arts Fellow at MacDowell Colony in 2014 and has won numerous other notable awards including National Endowment for the Humanities grants, the American Association of University Women’s American Fellowship, The Bancroft Library Study Award, and the federal Civil Liberties Public Education Fellowship.

Sarah Sieloff is the Executive Director of the Center for Creative Land Recycling (CCLR or "see clear").  CCLR promotes the sustainable, equitable and responsible reuse of underutilized and environmentally-impacted properties by educating, advocating, assisting and convening stakeholders to revitalize communities through land recycling.  CCLR works across the U.S., including in Puerto Rico, and under Sarah’s leadership it has grown substantially since 2015.  Sarah has increased CCLR's annual fundraising, realigned its strategic direction, and expanded CCLR's policy and advocacy work at the national level. Prior to joining CCLR, Sarah served as the Memphis Team Lead for the White House Council on Strong Cities, Strong Communities, where she led an interagency federal team that helped the City of Memphis better manage and leverage $25 million in federal funding.  Sarah is a member of the Urban Land Institute and has served as a panelist or chair for ULI Advisory Services Panels in Georgetown, SC, Commerce City, CO and Toa Baja, Puerto Rico.  Sarah has a background in international development and is a Truman Scholar.  She earned her Master in Public Affairs from Princeton University and her BA from Eckerd College.

Matt Smith, a staff journalist at The Center for Investigative Reporting, began his 28-year career in journalism as a cub reporter for The Sacramento Union. He went on to positions at newspapers in Albuquerque, New Mexico; Twin Falls, Idaho; Fairfield, California; and Newport News, Virginia. During much of the 1990s Smith covered Latin America as a reporter for Dow Jones & Co. And throughout the aughts Smith served as staff news columnist with Village Voice Media. He came to Reveal from The Bay Citizen. Smith holds a master's degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Reed College in Portland, Oregon.

Jin Zhu lives and works in the SF Bay Area. When she's not working on personal projects, she collects interviews for the Anti-Eviction Mapping Project and freelances as a photographer and videographer. She has shown work at Southern Exposure, the Contemporary Jewish Museum, BAMPFA, San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, Cantor Arts Center, Kala Art Institute, Artist Television Access, Embark Gallery and Berkeley Art Center. She's presented at SFMOMA's Civic Data Solidarity and Take Part projects, the Storyteller's Institute's Festosium, Lehigh's Our (Digital) Humanity conference, and at UC Berkeley's Oral History Summer Institute, Social Justice Symposium and At the Intersections symposium. She received her MFA from UC Berkeley in 2016. Before that, she worked as a staff photographer and then photo desk editor at the Daily during her time as an undergrad at Stanford. Occasionally, she is a free-form radio DJ and live-streams live music performances at KZSU.