These days, more and more researchers link our health to our daily surroundings. And in the Bay Area, neighborhoods next to freeways are more exposed to the air pollution that comes with them. That’s the case for San Francisco’s Bayview neighborhood, which is home to not just freeways but also some of the city’s dirtiest industries, like a sewage plant. There’s a higher proportion of brownfields and leaky underground fuel tanks than other parts of the city. Because of these sites, Bayview residents have a higher risk of developing asthma and lung cancer. And that’s what Bayview’s Tracy Zhu is trying to do something about.
The Sights and Sounds of Bayview is a storytelling project between the San Francisco Arts Commission and local public radio KALW 91.7FM with funding from the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission. These eight stories feature remarkable people who live, work, and make a positive change in San Francisco’s Bayview neighborhood.
Radio Producer: Laura Flynn
Photographer: R.J. Lozada
Local Music: Johnnae Sanders from BAYCAT and Dynamic
Additional Images from the San Francisco Public Library, Laura Flynn, Daniel Hoherd, Ted Rheingold, Steve Rhodes, and Robynn Takayama
Sights and Sounds of Bayview Team:
Robynn Takayama: Executive Producer
Holly Kernan: Executive Editor
Martina Castro: Supervising Editor
Audrey Dilling: Series Editor
Stephanie Foo: Sound Designer
Brian Storm: Multimedia Editor