Sights and Sounds of Bayview

The Sights and Sounds of Bayview is a project of KALW and the San Francisco Arts Commission to tell the stories of the people who live, work, and have a positive impact on San Francisco's Bayview neighborhood. Radio producers and photographers documented the stories in sound and imagery.

On September 19, 2013, the stories were presented live on stage at the historic Bayview Opera House in front of an audience of local community members and newcomers to the neighborhood. 

Hear and view the completed stories below.

Pages

5:05pm

Thu May 21, 2015
Sights and Sounds of Bayview

How activists are reviving a historic waterway in Bayview-Hunters Point

Bo Barnes, president of Kayaks Unlimited.
TaSin Sabir

The sun is beating down on Islais Creek, a small marine channel in Hunters Point that opens out into the Bay. Homeless camps, graffiti, and factories surround the area, but there’s also a small, quaint park with native cherry trees and a gravel boat launch. Bo Barnes, a laid back man with shoulder length hair and an easy smile, is getting ready to take me out kayaking on Islais Creek.

Read more

5:42pm

Wed May 21, 2014
Arts & Culture

Sights and Sounds of Bayview: Neighbors are doin' it for themselves at Quesada Gardens Initiative

Neighbors of the Quesada Gardens Initiative.
Kevin B. Jones

Watch:

Like many people who see a pretty rose in bloom, Annette Smith likes to take in the sight and scent of it. But when she bends her head to inhale this particular rose’s fragrance, her enjoyment comes with a deeper meaning – she remembers where this rosebush came from, and how and when it was planted here.

Read more

5:00pm

Tue April 1, 2014
Arts & Culture

Sights and Sounds of Bayview: Dancing with the ladies in line

Pernilla Persson

Watch:

On a wide street full of work spaces, lined with cars and no trees in sight is the Dr. George W. Davis Senior Center. It’s the one building on the block where there’s constant activity. Laughter pours out of the cafeteria which for now has been turned into a dance floor. 

Read more

5:18pm

Thu March 20, 2014
Arts & Culture

Sights and Sounds of Bayview: James Martin mentors Bayview's fathers

R.J. Lozada

Watch: 

Deafening gunshots rang out just as James Martin arrived home. Troubled by the news of a 17-year-old young man dying in front of his house, he did what anyone would do – actually what most wouldn’t do. He grabbed his portable karaoke machine and stood at the sidewalk memorial erected for the young man and began singing, “Wake up everybody, no more sleeping in bed, no more backward thinking time for thinking ahead.”

Read more

10:21am

Thu January 9, 2014

Pages