A Region of Change

15 Jun

Through the course of the past three weeks, I’ve been thinking a lot about where people come from and where they are going. I really want to get to know the personal histories of many of the people that I know. While talking with my 91-year-old grandmother about her journey into the Bay Area 85 years ago, I started to think about how the Bay has changed during that time.

I began to ask myself and others:

  • How has the Bay Area changed in the past few decades?
  • Who has come?
  • Who has left and where have they gone?
  • How is that changing our region and our communities?

While researching, I came across some census data that breaks down the movement in San Francisco and Oakland (they are really interesting–check them out). What drove all of these people away and into new neighborhoods and cities? With all of these changes that are occurring, isn’t that also changing the things that make this region beautiful to many people? How can we preserve the history and the strong sense of community and identity of this place and without being exclusive and stuck in the past?

1 Comment

Posted by on June 15, 2012 in 2012 Kaitlin Anderson


One response to “A Region of Change

  1. Ryan M. Lamberton

    June 19, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    I’m delighted to hear that this fellowship program has inspired you to ask big questions about your family’s history in the Bay Area…The answers to these questions, I imagine, are layered with multiple and varied stories of meaning and depth. Ultimately these are questions of the spaces we inhabit and why, the movement from one place to another and why; underneath your questions are questions of the spirit.


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