San Francisco, CA – The San Francisco Chamber of Commerce will host a director’s discussion and screening of ‘5 Blocks’, a film that takes a candid look at the Central Market Street neighborhood where income disparity and changing demographics pose one of the most challenging questions facing major cities across the United States—Is it possible to create a neighborhood that works for everyone? This event, sponsored by Redwood Credit Union, whose mission includes supporting the community, will give attendees the unique opportunity to hear from the film’s director before a screening of the film at historic A.C.T.’s Strand Theater. The program will begin with a reception at 5:00 PM before the discussion at 5:45 PM and screening at 6:00 PM.
About the Film
San Francisco’s Market Street was once the grandest boulevard in America. No stranger to civic celebrations since the 1900s and just minutes from City Hall, the area fell into decline and became home to the city’s poorest population. The neighborhood is currently undergoing its most dramatic change in 50 years as tech companies, their employees, and the restaurants and store that cater to them confront the realities of a neighborhood that still houses some of the city’s most marginalized residents. Interweaving cinema vérité scenes, interviews with 16 individuals, and archival film and photos, 5 Blocks reveals the challenges of attracting new, wealthy residents and workers to an area with a 50-year history of housing and serving a very poor population.
About San Francisco Chamber of Commerce
The San Francisco Chamber of Commerce represents over a thousand local businesses in the City, ranging from small legacy restaurants to large innovation companies. The SF Chamber advocates for a progressive economy and high quality of life for everyone who lives, works and visits the City. Learn more at www.sfchamber.com.
About Redwood Credit Union
Founded in 1950, Redwood Credit Union is a full-service financial institution that provides banking solutions to individuals and businesses in San Francisco (1390 Market St.) and across the North Bay. Committed to the well-being of its neighborhoods, RCU offers affordable checking and savings, credit cards, online and mobile banking, auto and home loans, commercial and SBA lending, and more. For more information, call 1 (800) 479-7928, visit redwoodcu.org, or follow RCU on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for news and updates.
For Immediate Release: January 9th, 2020
Media Contact: Jay Cheng, SF Chamber of Commerce, 408-691-0423