In late October, 58-year-old Rodney Randolph will move down the hill from his public housing unit in San Francisco’s once notorious Sunnydale public housing project to a fifth-floor apartment in a new building just completed two blocks away. It’s a five-minute walk from the old spot to the new place. But it feels like a world away. “Instead of facing these old Army barracks, I’m going to be facing the ocean,” said Randolph, an Army veteran who works odd jobs and volunteers for the Sunnydale Food Pantry. “I’ll sit back and look out at the water, the trees, maybe watch some birds flying.” The building Randolph will be moving into is the first replacement housing at Sunnydale, a decaying and isolated 765-unit Visitacion Valley public housing complex, which has traditionally had the city’s highest homicide rate. But it will not be the last. Eventually all the units at Sunnydale, spread over 50 acres at the foot of McLaren Park, will be replaced. Related Stories LocalBy J.K. DineenInfusion of housing delivers hope to SF, helps familiesLocalBy J.K. DineenSF housing breaking ground on troubled Mid-Market block that…LocalBy John KingIn SF’s Civic Center, hope for renewal as proposals to…LocalBy Dominic Fracassa‘I’m scared:’ Single… Read full this story
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