Hunter Franks started the Neighborhood Postcard Project last year while working with the youth of the San Francisco Bayview area. He worked with the kids to identify and address the challenges of the community. Hunter was pleasantly surprised when the response he received from Bayview’s citizens had nothing to do with drug use, crime or the unemployment rate.
Instead, they wanted to change the way others perceived their neighborhood. Hunter told Fusion’s Alicia Menendez, “They had this platform to try to change anything in their neighborhood and what they really wanted to change was how people looked at them… They wanted people to look at them and not assume they were poor and dangerous because they lived in Bayview.” The Neighborhood Postcard Project has since reached other large cities in the U.S. like D.C., Manhattan and Detroit and even two cities in Chile: Antofagasta and Santiago.
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