5 BLOCKS

5 Blocks follows the transformational changes that have been taking place on San Francisco’s central Market Street for decades. Once a thriving urban center, the neglected neighborhood has been overcome by grime and crime. Now being transformed by a tech and real estate boom, the neighborhood is undergoing its most dramatic change in 50 years.

Directors

Dan Goldes, Robert Cortlandt

Country

USA

Year

2019

Running Time

47 mins 

Website

www.5blocksproject.com/

SFGFF Film Program: 

Green Film Fest Screening - September 29, 2019

World Premiere.

5 Blocks follows the transformational changes that have been taking place on San Francisco’s central Market Street for decades. Once a thriving urban center, the neglected neighborhood has been overcome by grime and crime. Now being transformed by a tech and real estate boom, the neighborhood is undergoing its most dramatic change in 50 years.

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. Everyone involved wants to see less crime, cleaner streets, and an end to open drug use. But the needs of the existing population – inexpensive stores and restaurants that serve as gathering places for those who live in tiny subsidized hotel rooms and consider the street an extension of their living space – are often in conflict with the trendy, high-end places favored by the young tech workers.

DISCUSSION WITH: Director Dan Goldes