Eloise Westbrook on the New Look for Hunters Point

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KPIX Eyewitness News report from October 25th 1972 in San Francisco featuring an interview with Eloise Westbrook in which she explains that the Bayview Hunters Point community have been directly involved in all decisions relating to their new housing development program. She emphasizes that: "I don't think there's another urban renewal that works like the way Hunters Point works." Also includes views of the Jackie Robinson Square development at Bayview Hunters Point.

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