The Last Days of Yesler Terrace

View of Smith Tower from Yesler Terrace area in Seattle, Washington, circa 1960. Background on the Yesler Terrace housing development, which is slated for a $300 million redevelopment in the coming months, via Wikipedia:

Yesler Terrace, a 22 acre public housing development in Seattle, Washington was, at the time of its completion in 1941, that state’s first public housing development and the first racially integrated public housing development in the United States. It occupies much of the area formerly known as Yesler Hill, Yesler’s Hill, or Profanity Hill. As of 2005, it is administered by the Seattle Housing Authority, and is Seattle’s only remaining large public housing development that has not been converted into a mixed-income neighborhood.

And after reading this post yesterday afternoon, it drives home the hard realities of what redevelopment means, especially for families who depend on the affordable housing where they live. Again, according to Wikipedia, the plan is to redevelop Yesler Terrace into a mixed-income neighborhood, which boils down to gentrification and potential displacement of many if not all current residents:

Plans are currently afoot to convert Yesler Terrace, like other Seattle public housing developments, to mixed-income use. Residents have been organizing to demand that any plan for redevelopment include the opportunity for all residents who wish to remain to do so. They have also circulated a petition opposing any plan that would reduce the number of units available to the poorest residents.

(Pictured: Item 65671, Engineering Department Photographic Negatives, Record Series 2613-07, Seattle Municipal Archives; photo via Flickr)