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Bob Santos

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Bob Santos
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Born(1934-02-25)February 25, 1934
Seattle, Washington,
United States
DiedAugust 27, 2016(2016-08-27) (aged 82)
Seattle, Washington,
United States
Other names"Uncle Bob"

Bob Santos (February 25, 1934 - August 27, 2016) was a minority-rights activist from Seattle who worked to preserve Seattle’s Chinatown and International District. Santos was a member of the Gang of Four and a prominent member of the Filipino American community of Seattle[1][2][3].

Biography[edit | edit source]

During 1960s, the Chinatown-International District had become what Santos called a ghetto. Interstate 5 had sliced right through the middle of the neighborhood and forced several businesses to be demolished. A group of business owners came together to forge change and Santos ended up leading them.

He focused on preserving as much low-income housing as possible and helped lead a group that attempted to prevent construction of the Kingdome and successfully blocked construction of a McDonald's.

He served as the executive director of the International District Improvement Association in the mid-1970s to late 1980s.

He worked as regional director of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development from 1994 to 2001.

Personal Life[edit | edit source]

His first wife was Anita Agbalog with whom he had six children. In 1992 he married Sharon Tomiko who would later be elected to the Washington House of Representatives in 1998.[4]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "'Uncle Bob' Santos, legendary civil-rights activist, dies at 82". The Seattle Times. 2016-08-27. Retrieved 2018-03-04.
  2. Staff, KOMO. "Seattle mourns loss of 'Uncle' Bob Santos". KOMO. Retrieved 2018-03-04.
  3. "Renowned Civil Rights Leader "Uncle" Bob Santos Dies at 82". The Stranger. Retrieved 2018-03-04.
  4. "Santos, Robert "Bob" Nicholas (1934-2016) - HistoryLink.org". www.historylink.org. Retrieved 2018-03-04.



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