Community forum planned on Mission gentrification

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The recent debate about high-end retailer Jack Spade seeking to open up shop in the former location of Adobe Books has placed concerns about gentrification in San Francisco’s Mission District to the front burner yet again.

To spark a dialogue about an appropriate community response to the changing fabric of the neighborhood, community activists have organized a discussion forum scheduled for Monday, Sept. 23.

As rents soar, countless longtime businesses and residents are being priced out of the Mission. From the event description:

“How do we, as a community, feel about this? What can we learn from each other as we consider how to confront the issues of a changing neighborhood and city? Coming from our many perspectives, are there matters that some, most, or all of us can agree upon? … What urgent and long-term actions can we take to support existing local businesses and maintain the diversity and unique character of the Mission District? These are just a few of the questions we may discuss at this meeting.”

The meeting will be hosted at the Center for Political Education on Valencia Street, and participants will represent a host of local businesses and community organizations including Calle 24 SF, Eviction Free San Francisco, Encantada Gallery, the Mission Neighborhood Resource Center, PODER, Shaping San Francisco and the Valencia Corridor Merchants Association.

The discussion will be moderated by Rose Aguilar, host of Your Call on KALW.

The event will be held at 522 Valencia on Monday, Sept. 23 at 6pm and is free to attend.

Comments

dealers and hookers on every corner. Now there are great stores, restaurants and bars opening weekly. And this is a problem because . . . . ?

Posted by Guest on Sep. 20, 2013 @ 4:07 pm

There were not dealers and hookers on every block of the Mission in the late 1990s, that was when yet another tech boom was inflating, and the theft rate today is higher than it has ever been.

Posted by Guest on Sep. 20, 2013 @ 6:01 pm

dealers on many corners. That continued thru the dot.com boom and bust, but has gradually gone away over the last decade, at least in those parts of the Mission that have been uprated. The new residents quite simply won't tolerate it, and the mission is well-policed.

Petty crime remains, and the odd gang incident, so more work needs to be done.

Posted by Guest on Sep. 21, 2013 @ 6:57 am

and there were not dealers and hookers on every corner nor was the area "a crime-ridden wasteland", but don't let that stop you from talking out of your ass.

Posted by Guest III on Sep. 20, 2013 @ 8:47 pm

Following "talking out of your ass" you failed to say, "as usual."

That smug, hateful, sour, pro-1%, know-nothing troll from Los Ángeles is now ending many posts with the tag line, "and that is a problem because......?"

I've seen that in multiple posts on here from that piece of work. I guess it's part their cut-paste job. Odd. When one is getting paid well by the one-percent (well enough to live on this site day and night and do nothing else), you would think that cut-paste wouldn't be allowed by their employer of the one-percent. You would think that useless troll would be required to type everything out manually, no shortcuts allowed and no copy-paste. Must not be paid that much then. That would also explain the low-grade, inferior quality of the troll's posts.

Posted by troll barrier on Sep. 21, 2013 @ 5:26 am

would be paid to demolish it's arguments.

I cannot speak for anyone else but nobody pays me to debunk SFBG viewpoints. I do it because it is fun and easy, and because it helps progressives develop better arguments. I'm doing my bit for the cause as well.

Posted by Guest on Sep. 21, 2013 @ 7:11 am

Well you must think that the BG is "so influential" otherwise you wouldn't waste your time here day and night on something that is NOT influential, and a site that you hate. No sane, rational and well-adjusted person would do that. Only a crazy nut would do that. To you conflict is "fun and easy." Pathetic. Get therapy, if anyone will take you. Since you don't give a fuck about "progressives" the notion that what you do here supposedly helps them "develop better arguments" shows you have a greatly over-inflated sense of self-worth and self-importance. Or in other words, a big head with nothing in it.

Posted by Guest on Sep. 21, 2013 @ 4:17 pm

For instance, I read a lot of comic books and they are not influential at all, but they amuse me. One could argue that SFBG is like a comic book for lefties.

So it can be entirely sane, rational and well-adjusted to spend time on SFBG even if you deem it to have little political gravitas.

Anyway, "day and night" is not true. In my case when i am here I am multi-tasking and the marginal cost in terms of my time is trivial. Or do you think that everyone here who post as "Guest" is one and the same person. If so, it is your sanity that is in doubt.

Posted by Guest on Sep. 21, 2013 @ 4:36 pm

or does mommy still have to approve?

Posted by Guest on Sep. 21, 2013 @ 4:49 pm

Throw around insults all day long because you have nothing of substance to add.

Posted by Guest on Sep. 21, 2013 @ 5:07 pm

Project much?

Posted by Guest on Sep. 21, 2013 @ 7:51 pm
Posted by anon on Sep. 22, 2013 @ 7:53 am

"He?"

How would you know the gender of the person, or are you always sexist?

Posted by Guest on Sep. 23, 2013 @ 5:20 am

Good point.

How about 'it'.

Posted by pete moss on Sep. 23, 2013 @ 6:34 am

trolling under a dozen different handles like Erika, Danielle, Sue etc.

Wise heads can tell.

Posted by Guest on Sep. 23, 2013 @ 7:40 am

Hilarious. Wow.

Posted by Guest on Sep. 21, 2013 @ 8:16 pm

"In my case when i am here I am multi-tasking..."

Your reams and reams of posts speak to the contrary. The only thing you multi-task is your hate, your elitism, your pro-one-percent theme, your hate of the poor, your hate of the homeless, your hate of cyclists (that's the short list) and your hate of the BG yet you live on the site day and night regardless of your lies to the contrary. You're always the first to post on any article (and they publish articles at random times) as if you just sit around for hours waiting for something to do in your miserably sad day and/or you have a robot alerting you to a new article they publish so you can rush to be the first to write your hateful, elitist, nose-in-the-air and smug bile no matter what the topic to continue your whining agenda in favor of the one-percent. You're fooling no one. Surely the one-percent could have found a more competent, intelligent and less hateful and less rabid troll to work for them because your "work" for them does them a disservice and advances a most negative image of the one-percent and their agenda.

Posted by Guest on Sep. 23, 2013 @ 5:13 am
Posted by Guest on Sep. 23, 2013 @ 7:41 am

world = shattered

Posted by Guest on Sep. 23, 2013 @ 1:57 pm

this is simply a troll barrier

it is a signpost to indicate to the reader that other anonymous posters on this thread are beginning to purposely diminish the conversation into petty, mean spirited, personal attacks and irrelevant bickering

the barrier is put in place to signal that there is probably little point in reading more replies in the thread past this point

proceed at your own risk

Posted by troll barrier on Sep. 23, 2013 @ 2:40 pm

You losers are not progressives (that's like the Marriage equity opponents calling themselves "Protect Marriage") you are regressive. It's the new smart, clever people coming into San Francisco that are driving progress! You whiners are impeding it.

Posted by Guest on Sep. 27, 2013 @ 3:44 am

Then live in the Marina for great stores, restaurants and bars because most of us still trying to remain in the Mission for over 20 years now, can not afford to eat in these great new places you boast about.

Posted by Guest on Sep. 23, 2013 @ 4:14 pm
Posted by Guest on Sep. 23, 2013 @ 6:07 pm

progressive vision of a brave new world.

Mandatory tofu.

Posted by Guest on Sep. 23, 2013 @ 7:11 pm

this is simply a troll barrier

it is a signpost to indicate to the reader that other anonymous posters on this thread are beginning to purposely diminish the conversation into reactionary hyperbole and/or petty, mean spirited, personal attacks and irrelevant bickering

the barrier is put in place to signal that there is probably little point in reading more replies in the thread past this point

proceed at your own risk

Posted by troll barrier on Sep. 27, 2013 @ 9:00 am

because it was very witty and perceptive.

Posted by Guest on Sep. 27, 2013 @ 9:59 am

I am grateful to whomever is doing this, as it saves me time and energy.

I don't always agree with the sentiments being expressed in the posts but they are always on-topic, well-argued and articulate.

I suspect that "barrier" is just a troll but he is accidentally providing a useful service by pointing directly to the good stuff.

So keep it up.

Posted by anon on Sep. 27, 2013 @ 10:26 am

fuck u

Posted by Guest on Nov. 08, 2013 @ 6:41 pm

What's your logic and reasoning?

Posted by Guest on Nov. 08, 2013 @ 7:03 pm

Wondering why more folks aren't talking about the New Mission Theater being taken over by a Texas franchise that's going to be like another Foreign Cinema and that includes 110 luxury condos on Mission Street ... THAT is going to really accelerate gentrification along Mission Street ... the Valencia creep ...

Posted by Clarion Alley Mural Project on Sep. 20, 2013 @ 5:08 pm

boarded up for decades.

The punk rock/13selling record store came and went ten+ years ago.

What did the complainers do in the decades between then and now? You can't expect property owners to sit around while you whine and complain for decades. They at last got a deal to their liking and you get a cause to whine about, everyone wins.

Posted by Matlock on Sep. 20, 2013 @ 7:31 pm

But build something new, nice and shiney, and they are all up in arms about "gentrification"

We demand that all squalor be preserved and defended! The right to live in a dump is a sacred human right!

Posted by Guest on Sep. 21, 2013 @ 7:13 am

The only two choices are luxury condos and squalor.

Posted by Guest on Sep. 21, 2013 @ 7:33 am

middle class in SF.

But the average home price in SF is still under a million, so we're not like Aspen or La Jolla yet.

The East Bay might suit you better.

Posted by Guest on Sep. 21, 2013 @ 8:17 am

Most Americans are middle class. Why do you hate most Americans?

Posted by Guest on Sep. 21, 2013 @ 8:27 am

Which is why they pay average rents and mortgages to live in average homes.

SF has many of those.

Posted by Guest on Sep. 21, 2013 @ 8:35 am

Fewer and fewer, they are being consumed..

Posted by Guest on Sep. 21, 2013 @ 9:15 am

There is always one.

Funny thing is - there are very few vacant homes in SF so clearly housing here is affordable - just not by you.

Posted by Guest on Sep. 21, 2013 @ 9:26 am

Not by me 25 years ago when I moved here and needed affordable rental housing.

Posted by Guest on Sep. 21, 2013 @ 9:37 am

Would SF have been worse off if you had not been able to afford SF and so had not come here? How so? What do we gain by having someone like you here?

Posted by Guest on Sep. 21, 2013 @ 10:01 am

can move to SF. That's a real value-added proposition for the city and it's people.

I mean, can you imagine what this city would have been like if he'd stayed in his Texas trailer park? The horror, the horror.

Posted by anon on Sep. 21, 2013 @ 10:46 am

The broke loser Marcos owns a 2 bedroom home in the mission last valued well north of half a million.

Posted by Guest on Sep. 24, 2013 @ 9:08 am

years, then it must be a real dump. Average condo price in SF is $800,000.

And of course it's at the asshole of the city - 16th and Mission.

And he only got it by a fluke, via a payoff.

And he's still miserable and whiney anyway.

Posted by Guest on Sep. 24, 2013 @ 9:37 am

this is simply a troll barrier

it is a signpost to indicate to the reader that other anonymous posters on this thread are beginning to purposely diminish the conversation into petty, mean spirited, personal attacks and irrelevant bickering

the barrier is put in place to signal that there is probably little point in reading more replies in the thread past this point

proceed at your own risk

Posted by troll barrier on Sep. 24, 2013 @ 11:56 am

this is simply a troll barrier

it is a signpost to indicate to the reader that other anonymous posters on this thread are beginning to purposely diminish the conversation into petty, mean spirited, personal attacks and irrelevant bickering

the barrier is put in place to signal that there is probably little point in reading more replies in the thread past this point

proceed at your own risk

Posted by troll barrier on Sep. 24, 2013 @ 11:56 am
Posted by Matlock on Sep. 21, 2013 @ 6:14 pm

Progressives want no new homes built, they want the current decaying rental housing stock to continue, they dislike successful businesses being here and they oppose anything new or different.

It's an intellectually and socially bankrupt philosophy that celebrates failure and eschews success.

Posted by Guest on Sep. 21, 2013 @ 6:40 pm

Community advocates believe that people have a right to live in the city of their birth, that communities increase social harmony & cohesion, are a fundamental building block of society, and that low-income is not a moral failing in itself, freed from context.

The funny thing is, most mainstream American "progressives" seek a return to the Modern Liberalism that was the US political-economic system from 1947-1972, that produced the prosperity that allowed the Boomers currently dominating the political class the unprecedented social mobility that feeds their archaic belief that America has the equality of opportunity & meritocracy it once did, which has been in decline since the 1970's, and recently dipped below that of Canada & the UK.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Modern_liberalism_in_the_United_States

That's right, an American's class background (parental income/education, citizenship) is now more of a factor in their lack of ability to move up the socio-economic ladder through education & hard work in the US, than in a country like Britain, with a constitutional monarchy & vestigial aristocracy.

Market capitalism makes for a dynamic economic system, but should not be generalized as an ideology into social & political life, as what is merely amoral in the market, moves into the domain of morality/immorality in social and political spheres. Rapacious avarice is not exactly good governance in civic life. The Cold War has been over for 25 years, and globalized capitalism won, so we can tone down the ideological warfare without "the Reds winning", and have a civil, sensible discussion about what is best for the American people and society. In theory, anyway...

Posted by saintlennybruce on Sep. 21, 2013 @ 7:27 pm

That embraces the idea that we try and better ourselves, by moving when appropriate, rather than sitting tight and grimly clinging to a mediocer life.

Nobody with a grain of ambition clings to a ratty rent-controlled studio for decades when there is opportunity out there in locations that fit you better

Posted by anon on Sep. 22, 2013 @ 7:55 am

The US has always been a nation founded on lies.

Posted by Guest on Sep. 22, 2013 @ 8:30 am

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