Contents under pressure: San Francisco’s boom

By sfexaminer -excerpt

Here in the land of bubbles — the tech bubble, the real estate bubble, the blue state California liberal bubble — a good deal of anxiety is spent wondering when things are going to burst and come crashing down. Is San Francisco at its breaking point?

As if to confirm such fears, the City Controller’s Office last week reported that our maxed-out office space, extreme housing crunch and jam-packed transportation system are stifling further opportunities for growth. There is no more give in the trousers without loosening a button — or popping the balloon…

While these are indeed boom times for The City as whole, the benefits have been, as is usually the case, unevenly distributed. For the most part, this means the poor, the renters, the homeless and semi-homeless, the disabled, and many from other countries, documented and not, are feeling a disproportionate share of the squeeze such growth brings. Issues of gentrification and economic equality have been a decades-long struggle, and a worsening topic, in this quickly changing city… (more)

The reality of displacement and gentrification across all of San Francisco — and the entire region — is undeniable, and of serious concern,” Planning Director John Rahaim wrote in a Dec. 9 letter to the Board of Supervisors.

In this volatile equation, there must be a tipping point, where an ever-changing San Francisco ceases to be that city we associate that name with. It is an existential question that we have been grappling with for some time: How much of our city must we lose before it is no longer recognizable as ours?…

Rahaim, in his letter to the supervisors in response to the appeal, said the Planning Department would address gentrification concerns by imposing a new set of special development and land use rules in the Mission as well as also other vulnerable neighborhoods, like South of Market and the Tenderloin…

San Francisco is not the only city under siege by the corporate elite. To solve the problem the city authorities must listen to the public instead of preaching to them. If the listen, they might hear the answer. Let’s hope the new Supervisors will listen.

 

 

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