Friday, September 13, 2013

Mapping the city's gentrification

 
Wired magazine maps the gentrification of San Francisco:

...What we’re talking about isn’t simply the replacement of presumably authentic recent immigrants by their presumably younger, whiter, or better educated new neighbors. What we’re talking about is the replacement of an entire system of urban inter-relationships, built up over generations and stratified in ways that make sense within an urban context---now short-circuited by the inexorable demands of the (suburban) digital technology landscape...

...So where does all this leave us? Taken together, maps (and Heraclitus) tell us that nothing is permanent but change. However, another Yuppie Eradication Project showing us how to puncture Volvo and Prius tires along Valencia Street isn’t going to help with any of this…

San Francisco, which was born out of the Gold Rush, has been transformed many times over by various other gold rushes---this is just the technology one---and waves of immigrants. In fact, the Mission District that provides a backdrop for my view here was largely Polish and German until the 1960s. What we now think of as “authentic” San Francisco largely rezzed-in during that tumultuous decade, and it’s a good bet that the largely working-class Irish residents of pre-1960s Castro had similarly negative things to say about their new Summer-of-Love neighbors...

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16 Comments:

At 1:50 PM, Blogger Rkeezy said...

That map is missing the Genenbus.

I am all for pooling our resources into private transit, but when those private units don't flow the same as small vehicles, or when they use public resources to stop at or block the streets because they can't make a turn, then I have an issue.

All of these people should be living closer to their jobs and stop gumming up this city with their roadblocking battleships.

 
At 5:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I see several parts of the city with no service. Please email Google and Apple and convince them to stop discrimination of those neighborhoods so that their employees will have the ability to live in those neighborhoods as well.

 
At 5:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

All of these people should be living closer to their jobs and stop gumming up this city with their roadblocking battleships.

Good idea. All we have to do is tear down the remaining gas stations, auto washes, car dealerships, and auto parts stores, and convert them into useful office space for Google.

 
At 7:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Odd how there's almost no clue what Rob's opinion is on this article or the subject of the article. He's got the tag: "Smart Growth"? Well, we know he hates that. But are the private shuttles part of "Smart Growth" somehow? Very puzzling. Why not throw in "Islamic Fascism" too, I'll bet there's a few Muslim employees of Google or Apple that ride on them.

 
At 8:23 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

And these new residents who call themselves San Franciscans sit on busses all day and stare at their phones and think they are living some sort of hip urban bohemian life? Then on weekends, they put on their skinny jeans and ride single speed bikes to expensive coffee and think they are so much hipper than co-workers who chose to live close to work in places like Menlo Park?

And these are the people who are demanding parking be removed from the city so their bedroom suburb (San Francisco) can be comfortable for weekend bike trips to coffee? What about people who live here with children? The elderly? Or business owners?

 
At 9:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What about people who live here with children?

The only people left in SF with children are "those people" on the buses who can afford private school, and the blacks who have had kids out of wedlock and are in the lousy public schools.

The elderly?

Who gives a shit.

Or business owners?

They all live in Pacifica or Marin. Fuck them.

 
At 12:05 PM, Anonymous sfthen said...

Pass by one of the bus pickup places, say 24/Valencia, any weekday morning, there'll be maybe eight guys about the same age, similarly dressed, figure they must live in the same neighborhood, have similar educational backgrounds, obviously work at the same place and yet not one will be talking.

They are all standing a bit apart and every one is staring down at little electronic device. That's how they build community.

 
At 12:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, let's hate on the skinny jeans and the coffee and the bicycles. If everyone wore bib overalls and drove pickups and SUVs everything would be great, like, I don't know, Stockton.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WBv5eNKtk9k

 
At 1:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bib Overalls and Stockton are what you would have to select if you need to drive a car "anonymous" @12:19pm?

I love the dismissive comments from some towards anyone over the age of 40 who does not work in some start-up or Google, Facebook, etc. I am 48 years old (ancient!) and am a licensed architect in 3 states and have built numerous structures both in the San Francisco Bay Area and Chicago (where our other office is). I guess since I use a car to visit job sites and clients sometimes as far away as Pebble Beach or Rutherford, I must not be hip enough for the bike crowd.

I have noticed not only in some of the comments on this site, but on other Bay Area blogs an actual hatred towards anyone over the age of 40 or 50 who still lives in the city. The new arrivals seem to demand that this city partially built by us needs to change to whatever fashionable trend they are following at the moment, and that we are too old to even be living here.

I noticed this attitude in particular by the Bike Crowd at Polk Street meetings towards neighbors over 65 who needed a vehicle for transportation to medical appointments and shopping and were told to just "Move!"

 
At 9:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"I have noticed not only in some of the comments on this site, but on other Bay Area blogs an actual hatred towards anyone over the age of 40 or 50 who still lives in the city. The new arrivals seem to demand that this city partially built by us needs to change to whatever fashionable trend they are following at the moment, and that we are too old to even be living here."

If the only toll in your toolbox is Viagra, all problems look like Erectile Disfunction.

 
At 10:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Discuss:

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/09/15/1237641/-Book-review-Leigh-Gallagher-s-The-End-of-the-Suburbs

 
At 11:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A lot of hate for the bus riders on this thread. If they'd drive cars it would be ok right guys? Then they'd be normal Americans who (as Rob reminds us) love their cars. But for some reason they insist on riding busses! Damn hipsters.

 
At 9:48 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do the bus-haters realize that every uncommunicative, young, skinny pants-wearing bus rider, train rider, or bike rider is one less car getting in your way on the highway on their important car trips in their beloved cars? It's almost like you hate alternatives to single-driver car transportation even though the alternatives make your lives easier. Just pure spite.

 
At 12:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The funny thing is that most of the hipsters and other 20-somethings that come here from college (to adult Disneyland that SF has become) ultimately do their damage, get married and then move to the suburbs leaving the mess they created!

Yeah people who drive are the devil reincarnate, or so they would have you believe!

 
At 1:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The funny thing is that most of the hipsters and other 20-somethings that come here from college (to adult Disneyland that SF has become) ultimately do their damage, get married and then move to the suburbs leaving the mess they created!

Do you have any sources for this conclusion. Other than "your ass", that is...

 
At 2:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What's the mess they are leaving behind? New playgrounds on Valencia and 19th and Dolores Park? Bike lanes? Some mess.

 

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