Displacement, Segregation (News)

Progressives Must Talk About Homeownership

Submitted by News Desk on Mon, 06/23/2008 - 10:00pm

Sunday’s SF Chronicle had another front-page story about how families are leaving the City – due to the lack of homeownership opportunities for households making less than $150,000. As usual, there was little analysis about how we got there – and no policy solutions on how to stem this exodus. And we already know what anti-progressives like Plan C have to offer: more condominium conversions, even if it decimates our rental housing stock by evicting tenants who can’t afford to buy real estate. While that’s the wrong solution, progressives need to stand up with ideas of their own to address this glaring problem. Tenant protections are crucial, but until we also talk about expanding middle-class housing we are fighting a losing battle – as the City gets more gentrified every year. And as long as the Left keeps talking about housing for the poor (but not housing for the middle class), our capacity to grow as a local political movement will remain illusory.


The Chron discovers what's wrong with SF

Submitted by News Desk on Sun, 06/22/2008 - 10:00pm
It's taken long enough, but the San Francisco Chronicle has finally figured out the biggest story in town, a story that's been the single most important part of the city's political and social landscape for more than a decade: Housing prices are "driving the middle class out of town".

There's lots of handwringing and comments from people like Roberta Achtenberg:

Exodus of S.F.'s middle class

Submitted by News Desk on Sat, 06/21/2008 - 10:00pm
by James Temple

It's urban flight flipped on its head: The number of low- and middle-income residents in San Francisco is shrinking as the wealthy population swells, a trend most experts attribute to the city's exorbitant housing costs.

Many worry it's increasingly turning San Francisco into an enclave of the rich, where nurses, firefighters, cops, teachers and other professionals aspiring toward homeownership or in need of cheaper rent can no longer afford to stay.

San Francisco Families Fight for Their Homes

Submitted by News Desk on Sat, 06/14/2008 - 10:00pm
Do the pretty promises of HopeSF and Communities of Opportunity mask displacement and dismembering of a once powerful community?

Hunters Point, San Francisco – Last month was a hard one for Westpoint. Another boyfriend, father, friend, brother, grandson and loved one was buried. Martel Peters was only 21 years old when he was brutally slain. With the latest round of funeral services over and loved ones left to pick up the pieces, life goes on up on the Hill.

Life that includes more boarded up units, more evictions and fewer
nranderman@ aol.com


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