Tag Archives: gentrification

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SF Mission MC Riffs on Gentrification in New Video

“Frak,” the hip hop moniker of Alex Fraknoi, grew up in the Mission and has seen it change – particularly when he returns on visits from Southern California, where he’s studying writing and media studies. That change inspired a rap song and music video set in the Mission, in which Frak walks the neighborhood hidden behind a fixed plastic emoji...
Aaron Peskin in a still from "Company Town" by Alan Snitow and Deborah Kaufman.

Film Review: Mission and Chinatown Struggles Most Compelling in “Company Town”

Progressive politicos, activists, and other movie-goers descended on the Roxie Theater on Friday night for what has become a San Francisco tradition in recent years: lamenting tech’s influence on the city, particularly its financial takeover of local politics. Supervisors David Campos and Aaron Peskin, State Senator Mark Leno, author and journalist David Talbot, and various aides, journalists, and local activists...
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Mission Band Releases Album, Holds On To Heritage

Local band Soltron will play at the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts this Friday to mark the release of its self-titled album celebrating the Mission District’s culture and exploring themes of gentrification and displacement. Soltron began as a trio of drummers in 2014 after percussionist Anthony Sierra went to Cuba, where his father is from, to study the batá,...
Todd Brown, founder of the Red Poppy Art House, was given 30 days to vacate his Silver Terrace art studio last month. Photo by Laura Waxmann

Red Poppy Art House Founder Priced Out of Art Studio

It is impossible to quantify the exchanges and relationships that have formed in the spaces that artist Todd Brown has created and curated in the Mission for nearly two decades. He’s been heavily involved in the Mission Arts & Performance Project, known as MAPP, which started in 2003 when Brown saw a need to connect local artists living within blocks from...
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Tech-Powered Tour of SF Mission Explores Question of Belonging

In a collaboration with local residents and KQED, Detour, a startup offering audio walking tours of 11 San Francisco neighborhoods launched its Mission District tour yesterday. The Mission’s tour offers insight into the lives of six locals and newcomers who share a love for the neighborhood but grapple with the question of belonging. The city package sells for $24.99, and...
Defaced mural on 19th and San Carlos streets. Photo courtesy of Fnnch.

Anti-Gentrification Graffiti Paints Picture of Artists’ Struggle for Space

For the second time in less than two weeks, a tagger has scrawled over a mural of ten stenciled sea turtles on the wall of a Pacific Gas & Electric substation at the corner of 19th and San Carlos streets – the mural was first defaced with the words “Latino Art Only.” Six of the turtles were slashed with paint...
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You May Not Cry, But You Should Still See the Show

The first thing that might come to mind as you’re waiting for the lights to dim at Paul  Flores’ one-man show “You’re Gonna Cry,”: What is Flores doing in Union Square performing a show about gentrification in the Mission? Well, in one example of why you might do as the title implies, the sixth-floor black box Phoenix Theater on Mason...
City and community leaders discuss strategies and tools in addressing the preservation of communities subjected to gentrification during a workshop at  the Mission's Galeria de la Raza on April 18. Photo by Laura Waxmann

Community Leaders Strategize Against Displacement

Leaders from three different communities razed by displacement shared their experiences and offered ideas on policy-based strategies to thwart gentrification in a day-long workshop hosted at the Mission’s Galeria de la Raza on Monday. Though separated by hundreds of miles, the struggles of Los Angeles’ Boyle Heights, San Diego’s Logan Heights, and San Francisco’s Mission District run parallel, agreed community...
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Meet the Neighbors: Meghan and Yael (Sponsored)

  About this project: Meet The Neighbors is an initiative between the Bay Area Rapid Transit and Andrea Baker Consulting with the intention of initiating a conversation about the 16th Street BART plazas and the people (our neighbors) who use and traverse the plaza — sometimes on a daily basis. Oftentimes, we use a place and yet we do not...
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Displaced from the Mission: Petsitting Without a Permanent Place to Live (KALW)

This piece was produced by KALW and is republished here with permission as part of a collaboration with KALW.    The median rent for a one-bedroom apartment in San Francisco’s Mission District is currently about $3,500 per month. That means a renter needs to make almost $130,000 per year if she wants to spend just a third of her paycheck...
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Art Compilation Addresses SF Gentrification

Fearing further displacement and gentrification as the result of San Francisco’s plans to redevelop and “clean up” certain parts of the city, a group of artists, musicians, and activists came together in May 2012 for Streetopia, a massive art collaboration and fair at which participants visualized and realized alternative ideals for the city and celebrated existing communities and culture. Writer, independent curator, and...
The 59-page "Street Hearts" booklet created by Sanchez Elementary School students this summer. Photo by Joe Rivano Barros.

SF Mission School Students Talk Gentrification, Immigration Through Poetry

Writing on gentrification, immigration, Pac-Man, and the Virgin Mary, a class of fourth and fifth graders at Sanchez Elementary School recently published a booklet of poetry made after they walked around the Mission District and took in its murals. “I wanted them to be looking at the murals in the Mission because they were such a powerful vehicle for talking...
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SF Mission Gentrification at ‘Advanced Stage’

The Mission District – one of the city’s poorest neighborhoods 25 years ago – is in “an advanced stage of gentrification” and is now comparable to some parts of the South Bay, such as Sunnyvale, a suburb with an average median income of around $106,000, according to a recent study by two Berkeley researchers. While the Mission’s average median income – is around $74,000 – it is on its...
Residents collaborated to complete their sculptural representation of the Mission.

Artists, Residents Sculpt Gentrification as They See It

The Mission’s housing crisis was on center stage at the Red Poppy Art House on Saturday evening, and that stage had a hole in it. All afternoon and evening, artists convened around, peeked out of and disappeared into the small hole in the art house floor. They explained it symbolized the Mission’s present being built over its past, at the expense...
A crowd of listeners piled into the union hall at 18th and Shotwell streets Wednesday night. Photo by Laura Wenus

Protesters Drown Out Developers’ Benefits Presentation

Representatives from Maximus Real Estate Partners, the company proposing the 10-story building at 16th and Mission streets, had a hard time getting through their short presentation about the project’s community benefits package as more than 200 dissenters chanted,  yelled and disrupted their performance. Maximus’ proposal has been at the center of debate for years. Housing rights activists say the roughly 300 new market-rate...