Comments and Hipster Gentrification

Our favorite came from Alfred Landrum.

The story on hipster gentrification collected 25 comments, many really interesting, on the subject of change.

The staff’s favorite came from Alfred Landrum:

I’m a white guy who bought a place around 24th & mission. I don’t think anyone would consider me a hipster – I have no porn stache, and I couldn’t tell you what bands the kids are listening too – but I am in my early 30’s. So if you squint right, and by ‘hipster’ people really think ‘white dude’ … well, I’m sure someone would label me one.

Here’s some of what I bring to the neighborhood:

– I go to cafe la boheme – for snacks, breakfast, and world cup matches
– I eat dinner at George’s bbq
– I buy booze at Latino’s Liquor (say hi to VJ!)
– I get groceries at Delano’s
– I buy home needs from Cole’s on mission
– I go to shows at mission dance

And yes, I do go to Philz, and even Rosamunde occasionally, and I’m struck by the concentration of whites in those places. both of which I consider expensive, but within my means.

I want to commission a mural on my back alley fence. Partly to ward off the taggers (fingers crossed), but also because its a cool aspect of the neighborhood that I want to participate in.

As I see it, I bring a lot of hyperlocal dollars into the mission, and to the businesses that are there, thankyouverymuch.

Hey Molly H – what would you suggest be done? How would the city stop the gentrification process? Rent control? Purchase control on new condo’s? I’m seriously curious.

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One Comment

  1. Jen

    I agree and for once the gentrification in the Mission is not taking away the heart of the community. Plus, it is making it better for existing local businesses and families.

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