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The San Francisco Chronicle says gentrification is no longer a dirty word in San Francisco neighborhoods, including the Mission. In fact, the writer claims, long-term residents appreciate the changes. Do you agree?

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  1. Ramón

    According to the article in The Chronicle, the newcomers want to preserve the uniqueness of the neighborhoods that they’re invading. All one has to do is to look at Valencia and 24th Streets to see that this is not true. Perhaps they want to preserve the uniqueness according to their own standards. I could go on and on about the “creative talent” that now pervades The City. Does this mean that those of us who have always lived here have no talent? And, I could mention how San Francisco has become a bedroom community for Silicon Valley, but enough said for now.

  2. Blurpy

    Honestly, does it matter what anyone thinks of gentrification? Change is inevitable. It’s going to happen whether we like it or not. The warm-and-fuzzy feelings we hold for times that have long past are just that: feelings. They’re no longer real, and they’re no longer relevant. The clock isn’t going to turn back. People change, attitudes change, places change in response to the people that live there.

    I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: if you care about your neighborhood, if you really seriously care about the city in which you reside, then buy property there. It’s something I’d like to someday as well, and I get the feeling that once you invest your hard-earned money into something, your attitude will change.

    Gentrification only exists because someone, somewhere is getting paid. Property owners in SF are realizing they can get a ton of cash for what they own, and they are acting accordingly. Imagine if you owned a 3 unit flat, and you suddenly could get over 2x as much for a unit than you could previously. Or a bunch of people with a million in *cash* are competing over buying the damned thing off of you. Would you take the money, or would you try to “keep it real?”

    What’s the half life of the warm-and-fuzzy feelings we have for “the good ol’ days?”

    • Ramón

      Hi Blurpy,
      I do not disagree with what you say. Change is inevitable and should take place. I care very much about The Mission. I am a property owner here and do not see myself living anywhere else – ever. I do not take issue with gentrification, but instead with the article in the Chronicle. The things that it states, such as The City attracting creative types (among other things) is insulting. I hope that you will understand the point that I may have not made clearly.
      (And, from what you say, I can tell that you love Rhe Mission as well.)

      • Blurpy

        Hi Ramon,

        For the record, I wasn’t really addressing your post directly, just the concept of “gentrification” and the reactions I often see to that term.

        That being said, I do see your point, and yes, the assertion that or implication that SF wasn’t creative until now is both silly and a bit demeaning!

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