CausaJusta/Just Cause has released a report on gentrification and the map on its website shows parts of the Mission District in a late stage of gentrification. We’re waiting to get the complete report to tell you more. Color Lines has this excerpt: 

“The Mission right now is in chaos with evictions,” Causa Justa member Cecilia Alvarado says in the report. “There is also nowhere to go. The units available are for people who earn $6,000 to $7,000 more than I do per month—not for middle-class or working-class families, which had always been the status of the Mission—families with kids.” Indeed, to longtime residents of the historically Latino neighborhood in San Francisco, the Mission is a new and strange place these days.

The report also includes policy recommendations to slow and reverse gentrification, ranging from housing protections to equitable economic development in all communities. The underlying message is that displacement is a choice, not an inevitability. READ MORE

Lydia Chávez

I’ve been a Mission resident since 1998 and a professor emeritus at Berkeley’s J-school since 2019 when I retired. I got my start in newspapers at the Albuquerque Tribune in the city where I was born...

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  1. “Those who remain with kids, like my family, do so by opting out of SFUSD.”

    Then why does the SFUSD still exist if families don’t send their kids there?

    Last I checked, lots of children from all backgrounds attend public school here, even some children whose parents can afford the private school bill.

    Your classism is so engrained in your personality, you don’t even notice it. I read your ridiculous screed about white children east of Valencia the other day. I’ve lived east of Valencia for almost 25 years, east of South Van Ness in fact, and there have always been white children here.

    The neighborhood is gentrifying. Almost no one denies that.

    It used to be a neighborhood of latina women attending to their own children that is transforming to a neighborhood of latina women (who may not still live here) attending to other richer (predominately white) women’s children.

    The New Mission: brown lady, white baby.

    1. There are some decent schools in the city and IF you get allocated to them, SFUSD is tolerable.

      The problem, of course, is that the decision is taken out of the hands of parents and put into the hands of bureaucrats with an ideological allocations system which, while no longer ostensibly race-based, is effectively still so through a sleight-of-hand methodology.

      The Mission may be gentrifying, if you draw comfort from that vague generalization. But that comes with as many good things as bad things, if not more.

      As for your cloyingly maudlin and precious comments about “latina mothers”, I will repeat the previous question that I asked and which you ducked:

      Please define for us the target ethnic mix of our neighborhood, and explain why that is so important, and why any change to that is so terrible?

      Describe the kind of public policy imperatives you’d like to see to enforce the kind of racial quotas that would be necessary to impose such a view on our community.

      Describe the kind of punishments and penalties that you would like to see inflicted upon anyone who alters the racial mix of the Mission, even if accidentally.

      And be sure to indicate the exact cap on white people, expressed as a percentage, that would be needed to assuage the white guilt you evidently but erroneously feel for reasons that I cannot even fathom.

  2. I expressed my opinion and experience as a long time Mission resident. You don’t like being called out on your classism so lash out you must. “Maudlin, “precious,” “white guilt.” So trite. How about “self-hating” or “socialist?”

    I wasn’t attempting to answer your questions. Why should I? People should live wherever they can without the threat of evictions for profit, which involuntarily displace them and destroy communities, even if the process brings in people more to your liking and money into your pocket.

  3. The Hunters Point Naval Shipyard superfund site is in the middle stages of gentrification? I don’t see any jackrabbits in top hats running between the empty buildings.

  4. Thanks for the detailed “where to invest next”/confirmation map, suckah!

    The report is ~$100, but they offer it to “poor people” for only $25 clams. I’m thinking of getting it for the $25 just to spite these pricks.

  5. All the Ohlone people please stand up. After they were kicked out there were Spaniards in the Mission for a long while, then Irish for a long time too, then Mexicans, then/now a lot of other people of different races. Vivas las razas.

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