Good Morning Mission!

Photo by jazmin jones

It is 7 a.m., 59° and headed to 64°. Details for the next ten days here. 

“Ellis Act-ed” is a verb: see this mini-doc about soulful senior, ballroom-dance instructor and Duboce-resident Benito Santiago.

So 12 percent of SF retailers are chain stores. Nationally it’s above 30! KQED’s Forum had a roundtable discussion about letting in/blocking more.

Quote of the day: “People are excited—they no longer feel that they’re taking their lives into their hands when they’re going to the Mission,” at SFGate.

Bees? Drought? It’s a bumper-crop year for our favorite nut. Huh?

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  1. Sam

    So Benito rents a place worth 4K a month and pays $575 a month. Moreover he has had this deal for 37 years.

    Oh, and 63 isn’t old.

    Could they really not have found a more sympathetic poster child?

    And why does the article not think to blame the city’s housing policies for situations like this? Because it is much easier and more convenient to blame “speculators”?

  2. Kim

    I am no longer convinced that adding more units will solve the problem that we do not have enough lower or middle prices hosing options for working class. Seems the more they build, the more foreign (and local) speculators buy, often having these units empty for 10 months a year since many use them for vacation units. We have a choice as a city, turn into a bedroom community for the wealthy, or have options for housing that teachers, service workers etc. can afford.

    • Sam

      Kim, you may hate that this is true but most affordable homes built in SF are funded by those who build new market-rate homes.

      Your wish for unlimited cheap homes for anyone who thinks they deserve to live in the world’s favorite city is limited by a profound lack of funds. Indeed, the cost of giving every aspiring but starving and talentless artist a coop of their own probably exceeds the GDP of the city.

      So what are ya gonna do? Bless the developers or accept less BMR housing? Reality sucks for those who do not accept and embrace it.

      • backtotheburbs

        You are confused, and it seems this thought is pervasive in the monied crowd enjoying the current boom. The problem is not that SF doesn’t have housing for the poor — there is actually a fair amount of that, and indeed will never be enough.

        The real problem is that people providing key services, maintaing the fabric and community of the city, are not able to even rent here and are consistently being displaced. The city has done nothing to address this and it will not end well. Think of price hikes, cost of living increases, and loss of quality service and non-tech talent in SF.

        • Sam

          Not everyone who works in SF needs to live in SF. Some half a million people work in SF and commute from elsewhere – far more than those who commute out of SF.

          And those other areas are mostly cheaper than SF. Some are much cheaper than SF.

          If you consider the real city to be the Bay Area rather than SF, then the problem largely goes away.

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