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  •  Thanks Cartoon Peril (5+ / 0-)

    great pictures of now and then. It is a sign of times these boat dwellers, but I somehow feel that it is also a sign of human resourcefulness and resiliency. From the people who live on boats to those in Dignity Village my heart goes out to these victims of our societies viscous version of an 'economy' .  

    Our city while great to live in does not do well with the homeless or affordable housing for the poor or even working stiffs. Major Katz the mentor of Sam Adams was appalling about the homeless. She wanted them removed from view so unsightly on the streets puts off the yuppies and the tourists.    

    I truly hope we do not go the way of San Fransisco or our own Pearl District. The developers have turned their greedy eyes on the close in SE neighborhoods where I live. We could not afford to buy or rent in our neighborhood off Hawthorne, these days. We moved here in 1992 when this was not gentrified it was the peoples neighborhood.        

    The 'housing market' is frantically building huge ugly condo's in my neighborhood, all built by the same developer. When completed are they going to be affordable? I seriously doubt it. I signed a petition the other day to stop the Division Street development. The list of signatory's was impressive.

    We left SF because we could not afford housing even though we both had good jobs. Housing like health care and food is a basic right and the merger of corporate business and city governments is getting worse not better.  

    •  We live in SE too, there is always a tension (2+ / 0-)
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      between development and affordability.  Basically I'm pretty much on the development side, I realize that's a bit out of step with other people on this site, but I also think that there is a responsibility on the part of both government and business to encourage employment in good paying jobs.

      You have exactly 10 seconds to change that look of disgusting pity into one of enormous respect!

      by Cartoon Peril on Sun Oct 21, 2012 at 11:55:11 AM PDT

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