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  •  Thanks for sharing your daughter's (4+ / 0-)
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    personal story. It's good to move beyond the monolithic stereotypes, so we can get into the deeper nuances of the issue. Since the SPUR panel did not allow that kind of deeper analysis and processing of the many facets of this phenomenon, I felt like I had to take it there, just to open the actual dialog which is what is happening in this diary and on my blog.

    I probably could have waited a few days before writing my letter to SPUR, which probably would have made me sound less of what you call "whiny" but to me was more about being emotionally engaged. But I felt like the discussion needed some emotion, because everyone was treating this as a bunch of business decisions when real people are getting pushed out of the community and losing their homes, as you can read in this thread below. Can't we feel a little bit personally affected by this?

    It's not exclusively these companies' fault, but I think the bus issue presents us with a chance to talk about what's happening in the city and beyond, as far as growing wealth inequity and the effect it has on our society and communities.

    As far as envy, that's completely off the mark. If you knew me and the things I care about in life, you'd be laughing for even entertaining that thought.

    Ecology is the new Economy

    by citisven on Fri Apr 12, 2013 at 05:45:23 PM PDT

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    •  Well, I don't think this diary sounds (3+ / 0-)
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      whiny at all, and I think you did a great job documenting this phenomenon—it fleshes out the summary of the whole situation that I got from you on the walk to the Tea Garden recently!

      I also take issue with the assertion that you're "maybe a little envious"—what? I don't see anything in this piece that supports that. As a 30-year resident of the City—but not the Mission, so I haven't been affected by the Google Bus scene the way you have—I really appreciate this first-hand account of the way that facilitating a huge influx of residents with 6-figure incomes is affecting the traditionally working-class Mission neighborhood. And of course, the drastic inflation of the cost of housing is radiating throughout the City; rents in my Inner Sunset neighborhood have risen so astronomically in the last few years that if I were to lose my rent-controlled apartment (now more than 100% under market, thanks to the Google Bus –enabled pressure on rents), I'd have to leave the City, too. This situation is just insane.

      I hope SPUR takes the time to review your presentation (more than just a "letter," in my opinion!) with the care it deserves. I think that they, of all people, would be the ones to take a serious interest in what you have to say.

      (P.S. Sorry I'm so late to this diary! I've had a helluva week, and I'm finally catching up on a few things.)

      •  Hello where4art (1+ / 0-)
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        sorry you had a rough week, I hope you're getting to enjoy a little time off this weekend. Thanks for the update from the Sunset rental market, I do think this is an issue that's important to everybody, including the folks in the tech industry. I'm not sure if anything concrete can or should be done about rising rents and income inequity beyond protecting existing rent control laws and continually raising the minimum wage, but I've lived on this planet long enough to be very skeptical whenever the well-off use trickle-down arguments to explain why this is good for everybody. And while I don't doubt the goodness of individual employees, I'm just a little bit suspicious of the big companies' corporate headquarters' concern for the commons when they're stashing away billions of $$ in Bermuda tax shelters.

        Ecology is the new Economy

        by citisven on Sat Apr 13, 2013 at 02:53:02 PM PDT

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