For every Gawker hit piece on San Francisco’s urban planning, the city’s rapid explosion was entirely unpredictable, and officials cannot entirely be blamed for failing to be prepared for it.
San Francisco is rapidly acquiring notoriety for its huge homeless population, which is steadily growing and contrasts starkly with the incredibly wealthy and powerful tech industry. Homeless encampments bloom opposite the doors of well-known names in the industry, and while rents skyrocket and people take home salaries of millions, people are struggling to survive on […]
A class crisis is exploding in San Francisco, where housing pressures are creating a cascade of problems for residents. The city’s limited geographic footprint and rising housing costs are creating a perfect storm that drives out many lower and working class residents who can no longer afford to live there, with average rents on a […]
One class of workers tends to dominate discussions about class war in San Francisco: Those in the technology industry. By extension, when people discuss issues like displacement, rising costs of living, and other issues that the tech industry contributes to, they reference other workers — but unless you’re reading labour journalism, these workers all tend […]
The sweeping design of the Bay Bridge’s east span includes 37 Canary Island Date Palms, planted in the median that creates space for the bike path and between lanes of opposing traffic. However, just months after the bridge opened—after years of delays caused by problems with construction, skyrocketing costs, and other issues, compounded by safety […]
Things have changed very dramatically on Treasure Island since I lived there. The former naval base has gone from a source of cheap, albeit slightly dodgy, housing surrounded by decaying infrastructure to an increasingly gentrified neighbourhood. Before, there was a strange sense of camaraderie among those of us willing to live in a part of […]
The aftermath of Folsom Street Fair (link NSFW) is over, and San Francisco is settling back into itself, a growingly genteel city interrupted by the occasional burp of a flailing queer culture — an increasingly mainstream Pride that looks more like a party for straight people than a defiant celebration of life, a Folsom Street […]
Residents of San Francisco spend an average of 46% of their income on rent, making the City the second most expensive place to live in the nation after Manhattan. Oakland residents clock in at 36%, with a rental cost increase of almost 4% since January of last year. Both cities are rapidly becoming more expensive […]
Living part-time in the Bay Area as I do, I occupy a strange personal, class, and social space. I love the Bay Area deeply and enjoy my time there, but at the same time, I am one of the people contributing to the radical social and class shifts in the region, and, at times, one […]
1877’s anti-Chinese riot in San Francisco’s Chinatown was a dark period in the city’s history, and it was far from the only incident of anti-Chinese violence in the nascent state, falling into a larger framework of anti-Asian racism.