The Gentrification of our Livelihoods: Everything Must Go…

Update from an earlier post.NoCulture

Artists join Mission residents in the “Taking of City Hall”. The summer of 2015 saw a growing lack of confidence in San Francisco’s city leaders ability to stop the displacement of thousands of families. 

First to go is Art and Culture: Once again, Beaux Arts lead the world in the loss of culture. It started in Pinellas Coutny long before it hit New York and San Francisco. Long before the culture ever blossomed in SOMA or the MIssion. A dubious public let it slip away in Florida, never realizing the extent of damage that was coming to us all, because, whether we realize it or not, art is one of the most delicate parts of our American heritage. It is also the engine that supplies us with our creative entrepreneurial spirit that use to make us a great nation. As the art falls away, so will our soul, replaced by the cold shoulder of political power bought by cold hard cash.

Gentrification leads to displacement: The result of the growing unrest lead to  Prop I, which calls for an 18 month moratorium of market rate development in the Mission and a Better Plan than the  Mayor’s Affordable Housing Bonus Plan.

Data confirms our fears: It didn’t take a study for residents to figure out the correlation between the tech buses and displacement, but now that one has been completed, the proof is in the data. Release of the results has lead to a huge power struggle between the major players in Bay Area Planning, MTC and ABAG.

Power Struggle ensues: The struggle spilled over into the Sierra Club, where developers are trying to take over the local office that is a huge legal thorn in their side. SFBARF backed by the developers are also threatening to sue the sue the cities, for not building the “right kind of housing.

Pay to Play: It looks like you have to pay to get any coverage including to your followers on facebook. That is how they control you. No more free anything now that they have everyone hooked on the internet. Here is an article that describes who benefits from the millions of dollars being spent by the No on F team: The Top 9 People and Companies Cashing in on Airbnb’s $8 Million Campaign

Beware of the lies: The Transit rich corridors governments are trying to cram down our throats do nothing to save the planet or the environment. What they do is set us up for more displacement and larger homeless communities. Don’t you want to bike to work instead of drive in your air-conditioned cars on a hot day? Or how about biking through the snow during the winter? That is what they have in store for you if you let them get away with it.

– zrants

by Megan Wilson : stretcher – excerpt

Preface: When I began researching and writing The Gentrification of our Livelihoods in early March 2014 one of my primary interests was the impact that the collaboration between Intersection for the Arts and developer Forest City’s creative placemaking 5M Project is having on the existing communities that have invested in and called the South of Market home prior to the tech booms. Having worked with many community-based organizations within the SoMa community for the past 18 years, I’ve had deep concerns about the development’s impact for the neighborhood and its impact on the future of Intersection.

However, I would not have predicted the announcement that Intersection made on May 22nd to cut its arts, education, and community engagement programs and lay off its program staff would come as soon as it did. What began as a reflection on the shortcomings of creative placemaking as a tool for economic development and its implications on gentrification and community displacement has become a cautionary tale for arts and community organizations to question and better understand the potential outcomes of working with partners whose interests are rooted in financial profit.

 Over the past two months I’ve spoken with many of the stakeholders involved with the 5M development, as well as the creative placemaking projects that are helping to shape the changes in the culture and landscape throughout San Francisco, these include: Deborah Cullinan, former Executive Director, Intersection for the Arts; Jamie Bennett, Executive Director, ArtPlace America; Angelica Cabande, Executive Director, South of Market Community Action Network (SOMCAN), Jessica Van Tuyl, Executive Director, Oasis For Girls, April Veneracion Ang, Senior Aide to Supervisor Jane Kim, District 6 and former Executive Director of SOMCAN; Tom DeCaigney, Director of Cultural Affairs, San Francisco Art Commission; Bernadette Sy, Executive Director, Filipino-American Development Foundation (FADF); Josh Kirschenbaum, Vice President for Strategic Direction, PolicyLink, and an anonymous source within Forest City Enterprises.,, (more)

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