How San Francisco broke America’s heart

By Karent Heller : washingtonpost – excerpt

SAN FRANCISCO — A Tuesday afternoon in the Mission District of America’s tech wonderland.

Michael Feno stands outside Lucca Ravioli, his beloved pasta emporium on Valencia, a vestige of old San Francisco, puffing on a cigar while posing for pictures, his customers in tears.

Living in this city’s radically shifting landscape, veterinarian Gina Henriksen found comfort by telling herself, “Thank God, Lucca is still here. If Lucca goes, I’m going to have to leave San Francisco. What do we have left?”…

No longer. In a time of scarce consensus, everyone agrees that something has rotted in San Francisco…

“This is unregulated capitalism, unbridled capitalism, capitalism run amok. There are no guardrails,” says Salesforce founder and chairman Marc Benioff, a fourth-generation San Franciscan who in a TV interview branded his city “a train wreck.”

You no longer leave your heart in San Francisco. The city breaks it…(more)

How do you break a liberal city? You buy it. Let’s call gentrification what it really is – inflation. San Francisco expects it will take a disaster to stop the inflation nightmare. No one knows how to end it.

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