The crisis we’re seeing is the result of decades of choices, and while the tech industry is a sexy, attention-grabbing target, it cannot shoulder blame for this alone.
Unless a new direction emerges, this will keep getting worse until the next economic crash, and then it will re-surface again eight years later. Or it will keep spilling over into Oakland, which is a whole other Pandora’s box of gentrification issues.
The high housing costs aren’t healthy for the city, nor are they healthy for the industry. Both thrive on a constant flow of ideas and people.
Wonderful article by Kim-Mai Cutler giving a deep history of how we ended up with the SF housing issues we have. Tying in the threads between Google buses, direct democracy, corporate tax breaks and the shooting of George Moscone & Harvey Milk.
This is not “reverse discrimination” or “bullying”
There has been a lot of pushback of this kind on twitter, with a lot of ridiculous hypotheticals. I don’t know how many times we have to say this, and in how many ways, but here are some: calling you a jerk for your belief that I am sub-human is not the same as you believing I am sub-human in the first place. Your freedom of speech does not mean freedom of consequences of that speech. There is no right to not be offended by things. Your religious expression is not more important than my equal rights, and in any case my having equal rights does not affect your ability to express those beliefs. Taking away your privilege is not equivalent to oppressing you. It’s not bullying. An adult punching a three year old is bullying; it’s not bullying if the three year old punches back. Power matters, and until very recently you had all of it, and you still have more than your share.