Identifying An Issue

Gentrification in the Mission district is a lot more complicated than we think. There is culture being lost because of all the renovation and replacement that is being done by new, modern, over priced businesses and homes. There are contrasting perspectives from long-time Mission district natives who are being forced out of their homes due to increased prices, and there’s also the perspective of new comers, “techies” who are being accused. These changes can be considered positive and negative depending on your perspective. Some may argue that these changes are bringing in opportunity and transforming the Mission into a safer community; others can argue that they are scared that they won’t be able to live here anymore and will be homeless. There needs to be some sort of compromise, but as of right now the culture of the Mission district is fading and because of lack of knowledge and unawareness, fingers are being pointed to the wrong group.

Property prices are affected by real estate. Tenants are covered by rent control, which means rent is raised by a certain amount every year depending on the Rent Board. While everyone is pointing fingers at the “techies” for increased price change, whether it is ignorance or lack of knowledge, it is a distraction and taking away from the real issue. There have been protest and many altercations with natives and people working for high corporations, and it is not affecting or making the problem of gentrification in the Mission district any better. The real issue we need to figure out is what do we need to do as a city to stop this? It is not only the Mission district that is being affected after all.

Although I have only talked about the lost culture that these high prices are causing in the Mission district, it has happened in other low-income communities and will happen to other neighborhoods of low income as well. If anything, since “techies” are now living in the Mission district with natives, they should work together because both will be affected by the prices. Sure, maybe some can afford it more than others, but this is where the “techies” should come into the community cautious of their affect on the culture.

I am fully aware that prices have increased and will continue to increase tremendously, but our focus has to be on the people making these price changes and trying to figure out how we can stop them. First we need to figure out why they are increasing. If the city knows that by adding a corporation to a low-income neighborhood will have a great affect, why are they doing it? The issue has become rent controllers. This isn’t something that just happens overnight, the topic on renovation and price change is something that is planned well in advanced, and I am sure they know positive and negative affects that will occur. Gentrification in the Mission district is causing the Hispanic culture to fade; government, rent controllers, and whoever else is in control of property pricing is whom we should be confronting. What can we do to control the rise of property cost in the Mission District?

Mayor Ed Lee believes in allowing population corporations into the city of San Francisco, taxing them, and in the long run, help renovate and build affordable homes. Others think we should slow down the renovation before we don’t have enough space for those future plans, and just not allow these corporations to gentrify.


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