Gentrification is ________.
As part of KQED's Priced Out series, Forum spoke to local writers and activists about what gentrification looks like in the Bay Area. Forum's online community weighed in as well, completing the sentence: Gentrification is __________." You can listen to the show here: http://bit.ly/1ja8pHK.
- Gentrification is being a native born San Francisco Chicana and in one night attending a vibrant play at the Brava Theater then dancing at Little Baobab surrounded by white techies and feeling like they are thrilled to be experiencing diversity but will not contribute in any way to the arts and music culture of our neighborhoods.
- As a visual artist living in SF my biggest issue with the tech fueled gentrification is that there is little to no support for what I do among the techies. I would be perfectly happy with all of the change if they simply supported what makes this city great but instead they seem to find no value in the arts in general. I will be moving my family to Alameda where the schools are better, the housing is more affordable and the people value culture.
- Frustrating. I move to Oakland in August to be apart of the "scene," get educated and do good. But I'm white. I come from a middle class family in Sonoma County. I want to be a teacher in the urban environment because they are real kids that deserve a real education. How can I do social just work and at the same time gentrify Oakland? I struggle with my privilege everyday.
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