Watch Al Jazeera America’s report on gentrification in the Mission


(Thanks, Allie!)

29 Responses to “Watch Al Jazeera America’s report on gentrification in the Mission”

  1. scum says:

    Thank you for this, just shared on fb.

  2. ed says:

    nice link to the original content.

    I thought you high tech people would understand copyrights.

  3. JohnnyL says:

    … its just a matter of time. c’mon now

  4. tom says:

    it’s a very nice gesture. it must be great to inherit such prime real estate with very low property tax and probably no mortgage.

    • Martha Sanchez says:

      What are you insinuating?

    • En-Chu Lao says:

      You mean, such as my landlord who inherited a vast amount of San Francisco, South San Francisco, and Berkeley real estate? The landlord who is tighter than a gnat’s ass even though all that property fell into his lap and he’s taxed at a 1970s rate, and the law allows him to pass capital improvements on to his tenants (fine – OK ) and deduct those “improvements” from his taxes?
      And no, none of the properties are mortgaged; and yes, he looks like he’s homeless.
      So, unless the money is going up his nose, I don’t know where’s it’s going. He’s no spring chicken either.

      • Valenchia says:

        So basically you think because he inherited the property that you shouldn’t pay him anything to rent it. How does that make sense?

        Oh and your complaint that he is allowed to pass along costs and deduct them is also absurd. That is what all businesses do.

        You sound very entitled — please explain why someone else should be providing an apartment to you.

        • En-Chu Lao says:

          In lieu of taking a remedial reading course, reread my comment and point out, exactly, where I claimed that I “shouldn’t pay him anything to rent it.”?

        • Jason w says:

          And the law about passing on the costs of capital improvements to tenants while also being able to take a tax deduction on the same improvements should be changed.

  5. heyballsack says:

    In before someone tries to compare the white flight of the 60s and 70s to the Hispanic population being pushed out today.

    • gabriel says:

      Gentrification is the result of predominantly white young adults leveraging the educational and material advantages of growing up in the suburbs to displace the minority families who established communities in urban centers depleted by white flight.

      It’s not really a comparison when you’re talking about the same historical process. Casting Baby Boomers as racist for abandoning neighborhoods with minorities in them doesn’t mean we’re not still profiting from their racism. And the fact we’ve cashed out by carving white neighborhoods into predominantly minority communities is not a fact to be cavalier or sanguine about.

  6. interesting says:

    interesting how they say “tech money” and then pan to a shot of Mission Local… Very Clever Al Jazeera.

  7. Bryan says:

    Taqueria Vallarta is doing really well on 24th St. What is their secret? Can Casa Sanchez emulate their success?

  8. dude says:

    heh. casa sanchez. THE WORST FREAKING TAQUERIA in the mission.
    loose watery burritos filled with shitty lettuce.
    the last one i had was two years ago, maybe things have changed.
    trust me, I am scared and angry about the changing mission, but I find it funny that Sanchez is the focus in this piece. We’re we talking about Vallarta, Faralito, or guadalajara then we would have a major issue.

    Hey, if Sanchez were to close what would happen to the tattoo owners/holders? (if you know what I mean……)

    • Herr Doktor Professor Deth Vegetable says:

      Naw, it’s not bad. Not the best taqueria, certainly, but not bad, either.

    • Martha Sanchez says:

      Dude in some ways your’e right. The food sucked… sometimes. We were only open so my 83 year old mom didn’t have to stay at home. We didn’t give a shit if people like you came in or not.
      People got tattoes on their own. We insisted they eat for free because we were flattered. They will always be an extended family to us.
      Once our mom passed, at the restaurant, we decided to rent it to the “La Posta” family who made awesome food for 35 years on 24th St before they were evicted via a condo conversion.
      I guess I should have rented it to a 5 star chef so as not to upset Dude.
      So, Dude, If it makes you feel better to talk shit why don’t you stop by tomorrow. I’ll be there in person.
      I can explain to you the difference between an article about gentrifications and a restaurant review.

      • heyballsack says:

        Martha is awesome.

        • Reg says:

          The tenant business will need active and continuous support from the community to survive. I can’t believe how many of the “adored” neighborhood businesses struggle to stay afloat, while those said to be “ruining” the neighborhood make money hand over fist.

      • dave says:

        You’re awesome. I used to live right near Casa sanchez off 24th street and always wanted to get the tattoo. It was also cool how you guys gave free drinks to the skateboarders who came in once potrero park opened. Good luck with all your future endeavors!

  9. np says:

    i guess someone should also mention that sanchez hosts live music, just like their old neighbors jack’s and that old skate shop right across potrero sometimes useta

  10. Jojo says:

    What nobody seems to mention is that this process of gentrification actually began several decades ago, as trust fund kids found their way to the “City of Free Love” to eat cheap burritos, slack in the Mission,live off the city’s resources and generally be freaks, much to the working class natives’ dismay. It’s ironic that these transplants bitch the loudest about the “loss of SF’s unique character”…the same character they forced upon the city. Personally, I like that character myself, but let’s call a spade a spade here.

    That said, the rate of growth and change taking place in SF right now is very unsettling, and there is no question it is taking a toll on long term residents.

  11. El Dedo says:

    The Muwekma Ohlone are all pointing and giggling at this collective panty-twist you people call ‘Gentrification’.

  12. geronimo;sitting bull;and crazy horse had a lot to say about gentrification