Gentrification in microcosm

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Here’s the beginning of an article titled “Longtime Residents Worry Roommate With Well-Paid Job Slowly Gentrifying Apartment”:

Noting that many areas are completely unrecognizable compared to when they first moved in years ago, residents of 1102 Larimer Street Apartment 2B told reporters Thursday they’ve begun to worry their well-paid roommate is slowly gentrifying the apartment. “I don’t hold anything against Mark personally for having a good job, but as soon as he moved in, the framed pictures started going up, and this place has lost a lot of its original character,” longtime roommate John Wertz said of the new arched floor lamp, Whole Foods groceries in the pantry, and a potted succulent plant that have slowly replaced the apartment’s longtime furnishings and steadily reshaped the space’s look.

Read on for the startling conclusion.

Want your own 1-bedroom but can’t afford it? Check out this 1-badroom!

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[via Mackenzie]

Tiny little busted-ass shack for sale in San Francisco for $350,000

Here’s what the listing says:

Two Bedrooms Fixer located in the Outer Mission. Distinguished home in need of work.

“Outer Mission”:

[via Ticklefight]

[Map by Google Maps]

San Francisco to close at end of June

The Onion reports:

SAN FRANCISCO—Saying that staying in its current location was no longer feasible, sources across San Francisco confirmed Thursday that the popular Northern California city would be shutting its doors at the end of the month due to rising rent.

Residents and business owners of the iconic West Coast metropolis, which has occupied the same peninsula for generations, told reporters that spiraling costs had reached such a level that remaining in its 47-square-mile waterfront space was simply beyond its means.

Read on for more.

[Photo by Allie]

I guess they seriously want to raze an entire block (at 19th and Bryant) to make room for condos

In the comments section of our Facebook post about the blog “Man Lines”, neighbor Spike K. posted the above photo and the following:

the next fight, and without the moratorium its crucial to come and protest: on June 18th, the planning commission will hear the developers request for a demolition permit to raze the entire block of Bryant st, between 18th and 19th st, the former Cell Space, Tortilla Flats, the A.C.T. prop and scene shop losing 50 union jobs, the auto repair shop that’s been there for decades, losing 9 blue collar jobs, and a local landscaping firm. come to the mtg 6/18 at 12 noon at city hall, room 400, and say no to this request to destroy our neighborhood and put up 200+ luxury homes.

Bartlett Street progress report

Remember when they first started talking about this possibility way back in 2012? Now we’re nearly there!

[via Urban Life Signs]

Valet parking for an open house event last night on Bryant Street

To be clear:

  1. This happened last night
  2. This is on Bryant between 21st and 22nd, in the heart of the Mission
  3. This is an open house, where a real estate agent shows the house to potential buyers
  4. There is a team of valet parking attendants out front, ready to park your BMW for you so you don’t have to

(Thanks to our neighbor Marc A. for the photos and reporting.)

A little part of Valencia goes to the Tenderloin

826 Valencia, to be precise. SF Weekly reports:

When a real estate broker told Tenderloin landlord Paul Boschetti that a nonprofit was interested in leasing his 172 Golden Gate Avenue property, he told the San Francisco Chronicle Thursday, Boschetti said, “No way. I’ve had it up to here with nonprofits.” But the landlord had a change of heart when he visited the original 826 Valencia. “When I saw what they were doing for the young people of the neighborhood, how much fun the kids were having, I immediately changed my mind,” Boschetti told the Chron. “If I was a kid I would like this kind of stuff myself.”

Aww. Read on for more of the story.

Taking the fight inside City Hall

A mob of our neighbors is inside City Hall right now trying to convince Mayor Lee that evictions are wrong.

Kudos, neighbors! Follow along at #MissionTakesCityHall

[Photos by Plaza 16 Coalition and The COH]

Holy cow did you know the Concourse Exhibition Center is fucking GONE?

It was there a minute ago!

Here’s what this view used to look like:

I was speculating with Luke Spray of Roll Over Easy last night as to what will probably be erected in its place. We’re thinking probably affordable housing and some kind of organic farm, probably.

Here’s what the main entrance looked like:

Now it is a pit.

I saw the Strokes there once.