San Francisco’s Controller released the city’s annual Street & Sidewalks Maintenance Standards last week. It covers the general state and upkeep of commercial and residential sidewalks, everything from graffiti to illegal dumping to human waste to needles.
Every map in this report highlights the northeastern quarter of the city, where a majority of the last decade’s gentrification has taken place. D6 and surrounding areas are tech’s playground and it’s no coincidence at all that those are the areas standing out most in every map. So many people in SOMA were barely hanging on before the Twitter tax break. Mid-Market hadn’t been a residential destination of choice for some time. It was a place for people out of choices and chances, attempting to stave off oblivion as long as possible. Once tech disrupted/decimated the services those vulnerable people relied on and forcibly removed them from what safe spaces they had, they literally had no one to turn to and nowhere else to go.
This is business as usual for tech. When it swarmed into SOMA, tech saw these vulnerable people as nothing but dust and cobwebs in a long-vacant building, inconveniences to be swept away to make way for tech’s splendor. As they did in SOMA, so have they done in every other neighborhood they’ve desired. The Mission, Potrero, the Fillmore, the Tenderloin and more. Move into long-neglected neighborhoods, evict and demolish, rebuild to please rich white techies and then take credit for “revitalizing” an area that had been purposely suppressed. And all those vulnerable people evicted and denied access to services? They’re violently herded from sight by police and private security, and used as livestock by the NPIC as reason for their relentless fundraising.
This report is an extension of much of this. A running tab of quality-of-life complaints made by privileged people who refuse to recognize anyone’s humanity but their own.