Thursday, October 30, 2014

"Evicted from the city as a whole"

San Francisco is the extreme example, but the rent is too damn high in cities all over the country. In the it cities of the sort that New Orleans strives to be included with, this sort of thing is going to continue happening to people.
According to the San Francisco Rent Board’s annual report on evictions, 1,977 eviction notices were filed this year, a 417% increase from 2012. The highest they've been since the first tech boom hit the Bay Area in 2001. 

“Unlike in years past, if a tenant is evicted from their home today in San Francisco, they are more than likely going to be evicted from the city as a whole,” said Erin McElroy, a housing rights advocate and founder of the Anti-Eviction Mapping Project.
Every time you flip open your NOLA.com and see yet another "Entrepreneur Week" or "Tech Week" or "Tech Entrepreneur Week" happening remember the aspiration is to emulate what's happening in San Francisco.  The urban development policy here, really since Katrina, has been to build nice things for rich people and kick everyone else out.

I don't know why anybody would want to live in a city homogeneously populated by wealthy tech bros but that does seem to be the goal. 

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