You want scary? We've got an eviction map

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You want to see something frightening on a lovely afternoon? Check out this amazing interactive map of Ellis Act evictions in San Francisco put together by Brian Whitty.

It's stunning: Between 1997 and 2013, it seems as if most of the Mission, Noe Valley, North Beach, the Marina, and Potrero Hill was evicted. Hundreds and hundreds of apartments turned into TICs, which now want to convert to condos. Hundreds and hundreds of tenants, who once had rent-controlled apartments, losing their homes -- and given the price of housing, losing their ability to live in San Francisco.

Each little red flag is a human tragedy. Each one represents a transforming city that no longer has room for the middle class, much less poor people. It makes we want to cry. Or throw up. Or something.

Comments

The law says, the landlord has the right to get out of rental business. I would think, that would be fair. People don't buy rental property to be charitable. And any person who thinks, their apartment building landlord, is there to support the tenant, is missing a huge gray area between his ears.
When you are a tenant, you are a tool for income, and when the alternative to rental income surpasses it, the landlord will take the alternative. As he has the right to.
Though I am a moderate politically, I do believe that too much social goodwill, has screwed the middle class in this country.
I mean honestly, do you expect to live in best areas of SF, in rent-control, for pittance. Yes, you can get away with it, for a while, but eventually the value of the land, far surpasses the value of the income from the apartments.
This article is basically social bitching, about what is normal flow of ANY economy. Land being one of them least abundant commodities these days.

Posted by Bruce Hojati - Realtor on Aug. 03, 2013 @ 2:01 pm

Most of the comments on the article are laughable. Those paying less than 'market' rent and fighting to keep it that way should be ashamed. If you don't own your home then you have no right to dictate how much you should pay. If you want control, then buy something. If you cant afford it then move. Its very simple. Externalities like rent control create inefficiencies in our market place and drag us all down. If you want to be able to afford a place in San Francisco, then work harder, get a better education and take some personal responsibility. Quit looking for a free ride and the easy way out. Quit being lazy and reach your potential. I live in San Francisco and I do NOT own any property. I struggle to live here as a lot of people do, but I stand on my own two feet and I pay what I need to pay to live in this beautiful city.

I hope this resonates with a few people. It is those people that will make this country great again!

Posted by Guest on Aug. 06, 2013 @ 8:41 pm

I think people who were born and grow up in a geographical community have a right to not be displaced by what is rampant profiteering and out of confrol capitalism when even the professional class that is not serving the rich, like clinical psychologists serving the community or public defenders cannot buy a modest home in SF. This city is out of control with the pricing everyone but the 250,000$ per yr. salary out of the market.This is bullshit and Mouse and that other asshole Guest wont cop to. Theyre obviously defending their excess of entitlement based on the side theyre on. If either were renters theyd cry shriily for entitlements from.that side of the coin. I agree that deep pocket investors and more commercial entities need to be barred from buying and flipping, but that shouldnt stop the person who was both lucky and indusrious enough to buy a houseor two from selling and moving up the salmon ladder to greater prosperity according to the mostly myth of the American dream now. Again this is a devisive issue in which we're fighting amongst ourselves like rivalrous siblings in a severly dysfunctional family, while huge business interests get all the money, pay few taxes if any and own almost everything. We all need to unite in our economic interests against a system that enables so few to advantage and own, over the many. The middle class is totally being destroyed as we speak. if you look around SF these days, honestly I scarcely recognize anyone I would think was actually from here or living anywhere near the true spirit of the freedom of expression, avant garde city that has always been more enlightened and tolerant than anywhere else in a country that is filled with bigots and haters. Everyone has come here for a better, freer life, but now it is just Googles boarding house and playpen, not to mention the very recent influx of hide in plain sight federal govt. folks everywhere, esp last ten days. This all ramped up to this new invasian, after the Boston bombings. I have lived here a long time and know this city and its people like the veins in my hand. The just mass influx and change in the people almost over night is screamingly obvious. Its presence has changed the entire feeling of this city to aggression and vague lawlessness - especially since it quite appears to me that SFPD has largely stepped aside, surrenduring their legitimate authority to the Feds everywhere. Duh! They are all driving around in unmarked dark vehicles w highly tinted windows talking on cell phones all of the time now. Last I checked it was illegal and scarcely anyone dared due to ticketing. But no one is paying attention and ever listens when theyre not clobbered over the head with unpleasantries, so I babble to myself once again. But anyone who reads this, soon you'll know. The paradigm shift has already happened but yet unannounced. It has been chronicled here in this teeny corner of public forum 8/20/13

Posted by Guest on Aug. 20, 2013 @ 10:26 pm

Just move to oaktown 357

Posted by Guest on Sep. 11, 2013 @ 6:20 pm

So San Francisco is moving toward being owner occupied? How awful for our schools and neighborhoods that might now be cleaned up by stakeholders. Boo friggin hoo.

Posted by Guest on Oct. 20, 2013 @ 10:15 pm