Guardian event on Plan Bay Area

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There's going to be profound change in San Francisco over the next 25 years. If regional planners have their way, we're talking 280,000 more people -- and massive displacement of existing populations. Is that ok? What should we do about it? Is there any alternative, a better way to plan for growth?

I have no problem with increased density and population in San Francisco -- but only if we can first protect vulnerable communities. How does that happen? What tools does the city have, and how can they be used?

These aren't easy questions. Come help us talk about them and look for answers. The Guardian, along with the Council of Community Housing Organizations and Urban IDEA are holding a forum on Plan Bay Area June 12 at 6pm at the LGBT Center. It's free and open to all.

Among the panelists:

·        Tim Redmond, San Francisco Bay Guardian

·        Mike Casey, Unite HERE Local 2

·        Cindy Wu, San Francisco Planning Commissioner

·        Maria Zamudio, Causa Justa: Just Cause

·        Antonio Diaz, People Organizing to Defend our Economic Rights (PODER)

·        Bob Allen, Urban Habitat

·        Gen Fujioka, Chinatown Community Development Center

·        Peter Cohen, Council of Community Housing Organizations

·        Rachel Brahinsky, University of San Francisco

More information here.

See you there.

Comments

"I disagree with the statements commonly posted on this blog that people who have lived here for years and are now priced/evicted out should just move somewhere else. Cities are communities; people build lives around those communities. That's more important than feeding every whim of hyper-capitalism."

Well said. You can't put a price on the importance of community.

Posted by Lira on May. 29, 2013 @ 1:45 pm

Suppose you lived in Aspen where every home costs more than a million. Would you seriously, credibly and reasonably expect to be able to stay there is you make minimum wage?

Of course not.

Posted by Anon on May. 29, 2013 @ 3:42 pm

How do you know Lira makes minimum wage? And don't you ever get tired of making the same ridiculous argument over and over, day after day? Lira, don't respond, it's just more troll bait.

Posted by Guest on May. 29, 2013 @ 3:58 pm

Or care?

If she makes 10 bucks an hour then she should probably live somewhere where that makes it.

Posted by Guest on May. 29, 2013 @ 5:26 pm

You are obsessed with it.

Posted by Hortencia on May. 29, 2013 @ 5:15 pm

My point is more that people on minimum wage cannot reasonable expect to live in expensive places.

I have this strange, whacky theory that that is part of why people like to have money.

You know? So they can live somewhere better than what most folks can afford.

Posted by Guest on May. 29, 2013 @ 5:27 pm

Why not make nice places accessible to people regardless of how much money they have?

Posted by Hortencia on May. 29, 2013 @ 5:40 pm

have nicer things, and be in nicer places.

Posted by Guest on May. 29, 2013 @ 5:53 pm

Anon, you have no concept of roots, home, or community. We get it. It's every man for himself in your Randian world view. Give it a rest.

Posted by Hortencia on May. 29, 2013 @ 5:26 pm

It just happens to be different from yours.

The question here is which model will SF take after and, I am guessing, it is his not yours.

Posted by Guest on May. 29, 2013 @ 5:51 pm

...says that only rich people are worth anything and that everyone is a leech who should leave the community or, preferably, drop dead?

Posted by Hortencia on May. 29, 2013 @ 6:18 pm

So it's really not a problem.

Posted by Guest on May. 29, 2013 @ 6:41 pm

≖ We have about a dozen groups dedicated to transportation and land use in the area, but not one person on the panel specializes in that. Do the organizers think it's somehow irrelevant?

The default approach is to accommodate as many cars as possible, at the expense of human living space, but I guess that's nothing to worry about. There's all the room in the world, right?

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