Not to go all gloomy on a day when it's finally not cold and the sun is out and San Francisco was just named the happiest city in America , (based on things like the number of shopping centers and cultural events ), but really: Let's not all jump up and down and celebrate. This is a very happy city for people who have money; it's becoming a very anxiety-filled city for everyone else.
I've gotten quite a few comments and emails from friends on our cover story this week , and most of them go something like this:
"Great story. Really scary. I hope they don't Ellis Act my building or I won't be able to stay here, either."
If you're a renter in San Francisco, and you've been here a while, and you're under rent control, chances are you're nervous about your future. Because if you get evicted, you're almost certainly leaving town. Maybe you can find a place in Oakland that's smaller than what you currently have at twice the price, or maybe you can't.
This is a city under immense pressure, and while the economically secure can happily go to shopping centers and see the Opera, I would say a majority of the current residents of San Francisco are more stressed about their future than they have been in years. And that doesn't seem to be addressed in the happiness calculus.