Heads up: We're making Readup free for life to the first 10k users.8,420 spots remaining!
logo
  1. Social media powered by reading.

    The best way to find, read and share articles online.

    App Store Badge
    harpers.org | 12/1/19 | 45 min
    13 reads11 comments
    9.4
    harpers.org
    13 reads
    9.4
    PadlockYou must read the article before you can post or reply.
    • joanne1 month ago

      Wow .. so much to unpack in this article for me. I have family who have lived in the Bay Area for decades, in a shed in a community garden for more than a year, in artist lofts and who bought a house in Oakland. The ramifications of gentrification are so devastating and, for me this was a very small lense into what is going on.

    • Abarlet1 month ago

      A story of a ghetto life as the norm. People in search of Utopia and accept squalor as a way of life. It’s the Gold Rush all over again.

    • jbuchana
      Top reader this weekReading streakScoutScribe
      1 month ago

      Great article. My wife and I visited San Francisco about two years ago. We loved it as a vacation spot, it was friendly and enjoyable. Beautiful too. We talked to a lot of locals, mostly people working in shops and restaurants. They liked the city, but many complained about barely being able to afford to live there, the city they were born and had lived their lives in. Now it had become too expensive, and many said they were considering moving elsewhere. Sad. We're lucky enough to live in a city (Kokomo IN) that has won awards for being one of the least expensive cities to live in, at least of cities where jobs are available. We have a nice 2000 sq foot home in an older, but nice, neighborhood for less than $100K, and if you can't afford that, there are a lot of less expensive options that are way better than a shack. It makes it hard to understand what it's like to live in a gentrified city.

      • Alexa
        ScoutScribe
        1 month ago

        I went to middle school in Kokomo, it's a darling place. How cool!

        • jbuchana
          Top reader this weekReading streakScoutScribe
          1 month ago

          The web is a small place!

    • Alexa
      ScoutScribe
      1 month ago

      Really good read. It's troubling, and I know SO many people going through this or who have gone through it. For most of my friends in SF, and even LA, the ones who thrive have grown up there. The underground network of artists & creatives supporting each other is the only thing that makes it even vaguely possible.

      It's only gotten worse since GhostShip burned too. Many friends with legit warehouses (not housing squats) got kicked out, no landlord would take the risk with artists anymore. What a spooky world.

    • kicksnare1 month ago

      So sad and so good.

    • turtlebubble
      Scout
      1 month ago

      Such a good read

    • bill
      Top reader of all timeScoutScribe
      2 months ago

      I have thought about this multiple times per day every day since reading it. Required reading for anybody with any connection to SF or Oakland.

      • casst0wn1 month ago

        Loved it. Read it a few weeks ago as well and wanted to send it to you because it touches on everything relevant, not just about the Bay Area.

        • bill
          Top reader of all timeScoutScribe
          1 month ago

          Yes!! Cass, omg, you’re really in my head! I was just thinking, “I really wish someone else would read Gimme Shelter so it can bump back up on Readup.” Rock and roll. This is a true 10.