The idea that there is virtue in keeping the Tenderloin poor, grubby and under served has passed.
But it’s just too bad that he frames the debate around the benefits of gentrification, as the only possible alternative to the current stinky hot mess that is the Tenderloin. One commenter named jusher, though, echoes how many of us feel about the neighborhood (at least many of us who don’t live in the Lalaland of SF politics and nonprofits): that it’s possible, to clean up the TL without turning it into a place where the less fortunate cannot afford to live.
It would be great if Twitter moves there, but we need to make sure they can’t take the tax break and then bail when it expires. Of course, that is probably exactly what will happen.
Gentrification is just plain wrong. it is nothing more than people with lots of money abusing people with little or no money. The hatred of the poor that some have is appalling.
There are real problems in places like the Tenderloin. But they are not caused just by poverty. Instead of passing silly, and clearly hateful, laws like sit/lie, the police should be enforcing laws already on the books. Funny, but most drug dealers are not sitting or lying. They are walking around. The same is true for people looking to rob or mug.
Putting police on the streets, dealing with real crime, would make a big difference. It is entirely possible, and reasonable, to clear out the drugs and other bad behavior from places like the Tenderloin without turning them into places where the less fortunate cannot afford to live. Of course that is not how things work. By letting crime proliferate, you create an excuse for gentrification, and then the people who have been victims of crime become the victims of greed.
Why can’t we deal with bad behavior, like public drunkenness (including rich hipsters), public urination and defecation, etc.? Why do the only answers seem to be to actually come up with laws that target people for harmless behavior after years of ignoring actual problems?
For starters, how about more public toilets, less public drugs along with more and better cooperation between the police and the community?