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By Rebecca Solnit, London Review of Books Vol. 35 No. 3 · 7, February 2013
Tech has brought very young, very rich people to the Bay Area like never before. And the changes to our cultural and economic landscape aren't necessarily for the better.
By Ellen Cushing, East Bay Express, March 20, 2013
By Guillermo Gómez-Peña, tirado/thrown tumblr, San Francisco, September 2013
original posting,
“San Francisco values,” remember those? This was the place where anyone could come to live out their alternative dreams, where artists and visionaries filled the cafes, a sanctuary city where outsiders and subversives could find refuge. This was a city where subversion, creativity and irreverence were not only “tolerated” but celebrated, where the politics were far to the left of everyplace else in the US, and where the downtown people had their downtown lives and the rest of us didn’t pay much attention to them. But this is the new San Francisco, a city that’s been sold to the seven most powerful internet corporations, and now you’ve become collateral damage, just some nuisance to be pushed out of the way by yet another greedy landlord marching along to the triumphant fanfares of the not-so-virtual takeover of our city. 
By Bryan Goebel, KQED News, October 4, 2013
By Christian L. Frock, KQED Arts, Oct 05, 2013
But what is Levi's investment in the arts about exactly? Why the sudden interest in public art and entertainment? The answers became clearer as the night wore on, but the initial scene in Oakland was a snapshot of everything that is wrong in the Bay Area right now: big money comes in and, for entertainment, co-opts the creative class while it displaces longstanding communities.
By [Ben Davis], Slate, October 15, 2013
By Erica Goode and Claire Cain Miler, New York Times, November 24, 2013
By Richard Gonzales, NPR December 03, 2013
By Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez, San Francisco Bay Guardian,12.09.13
By David Taylor, Medium, Updated December 11, 2013
By Allison Arieff, New York Times, December 13, 2013
By Jim Edwards, Business Insider, December 15, 2013
by Dorothy Santos, Hyperallergic, December 19, 2013
The discussion was supposed to relate to the ongoing talks in San Francisco regarding art, technology, and gentrification, but this didn’t quite pan out; the marginalized communities that were barely discussed that evening were the same people that were not a part of the discussion. The very few people of color present at the event, which is a part of a larger and more complex conversation, was indicative of the lack of diversity in the ongoing dialogue as well.
A response to Grist: It's not about the buses, or, why San Franciscans don't love Silicon Valley.
By Rebecca Solnit, Guernica, January 7, 2014




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