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The supersizing of Soma

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Massive Fifth and Mission project could lead to massive displacement. Does the Chronicle remember the I-Hotel? 

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By Tony Robles

SEPTEMBER 2, 2015 — August 4th marked the 38th anniversary of the eviction of elder tenants from the International Hotel.  That event changed the landscape of the city’s policies towards tenants, who make up the majority in San Francisco.

Fast forward to 2015.  SF has drunk from the bottle of milk of amnesia.
The calls for housing justice have fallen on deaf ears. Our mayor, who
prides himself on having been a part of the I-Hotel struggle—highlighting his time as a tenant lawyer—has clearly morphed into what he detested those many years ago when Manilatown fought for its survival.

Mayor Lee has tried to sneak an ordinance through the back door that
would fast track approval of the 5M project at 5th and Mission. The
massive luxury office and condo towers that the developers, Forest City,
wants to build will surely cause more displacement, gentrification, and
evictions in San Francisco’s Filipino community now in the South of
Market and the other low income residents in the nearby SROs, senior, and
rent-controlled housing.

The ordinances come without public discourse, but private discourse, to be facilitated in a bubble free of scrutiny and critique. Oh, the pay-to-play advantages one gets with the qualification of being called a developer.

Politicians like to invoke the name of the I-Hotel at community events and in speeches—as if uttering the name absolves them of their complicity in the city’s current housing crisis.  Meanwhile, seniors and, the disabled, and families live in a state of fear of being evicted, just as they did during the I-Hotel fight.

Those who remember the early morning of August 4, 1977 cannot forget the
images of 3,000 supporters locking arms, surrounding the hotel, defying the sheriffs, police, city so-called fathers, planners, developers—in short, the mechanisms in place that would extricate seniors from their homes with no alternative housing.  The eviction of elders from the I-Hotel is a wound that many still feel, a hurt that many remember these many years later.  My late uncle, poet Al Robles, tenant leader Emil DeGuzman, the late Bill Sorro, students and artists of many backgrounds refused to forget the elders who were evicted because their lives, histories and unheard narratives were the undercurrent of a Filipino community that endured much hardship in America but was resilient
enough—as elders who had survived—to fight back the developer, the real
estate interests, the politicians, all intent on wiping them from the
city’s memory.

The Filipino community is once again facing encroachment of its
community—this time in Soma by a developer, Forest City, facilitated
by the mayor and the Planning Department.  Forest City wants to carve into the
heart of the neighborhood— a four-acre acre site on 5th and Mission where
the Chronicle building stands, bordered by Howard and Mary Streets.

The Hearst Corporation owns the land that 5M is being developed on, and the
Chronicle folks who recently produced a video piece, “This Forgotten Day in San Francisco History. It comes full circle.

The Chronicle piece was short, hosted and narrated by Michael Callahan.
The piece showed iconic images of the I-Hotel eviction and background
about the struggle—who lived there and why people were fighting against
its demolition.  While the attention given to the I-Hotel struggle in
the media is appreciated, the Chronicle piece—as polished and
technically well-produced as it was—came across as a sort of TMZ feel-good techie-tinged travelogue through time and space.

Firstly the title “This Forgotten Day in San Francisco History” is
misapplied when applied to the I-Hotel struggle.  My question is who
forgot?  As president of the Manilatown Heritage Foundation—whose
mission is to preserve the legacy of the I-Hotel—I come into contact
with people who remember the I-Hotel evictions and the profound impact
it had on them.

For many, it’s a difficult subject to breach. People all over the country contact us, asking questions and wanting to access our archive for personal and academic research. Young people who were not born at the time of the evictions have been inspired by the I-Hotel story—many by having seen Curtis Choy’s timeless documentary, “Fall of the I-Hotel—and have become activists, teachers, cultural
workers, fighting for social justice. There are certainly many thousands
of people across the country—and worldwide — who remember the I-Hotel
struggle and the evictions and the tenants.

The community didn’t let it fade after the demolition, as the site sat as a hole in the ground with memories of that struggle planted deep in the ground.  It was finally
rebuilt thanks to the community not forgetting—102 units of senior housing at the corner of Kearny and Jackson.

Just like the I-Hotel, the 5M Project will demolish a low-income
community. The 5M project is an attempt by the developer to “Supersize
Soma” by constructing a 470-foot tower with 400 market-rate (aka rich
people) condos, a 395- and 350-foot towers with 600,000 square feet of office
space, along with a 200-foot tower with 230 market-rate and 58 affordable units.
The height and density limits that would preclude such a project would
be circumvented by spot zoning and special carve-outs that would allow
the developer to build despite zoning regulations and construct these buildings
that are totally out of scale with the rest of Soma, both physically and
in character.  The towers that the developer plans to build will bring
big money to the investors, but the long term impacts on SOMA
residents—the Filipino community, families and working people—will be
increased land values and with it, eviction and gentrification.

Also, allowing a project of this magnitude in SOMA would set a precedent,
allowing other developers to follow suit, creating another financial
district. In the proposed 5M project, one site alone will have 85% of
the city’s annual office allocation.  Well-planned zoning restrictions
were put into place to prevent such a thing.

The proposed 5M development is dividing the community—which is part of
the plan.  Promises of community benefits are made—money and space for
artists, school programs and non-profits, open private public space
(Which is it, public or private?). But let’s remember, the developer cares about one thing—the developer—and the political operatives the developer hires are very shrewd and smart when they infiltrate a community they have their bulldozers set on—in this case, the land that the Chronicle owns.

SF Chronicle, do you remember the I-Hotel?

There are no guarantees that the community benefits will ever come to
fruition in the development agreement.  If the economy takes a downturn,
the developer will not be required to adhere to the community benefits.
The city is giving the developer a blank check, to write in what it
wants as far as zoning without regards to the integrity of the Central
Soma plan, the youth and family zone and the pending Filipino Heritage
District.

The mayor has forgotten the lessons learned from the I-Hotel
struggle—bending over forwards and backwards for developers , real
estate and tech interests whose only interest is insulated communities
that represent one class of people while excluding the rest.  The only
entities, it appears, whose concerns are heard are market rate real
estate developers, tech angel investors, the real estate industry and
all combinations thereof. Some affordable housing has been built in
the past decade, but more rent-controlled housing has been lost due to
evictions.  At its most extreme, people die as a result of evictions.

And when people start getting evicted and displaced, namely members of
the Filipino community, who is going to remember them — the developer?
When our community begins to disappear, who will remember them, the
folks that the developer has dispatched to sing corporate Kumbaya hymns
in the spaces that our elders, families and children gather?  Or will it
become just another forgotten day in San Francisco History?

Tim Redmond
Tim Redmond has been a political and investigative reporter in San Francisco for more than 30 years. He spent much of that time as executive editor of the Bay Guardian. He is the founder of 48hills.

129 COMMENTS

  1. This isn’t exactly a fair comparison. The I-Hotel was a low income building where all the tenants were being evicted. No one is being evicted by 5M. They’re just replacing under used buildings and empty parking lots. Additionally, the current plan is to create 212 new affordable units out of a total 680, provide park space, and arts space.

  2. More parking spaces off street in new large developments means more cars on street and more transit and traffic snarl , more cranky motorists and Muni operators and less safe cycling and walking.

  3. So you are opposed to building new housing because it might make it harder for you to find parking? Are you proud member of the Me Generation?

  4. Maybe you should figure out who you are responding to before making deluded allegations.

    Seems to me he is making you dance to his tune. And you cannot resist the bait.

  5. No, it’s simply a mixed-use development that will provide homes, jobs and opportunities for a wide mix of people, while adding to the city’s tax revenues.

    Why are you so spiteful?

  6. The choice of whether I’d rather see 48hills or the Chronicle is a distraction. Each outlet should be evaluated on the merits. The Chronicle supports the rampant redevelopment of the East Side and a conservative local government. Tim supports people who cut deals that allow for rampant redevelopment so long as they get their tithe. If what Tim’s friends were doing worked, then things would look a lot different today. But instead we see Tim’s friends adopting an “if we can’t beat ’em, join ’em” approach.

  7. Anyone who call this article “stupid” who call this issue “old” or the critique irrelevant shows which “side” they are clearly on. This project is another multi-million dollar move to push one of the last working class neighborhoods of SF into oblivion – while making way for rich people. For those of you who don’t believe the story do your homework on Forest City, this is not their first rodeo, they have done this many times before with the same result- the clearing out of neighborhoods for rich peoples convenience. Long Live the I-Hotel and the truth-tellers and God protect us children, mamaz, elders and folks from these Devil-opers

  8. But you respond to every one of his posts in a personal way, so that makes you a troll as well

    Just ignore the posts you do not like.

  9. Your position on this is well known sffoghorn, but I don’t know enough about what you allege to pass judgment. What I do know is that I would rather have 48 Hills available than not, because I can’t really trust the Chronicle.

    Also note, Redmond discloses his conflicts (union work etc.). Have you ever seen a disclosure like this in the Chronicle? It seems to me that some discussion of the parent company’s real estate interests would be relevant.

  10. 48 Hills fails when they reduce generalized outrage at political corruption that leads to land use violence against existing neighborhoods not to end that culture of corruption, rather to bolster the position of their nonprofity friends who are hip deep in that corruption.

    We all know the limits of working with the master’s tools.

  11. This is a very important point. The Chronicle has a point of view that sometimes (but not always) includes objective journalism. In this instance one has to wonder how the Hearst Corporation’s interest in property development is affecting editorial decisions at the Chronicle, including its support for Ed Lee and his development policies.

    You can fault 48 Hiills, but you know what the point of view is. Also, 48 Hills provides articles and perspectives that the Chronicle won’t touch. I wouldn’t rely on 48 Hills as my exclusive source of local news, but neither would I rely exclusively on the Chronicle, and at one time I did.

  12. I troll Tim on the substance and stay on subject. Trolls troll for sport and change the subject with disjoint, non-sequitur posts.

  13. And then he won’t help support a writer he otherwise claims to like because a third party makes comments. He’s clearly a classy dude.

  14. I want a pony ! Wait even better, I want one of those MILLION dollar units the city is building for subsidized slackers on S. Van Ness.

  15. You’re just jealous that Redmond made his million from his principles whereas you had to make it displacing Hispanics from the Mission as part of the white male tech worker gentrification of the Mission

  16. Hey, Jim, it had to happen eventually. I agree with you.

    When you get off your anti-car obsession, you can actually make some sense.

  17. Yeah, Gary hoped to get away with the claim that he wants a huge build of new homes nearly doubling the city’s population. Yet I can find no record of him EVER supporting a new development.

    It’s like he will support any new project as long as every little girl gets a pony.

  18. There was a time when Progressives dreamed of majority status and even held a majority on the Board of Supervisors. But as they have started to lose their grip on power, they chose the Tea Party strategy of energizing the base instead of trying to broaden their appeal.

    They decided that demonizing tech workers was a good way to mobilize supporters and this lead to the death threats, hateful graffiti, vandalizing of shuttle buses, damaging cars, etc. that alienated them from many sympathetic liberals and completely turned off a growing population of young people, both those who work in tech and millenials who are largely sympathetic to those who do.

    Now they have become radicalized and only spend their time in conversations with each other, so they falsely believe that they are a growing movement. I think November will lead to much wailing.

  19. What utter nonsense. Tim Redmond has become completely detached from reality. Building more housing reduces displacement. Not one person will lose their home because of this constructions and hundreds will get a place to live

  20. Which means you all are fixing to put the finishing touches on this year’s celebration the assassinations of Milk and Moscone!

  21. To be more specific, 48 Hills is nothing more than a propaganda organ for selected public sector unions and nonprofits with claims on the general fund.

  22. Maybe, but it looks like madhatters pegged you for a hypocrite and I fail to see how he’s wrong here. Maybe you two have a history, but you look like a hypocrite.

  23. I’ve supported MR housing and high rise developments, including some discussed here. And I never said that I was against this development. Someone asked a question about displacement and I answered it. Madhatter/Sam jumped to a preconceived conclusion, in his troll-like manner. I refuse to comply with his nonsense.

  24. Well, Madhatters fucking crushed you in that argument. No debate tactics needed. He’s right and you sound like a moron.

  25. And, while we’re being nostalgic about great popular movements supported by San Francisco progressives, the 37th anniversary of Jonestown is coming up!

  26. Why, I remember the International Hotel as if it were yesterday, along with most San Francisco progressives!

    And, while you’re at it, get off my lawn!

  27. This is one of the most untruthful pieces I have read in a long time. In one line the author states “The Hearst Corporation owns the land that 5M is being developed on” and in another states: “Just like the I-Hotel, the 5M Project will demolish a low-income community.” Obviously, that is not true, because it is being built on land owned by the Hearst Corporation. No one will be evicted. The author simply evokes an unpleasant event that took place 38 years ago to rattle progressive cages. There is no mention made of the 33% affordable housing and new parks for SOMA. This is a naked example of reactionism and NIMBYism that doesn’t have even a passing acquaintance with the truth. Tim Redmond, shame on you.

  28. You claim to want development but then oppose every new project that is discussed here. It is not a lie, nor uncivil, to point out the hypocrisy inherent in that contradiction.

  29. We cannot get to 1.5 million people without building tens of thousands of market-rate homes. I cannot recall you ever supporting new market-rate homes.

    While if the only kind of housing you support is BMR, then we’ll never get to 1.5 million because we can never afford to build that many BMR homes.

    Sorry but you just come across as a NIMBY.

    Tim is happy for me to post here so clearly he disagrees with your claim that disagreeing with someone is uncivil.

  30. Luckily the silent majority of voters agree with you, which is why Ed Lee is strolling to victory on a pro-developer platform.

    There is a noisy minority who want to preserve SF as some kind of theme park for sad losers, and they are all here.

  31. If you want more homes and jobs then you should support this project. You say one thing but do another.

    Tim believes in free speech and civility. You do not. I agree you should find another site to contribute to – ideally one that censors anyone who disagrees with the house view.

  32. Yes, my argument does make your position look absurd. But I don’t want to take any of the credit for that away from you.

  33. Anyone who thinks this article is anything other than incredibly, incredibly, stupid is basically pro-the-destruction-of-the-SF-middle-class, and unable to rationally view the outcomes of their desires.

    Developers are the only people who have the means and incentives to fix SF, and should be the friend of every San Franciscan. A progressive vision is 50k new units. Not an end to development. This article is conservatism and reactionism.

  34. As you know, I have consistently advocated for ‘growing’ San Francisco’s population to 1.5 million over a period of 20 years, implementing ‘smart growth’ methods that include robust planning and building/improving the infrastructure in each neighborhood before development in that neighborhood.

    Your implication that my ‘real agenda’ is to oppose any and all new development is a lie, a smear and typical of your behavior.

    You are the reason why I don’t give money to Tim for this blog. The day he gets rid of you, I start donating. And no it isn’t because we disagree. It is because you are a despicable person who uses high-school debate team tactics to incite, malign and worse and you disrupt thoughtful discourse.

  35. This is a helpful article for understanding what’s going on with the San Francisco progressive movement, and the old activists from the 60’s and 70’s: http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2015/07/the-death-of-the-hippies/397739/

    A little taste of it: “They just supported anything that was against the establishment. There was no intellectual foundation. The spirit everyone had talked about—the feeling of love and new age and progressive politics—was dying a miserable death.”

    And the sense you may get that today’s progressivism is all about grabbing and protecting their free and subsidized stuff on the backs of the working class:

    ” Drugs had stunted their emotional development, leaving them at the mercy of “their illusions, their unreason, their devil theories, their inexperience of life, and their failures of perception.” Instead of promoting brotherhood and equality, they’d taken over public spaces, picked all the flowers in Golden Gate Park, and refused to turn their music down to let their hardworking neighbors sleep. And as they begged for money and frequented free clinics, these children of the suburbs siphoned resources away from the
    urban locals who needed them most. “

  36. They do not have an argument. They have a blind ideology that says that nothing should ever be built because all change is bad.

    Sometimes it is a selfish motive, e.g. to protect the view from their balcony or, more likely, because it will devalue their property by providing competition.

    But mostly it is just a desire to preserve the city as some kind of theme park for their politically favored classes.

  37. A convenient speculation by those whose real agenda is to oppose any and all new development, and whose real agenda is the ossification of the city.

    New jobs and homes are opportunities, not evils. Your alleged concern is misguided.

  38. By that argument, we would never build anything anywhere, just in case at some later point some poor person in the vicinity gets displaced or inconvenienced by a process that even you cannot explain, but merely state as if it were gospel.

    If you oppose all new development on NIMBY principles, then just say so. We could certainly save a lot of money because, if we build nothing, we can abolish the Planning Department.

  39. Progressives have completely lost their shit.

    To compare this to the I-Hotel is just wrong. This is about replacing an office building with housing, not demolishing the home of low income seniors.

    Also, once again you see the fallback to NIMBY concerns like height and “character”

    “The height and density limits that would preclude such a project would

    be circumvented by spot zoning and special carve-outs that would allow

    the developer to build despite zoning regulations and construct these buildings

    that are totally out of scale with the rest of Soma, both physically and

    in character.

    I’m sorry, but what exactly is the character of SOMA that we’re trying to preserve here, and why should we care about height when people are just trying to find a place to live.

    Sure there’s only 58 affordable units in this development, but these do add up. In effect, progressives have successfully delayed if not stopped the development of affordable housing units in the name of preserving the views of white landowners.

  40. When all the services for the 33% are evicted via rent increases to make way for services for luxury condo inhabitants, the 33% will also disappear. It is a slow-burn displacement. Or should I say cleansing.

  41. The other 2/3 is luxury, the proximate office uses will cause people working there to seek to live closer to their jobs, the parking will snarl surface transit.

  42. The reason why the Guardian died was because Tim insisted on printing press releases for the same seven sources he quoted in every issue and that resonated increasingly poorly with the dwindling readership.

    They did not take the hint, they doubled down on stupid and were successful at taking down participatory progressive politics with them.

    Now they’re just going through through the motions, marking time, collecting grant money and pittances from those for whom the pimped for so long.

  43. 48 Hills is a journalism outlet. Of course.

    Just the other day 48 Hills published an obviously highly photoshopped image of the waterfront that was supplied to them by an advocacy group. The tops of surrounding buildings were literally whited out. Other buildings disappeared completely. None of this was noted by the “journalism outlet” 48 Hills. Their caption?

    “The 75 Howard building would be the tallest in its part of the waterfront. Image courtesy of Rincon Hill Neighbors Association”

    Really…you gotta work with us here…how can you call 48 Hills a “journalist outlet” and not expect us to laugh at you?

  44. Luxury housing combined with more office jobs adjacent to a moderate/low income residential neighborhood is a prescription for gentrification and displacement.

  45. I am the Director of Operations for United Playaz, and we are the lead organization for the SOMA Youth Collaborative which has been designed to bring SOMA nonprofits together to support our school, Bessie Carmichael K-8.

  46. How exactly do you see this particular project putting major pressure on housing that leads to evictions and displacement?

  47. That’s great to hear. I’m glad some people recognize the opportunities that exist to channel change into structures that benefit both newcomers and the existing communities.

    If I may ask, what organization do you represent?

  48. There is a planning commission hearing tomorrow and the 5M project will be heard around 3:30. As SF residents you have a voice and can show up to let the commission know what you think about this project. I encourage all that have voiced an opinion either for or against…speak up at City Hall.

  49. Let me just confirm that not all SOMA organizations are against change, mine has made the conscious effort to work with the change, with integrity, in preserving the community history as well as advocating the needs of our school, our rec center, our neighborhood nonprofits, and MOST important, the many families that have resided in SOMA for decades. I see a very opportune moment to be involved in the design of SOMA’s evolution that, as I said before, provides an added value to ALL… residents/business’/organizations.

  50. Nobody. I think the point is that someone in the SOMA might be displaced or evicted at some point in the future.

    It isn’t supposed to make sense.

  51. The Filipino community was displaced from what became the Financial District but was the fruit market during redevelopment in the 1960s and 70s. They relocated to SOMA between 5th and 8th, predominantly in the alleys, Jessie, Minna and Natoma, Tehama and Clementina, Russ etc.

    The entitlement of a major mixed use high rise adjacent to those predominantly Filipino residential enclaves will certainly put major pressure on that housing and will lead to evictions and displacement.

    The Chronicle is no longer a journalism outlet, similar to 48 Hills. Unlike 48 Hills, the Chronicle has transformed itself into a real estate concern. The Hearst Corporation uses its media to politically facilitate its own financial gain, rigging the approvals process.

  52. It’s the “Progressives against Progress” movement.

    Robles-the-Regressive and Redmond-the-Regressive have a much more pleasing cadence to them.

  53. Its a lot harder to be a cultural radical when weed is semi-legal and gay marriage is the law of the land. Now that those issues are basically off the table, progs don’t really stand for much other than opposing new housing.

  54. Yeah, agreed, I think the problem is that progressives have gone from being at the vanguard of ground-breaking social advances (1960’s and 1970’s, say) to almost total irrelevance today.

    Redmond et al are fighting rearguard actions trying to stop this development here, and that development there. But they are running defense. There is no ideological ambition that drives them. Their crowning achievement would be slightly slowing down the rate of gentrification. International socialism? A pipe dream.

    So of course they are angry and bitter and dishonest. They have been relegated to the role of minor irritants.

  55. At this point I am confounded on what exactly the fight is. Is it code compliant height restrictions? Is it shadow impact (minimal)? Is it wind impact (actually improved)? Or is it housing? One cannot fight for affordable housing and then fight the developers that are going above and beyond the city requirement (12%)to actually providing at 33%, simultaneously. There are a lot of gloss-overs in the article. Fast Tracked? Sneaked in Ordinance? This project has been publicly in development since 2008. There have been over 100 public meetings within the SOMA community since then, to which the activist groups have chosen not to attend. Initially, the project had 4 towers, after receiving feedback from the community about density, a tower was removed, and an additional housing site will be built 1 block away for affordable housing that is 30 & 50% AMI. The project is not displacing anyone. It is building on parking lots. The height is not compliant on ONE of the 3 towers. To compromise on the added height, the project is giving millions of dollars directly to the SOMA community to support Gene Friend Rec Center that needs this money for much needed renovation; to Bessie Carmichael Schools that desperately need the funding to purchase important things, like books for students (which they do not have) to support the move to common core curriculum as well as technology infrastructure and teacher supports, and to the nonprofit organizations in SOMA that administer after-school and summer programs for children and youth in SOMA, as well as very important Senior services at Mint Mall. To say that this ONE development has created division in the community is not the case. I have been working in the nonprofit world dedicated to SOMA since 1999 and division has always been present. I experience this division daily on so many different levels that are not even related to this project. There is definitely a NEED to create a Filipino Cultural Zone in SOMA to preserve the precious history of the SOMA Filipino Community that has thrived for decades, but to do that would require the participation of the activist organizations at the table, which they have not been willing to do. Cut off your nose to spite your face is the impression. All that is left is a fight, a fight that this article is grasping at in making comparison to the very intentional and dedicated activists that won the I-Hotel fight. The two are apples and oranges. I support the 5M project and the very thoughtful process Forest City has implemented in planning a development that will provide added value to SOMA and all it’s residents.

  56. There have been so many blatant falsehoods and obvious
    misrepresentations on 48Hills lately that one has to ask if Tim
    is losing it, or if he has always been such a hack. Progressives deserve
    a better standard-bearer than this.

    It’s weird how progressives are stuck in the 1980s. It was a different time in every way. I-Hotel, “Trickle Down,” etc etc. It shows how irrelevant they have become. They hate it when people say progressives are NIMBYs, but there’s not a single market-rate housing initiative that progs can’t come up with a reason to oppose. They deserve their reputation.

  57. Tim just printed a blatantly photoshopped view of 75 Howard given to him by an advocate against the project.

    Do you really think that Tim Redmond consiiders falsehoods told in support of progressive aims to be lies? More like he considers them to be tools.

  58. Poignant that this piece comes right after Tim’s whinefest about the “lies” of the Richmond rent control ballot measure. Yet when Robles lies, Redmond not only gives him a pass, he gives him a soapbox.

  59. The attempt to play the I-Hotel card is completely bogus. The I-Hotel incident directly caused the displacement of older citizens of limited means who had no good place to go.

    The number of people displaced by the M-Project? Zero. Sorry.

    Are there people living in that important downtown area who might face displacement efforts in the future? Quite possibly, but if that happens we can deal with it then. Should we leave the area exactly as it is now because change MIGHT create some dislpacement pressure down the road?

    The progressive playbook is really transparent and sophomoric. Is someone building on the waterfront? Call it a “Wall” and liken it to the Embarcadero Freeway (that page is currently being used against 75 Howard).

    Could a development change the character of a neighborhod? Liken it to the I-Hotel.

    The best thing that progressives can do to boost their credibility is to stop saying incredibly stupid things.

  60. Massive displacement? WTF? You claim that this new high-rise building will displace people. But it provides a huge net gain in homes, including over 50 BMR’s. so we will end up with more residents as a result, not less.

    The city has moved on, Lee has moved on, and you are hopelessly stuck in the past tilting at windmills and trying to turn back the clock. As Snaps notes above, your rear-view mirror dinosaur vision won’t confer any relevance onto you.

  61. The I-Hotel is as remote to most San Franciscans as the presidency of Jimmy Carter. When are progressives going to get it through their skulls that emotional appeals to the social justice memories of the golden days of yore are completely ineffectual amongst anyone younger than 50?

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