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SF: Local's Corner restaurant smashed
by BSC
Thursday Jan 2nd, 2014 10:54 AM
Just over a month ago, Sandra Cuadra was alive. Now she is dead, Sandra is dead, and the restaurant that refused her and her family, told her to leave the property, humiliated her and her loved ones, that restaurant, Local's Corner had its windows smashed out in the last hours of the first day of 2014. We hope the owner feels a bit of the humiliation he inflicted on Sandra and her family.

While everyone is fighting against Google, Facebook and the like, we should never forget the local struggle, the micro struggle, the everyday travesties that constelate the gentrified landscape of San Francisco and beyond. A strong kernel of racism thrives in the new, gentrifying, mostly white-owned small businesses. The struggle is local and global, and we must fight on both fronts. This just started, keep it up everyone!

La Lucha Sigue!

-Brigada Sandra Cuadra



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Mission BART development could spark political fireworks

A 400,000 square foot development would replace retail at BART station.

J.K. Dineen
San Francisco Business Times
Oct. 24, 2013

(Please note that Gabriel Metcaff, referred to below, is a despicable pro-gentrification piece of garbage)

The potential redevelopment of a 57,000-square-foot lot atop the BART station at 16th and Mission has the potential to be a ferocious land use battle, pitting anti-gentrification forces against urbanists who argue that, if anything, the proposed 10-story building is too modest.

Maximus Real Estate Partners has filed an application to build 351 housing units and 32,000 square feet of retail on the northeast corner of 16th and Mission streets. The development would transform a bustling transportation hub that has been plagued by drug dealing and violent crime, including a murder last week.

The proposed project is consistent with the eastern neighborhoods rezoning that was passed a few years ago. The plan calls for a 105-foot mid-rise fronting Mission and 16th streets and 55-foot structures along the more residential Capp Street. The proposal calls for generous 14-foot glass store fronts that would wrap around the BART plaza and continue along Mission and 16th. In contrast, the group says the blank facades currently ringing the BART Plaza on Mission and Capp streets represent “a significant contributing factor to the high crime rate at the intersection.”

“The retail spaces will feature welcoming high ceilings and a large expanse of display glass to spark pedestrian interest and provide a safe and engaging revitalization of the BART plaza,” the proposal states.

The strong push to make the BART plaza safer for residents and workers will be balanced against the fear that the Mission is gentrifying so fast that it’s losing the creative, Latino-dominated culture that makes it so appealing in the first place.

“There is understandably a lot of freaking out right now about evictions and gentrification,” said Tim Colen, executive director of the Housing Action Coalition. “There is going to be a strong narrative that will probably say this project is going to displace poor Latino families who are just barely hanging on in the city.”

Gabriel Metcalf, executive director of the urban think tank SPUR, called the development an “extraordinary opportunity.”

“I am really glad somebody is finally coming forward with a development proposal,” said Metcalf. “In a location like that, it’s important to make sure it is really well designed and to make sure we max out the density.”

Metcalf argued that the Eastern Neighborhood plan could have been more aggressive at both the 16th Street and 24th Street BART stations.

“The eastern neighborhood plan got the BART zoning wrong and missed the opportunity to add density on top of the most important regional transportation systems on the west coast,” he said.

But not everyone is thrilled with the scheme. Gabriel Medina, policy director for the Mission Economic Development Agency, said that the group would oppose any market rate housing at the site —even if the project were to be 50 percent affordable. He said the proposal would help driving up rental prices in the traditionally low-income area. Any development at 16th and Mission should be modeled after the Fruitvale transit village in Oakland, he said.

“At this point any market rate housing in the Mission is highly disruptive,” he said. “There is no need for market rate in the Mission —there is need for affordable housing.”

He said the eastern neighborhood plan, passed during the great recession, does not reflect the economic pressures existing today.

“The eastern neighborhood plan didn’t take into account the market disparity that we have — 30,000 new tech employees who covet the Mission more than any other neighborhood in San Francisco.”

Medina, a Mission District native whose grandfather sold newspapers at 16th and Mission, predicted that the fight over the project would be the most contentious the neighborhood has seen. “Every last person and every last coalition city wide is going to join us on this fight,” he said.

But Randy Shaw, executive director of the Tenderloin Housing Clinic, predicted that the project would have a lot of local support. He said crime is so bad at 16th and Mission that “surrounding businesses may cheer the project.” But Shaw said that some residents and neighbors could object to the sheer bulk of a project in a neighborhood that is characterized by smaller storefronts and doesn’t have a lot of monolithic, full-block projects.

Nate Allbee, a legislative aide to Supervisor David Campos, said that the supervisor has met with the developer and is starting to set up meetings with local community groups.

“We generally don’t take a position on developments because more likely than not they come before the Board of Supervisors and we don’t want to have a conflict,” he said. “With all development we think it’s most important for the developer to meet with the community from the get go.”

Philip Lesser, a longtime Mission District property owner and business advocate, said the Eastern Neighborhood plan, which restricted housing in many areas and encouraged the preservation of blue collar jobs, seems to be working.

“That is why we went through the process, and now these guys are responding to the zoning, which is an indication of what San Francisco wants,” he said. “We are definitely going to see the regular cast of characters coming in and saying how can we get something out of this.”

Taken together with the Oyster Development project and Vara, the project represents the potential of Mission Street, Lesser said.

“There is only one neighborhood in the Bay Area that has two BART stations and that’s the Mission,” he said. “That is absolute gold. It doesn’t get any better than that. What you are seeing on Valencia Street and 24th Street — those are sideshows compared with Mission Street. Basically what you are starting to see is what Mission Street will look like in the 21st century.”
by not a racist
Tuesday Jan 7th, 2014 11:23 PM
"keep the Miission brown" is racist retard shit. This is a class issue, not a Spanish-language version of the Third Reich issue. Whoever did the graffiti plays into the hands of the mostly-white yuppies with it. Plenty of low income/working class people of all different skin colors are being fucked over by gentrification.
by to remem
Wednesday Jan 8th, 2014 5:33 PM
but it must be adressed that a lot of european background people get preferred treatment by police. a ''white'' guy who lives in vehicle said the ''cops likeme, they help me out''. so they say , ''i like the police'' ...naturally !.. you going to ''like the police'' if theynot only dont harass you ,but they ''help'' you! they dont like certaqin people mainly those who dont ''fit in'' some easily explainable ''group''. racially and artyistically and ''spiritually''. police even favor some non white people over other ''non whites''. if youre different, america wants to exterminaqte you.scars on me prove that. but america is racially sick for sure. time for ''co exsist'' more than ever.