gentrification

Photo by Bill Joyce

Two tennis courts, enclosed by a chain link fence, sit adjacent to Athol Plaza Park in Oakland, near Lake Merritt.  Laila Espinoza is here nearly every weekend. She hangs a canvas on the tennis court fence so passersby can catch a glimpse of her painting. Today, it’s the image of Our Lady Of Guadalupe in the form of a mermaid; a painting she created on this tennis court.

Photo cropped and resized with permission from Dan Brekke

 

On Thursday April 7th, 2016, San Francisco police shot and killed Luis Gongora, a 45-year-old man living in a homeless encampment of tents on Shotwell Street in the Mission District.

Daily news roundup for Monday, April 11, 2016

Apr 11, 2016
"Warriors Blimp 2" by Flickr user Ardail Smith. Used under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 / cropped and resized

Here’s what’s happening in the Bay Area as curated by KALW news:

Warriors tie Bulls' mark with 72nd Win // East Bay Times

Image courtesy Thompson Dorfman

 

 

For decades, development investors didn’t want to touch Oakland. In 1997, one economist called the city an “ugly duckling in a bay of swans.” But these days, Oakland is one of the “hottest,” or fastest-growing, real estate markets in the country.

 

 

In the Bay Area, one strategy for dealing with the housing shortage is to try to build ourselves out. But brand new housing can be too expensive for middle- and working-class people to move into. In San Francisco, it now costs $700,000-800,000 to build a new unit. That’s forced many developers in the area to ask if there is a way to build more quickly and for less money. There is. It’s the same way we build anything more efficiently—by using factories.

This American Life: Poetry of Propaganda

Mar 8, 2016
"San Francisco Houses," by Tom Donald/Used under CC license/Resized and cropped

What happens when children take on the subject of gentrification with a musical?

Illustration by David Boyer.

THE INTERSECTION looks at change in the Bay Area through physical intersections and street corners — where different cultures, desires and histories meet every day. 

Pumping up bodies and spirits at God's Gym

Feb 3, 2016
Renata Gray

The training floor of God’s Gym is definitely old school – one room crammed with barbells, benches, and ancient weight machines.

Laura Flynn

On the January 21st edition of Your Call, we’ll discuss ways to preserve arts and culture in the Bay Area. 

Courtesy of Bert Johnson/East Bay Express

Nextdoor.com is a website designed to bring neighbors together by helping them ask questions, get to know each other, and post local recommendations.

Daily news roundup for Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Nov 24, 2015

Here's what's happening in the Bay Area, as curated by KALW news:           

Richmond: Developer wants residents, not city, to decide on housing project // Contra Costa Times

“A prominent Richmond developer who has failed to get city support for his latest housing project wants residents to decide the matter through a ballot measure next year.”

Punk still rocks at Thrillhouse

Nov 17, 2015
"Songs for Moms 1/9/10" by flickr user sgtpepper. Used under CC / Resized and cropped / bit.ly/1MlazFN

The Bay Area has a rich history of live music. Places like the Fillmore and the Warfield in San Francisco, or the Fox in Oakland. 

San Francisco Planning Department / resized and cropped.

San Francisco's lead housing policy planner Kearstin Dischinger speaks with KALW's Ben Trefny about the proposed Affordable Housing Bonus Program.

Eva Royale / Resized.

 

 

There isn’t much in the backyard of Eva Royale’s house. Two white metal patio chairs, her grandsons’ toy cars. What stands out most is her beloved 44-year-old cactus collection.

 

Leila Day

In the past few months, one particular issue has become a flashpoint around gentrification in Oakland: noise.  

The art festival that aimed to change San Francisco

Nov 10, 2015
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Courtesy of La Principessa Errante 365.

 

Imagine if San Francisco’s Tenderloin and Mid-Market area were filled with artists: storefronts overflowing with creative expression; staged performances in public places; a free cafe.

Daily news roundup for Monday, August 31, 2015

Aug 31, 2015
Gabrielle Lurie, Special To The Chronicle

Here's what's happening in the Bay Area, as curated by KALW news:

California Death Penalty, Struck Down Over Delays, Faces Next Test // The New York Times

"Whether California’s application of the death penalty is so drawn out and arbitrary that it amounts to cruel and unusual punishment will be argued on Monday before a federal appeals court in Pasadena."

I spoke to Marianne Cooper, a sociologist at Stanford University's Clayman Institute for Gender Research and author of  the 2014 study: Cut Adrift: Families in Insecure TimesCooper spent two years shadowing 50 affluent, middle class and low-income families in Silicon Valley to understand how they are faring as big high-tech firms move in the neighborhood and reshape their lives.

Twitter user @photgroffee

The light is low and dark orange on Oakland’s International Blvd. Groups of people cluster around food stands or bus stops. Some are playing dice.

Your Call: How long will the current tech boom last?

Jun 30, 2015

On the June 30th edition of Your Call, we’ll have a conversation about the explosion of the tech industry. Billion dollar companies were once rare.  Today, there are more than 50 billion dollar companies in Silicon Valley, with more added every other week.

Your Call: What does gentrification mean to you?

Jun 22, 2015

On the June 22nd edition of Your Call, we'll have a conversation with D.W. Gibson, journalist and author of The Edge Becomes the Center: An Oral History of Gentrification in the 21st Century. By interviewing a wide cross section of New Yorkers, from a drug dealer to a banking executive, Gibson gets inside the varied ways people experience and perceive the transformation of neighborhoods by the influx of new wealth and new residents. What does gentrification look like where you live?

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On the June 22, 2015 City Visions, host David Onek and a panel of experts uncover the few pockets of relative affordability left in the Bay Area's often prohibitively expensive housing market. 

Daily news roundup for Monday, May 4, 2015

May 4, 2015
The exterior of the new co-working space 1920c at 950 Grant Avenue, which is above a souvenir shop and below residences.
Jason Henry/ SF Chronicle

Here's what's happening in the Bay Area, curated by KALW news:

Chinatown clash: Co-working space, other tech uses violate zoning // SF Chronicle

"A new co-working facility in the heart of Chinatown promises 'a collective space that incorporates wellness, sustainability, local community and collaboration.'

Daily news roundup for Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Apr 21, 2015
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Here's what's happening in the Bay Area as curated by KALW news.

Work starts on LGBT senior housing // Bay Area Reporter

"Graffiti covers the interior walls throughout Richardson Hall, a vacant historic Spanish Colonial Revival style structure at the corner of Laguna and Hermann streets built in 1925 as part of the now-defunct San Francisco State Teacher's College complex.

  

 

 

On the December 9th, 2014 edition of Your Call, we're discussing creative responses to displacement. Median rent in San Francisco is over $3,000 a month. The city is now one of the most unequal urban areas in the country. Many long-term renters have been evicted. From 2000 to 2010, San Francisco’s black population dropped by 19 percent. What place does art have in the fight against gentrification? It's Your Call, with Rose Aguilar, and you.

 Guests:

Laura Klivans

Over the past few years, San Francisco has been getting a lot of press about the tensions in our quickly changing city. It all seems to be magnified in San Francisco’s Mission District: a sunny destination with a growing number of expensive restaurants and rent prices. It’s a neighborhood where Mark Zuckerberg now owns a home, and a place where an affluent, whiter population is displacing lower-income residents, many of them Latino.

Sara Brooke Curtis

Every place has a history hidden that lives beneath what you can see on the surface. Just take the Mission District. The Bart Station at 24th street and Mission is called Plaza Sandino by some -- because in the 1980’s Pro-Sandanista protesters would rally there. Right down the street, Potrero del Sol Park is better known to those who grew up here as La Raza park -- back in the 70’s it was a major gathering spot for low rider cars. This neighborhood has also been called the birthplace of Latin Rock.

  

When a landlord and a tenant are involved in a dispute, an eviction from the property is the last resort. And when evictions do occur in San Francisco, there are two people who are involved with every single one. They both make up the Eviction Assistance Unit at the Sheriff’s Department, but they don’t really act like cops. Their job is to visit anybody served an eviction notice and try to connect them to resources.

KALW’s Ninna Gaensler-Debs takes us through a day in their lives.

Click the player above to listen to the entire ridealong.


 The changing face of San Francisco is a source of controversy for many locals. In his latest one-man show, "Feisty Old Jew," local performer Charlie Varon demonstrates how the issue can be a solid source of comedy too. 

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