bay area tech leftism is: posting about the revolution while being socially anxious and ignoring the person restocking snacks or fixing the elevator so i am 0% surprised we don’t have solidarity and aren’t getting big things done
including myself in this critique btw
@alana Part of this is rent related: The folks stocking the snack machines, fixing the elevators, and the teachers and the nurses — none of them can afford to live in SF or increasingly in Oakland or in much of silicon valley. So they’re increasingly treated as outsiders because they are literally visitors.
San Francisco is not a functioning city. It’s a theme park that looks like a city if you don’t look too hard.
@alana Friends of mine who used to live in SF now live in Pittsburg at the end of the BART line.
What happens when folks can’t even afford to live there anymore? Does SF simply disintegrate — a million tech bros unable to perform activities of daily living such as making food and cleaning themselves die of starvation?
@alexis @testingwithfire @sean @tibius tbh it seems to me like it’s lost some steam and could use an injection of energy to make a few tweaks that’d help them be more effective. at least, that’s me being optimistic! being pessimistic i would say everyone working on it might be employed by a big 5 tech company / homogenous perspective / “activism-washing”
tbh i do not like maciej even a little bit, but i respect his ability to bring 100% to whatever he does, and gather & inspire others to do the same.
(also sf based and same caveats apply, but if you want to bring energy, i might bring it here first.)
@tibius it absolutely has that college campus feel sometimes, in all the worst ways and none of the potentially nice ones ):
@alana Pretty much. And there are infrastructure effects there. Teachers and nurses don’t stick around because they can’t afford to. Schools and hospitals are not communities in SF. They’re businesses staffed by temps.
It doesn’t take a city planner to see how this is not good.
And when there is social division and mistrust contract workers aren't trusted with full details of building services for fear of sabotage - which makes them *more* likely to accidentally plug in a strong cleaning or heating appliance into the wrong circuit and open a circuit breaker (and I suspect half the wiring in those flashy SV buildings isn't even compliant with building code anyway)
it looks like trying to gentrify Felixstowe, England, which thankfully no one dares try (the bulk of suitable space is taken up by the port, which is at least valuable and useful).
They've tried it here in Ipswich (slightly further inland), a failure as the port is active here too and noisy bulk cargo operations happen 24/7 (on top of Weather, and the obvious risk of flooding)
the construction companies involved actually went bankrupt and there are about 3 crumbling empty buildings by the dockside and one newish half built one.
One of them might be turned into an automated car park but thats still a "planned project" (don't forget Brexit is going to make all the materials way more expensive).
@popefucker @alana It was fine when when bullshit was confined to the Marina. Now the Marina is San Francisco. You can’t afford to live in the Sunset or in Bernal Heights unless you can afford $2k rent now. I saw a shack, a literal shack in Bernal, sell for $1 Million.
Folks in Portland are like o noes Portland is the new San Francisco but my peeps, you have no idea...
@tibius i heard the most surreal news in a bit yesterday. a group of people with no homes were being “moved” by cops from the corner their belongings were on, to a different corner a few blocks away. technically within walking distance, but not if you’re carrying a lot of stuff. so their belongings are getting left behind and destroyed.
the corner they’re moving to? that’s where they were moved before. the corner they’re being moved from? that’s where they were before that.
@alana But o noes the police state is coming when boojee kids get a fine for vaping.
The police state is here and has been for the poor.
Yeah, I've been deeply touched for awhile how often I've mentioned to exec.-aspiring "feminists" online that there's tons of women helping them run their lives who they never think about at all... only to be met w/silence. Plus, almost every female boss I've ever had has been shit.
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