san francisco in ruins

Too Late- Dave x reader

 Author: @redstringlovers

Characters: Dave x reader

Prompt: “Are you kidding me? We’re not ‘fine.’”

Warnings: angsty stuff I think? 

Word count: 2,011

A/N: I wanted this to have a Forrest Gump vibe where he’s telling the story to a stranger haha. Special thank you of course to @susybird for always being a great motivator and an awesome friend! Hope you guys enjoy! Let me know what you think :)

Originally posted by dylanholyhellobrien

To say that Dave and I were a happy couple is an understatement. We’ve been together for 4 years, since the beginning of our freshman year in college. Freshman year had been one of the best years of my life, because that’s when I had met the love of my life, or so I thought.

It was the typical “boy meets girl, boy falls in love with girl but girl has boyfriend, boy and girl become friends, girl ends up having feelings for boy and breaks up with boyfriend for him.” To sum it all up, one giant mess.

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  • Take her to the moon for me. Okay?
  • C'mon! Think positive!
  • I’m positive that you’ll get lost in there!
  • Crying helps me slow down and obsess over the weight of life’s problems.
  • Congratulations San Francisco, you’ve ruined pizza! First the Hawaiians, and now YOU!
  • What was that? I though you said we were gonna “act casual”.
  • Oh, I show you attitude, old man!
  • What is your problem? Just leave me alone!
  • Well, that was a disaster.
  • I saw a really hairy guy, he looked like a bear.
  • I’m too sad to walk. Just give me a few… hours.
  • All right! We did not die today, I call that an unqualified success.
  • Six years of drama school… for this.
  • Well, what would you do if you’re so smart?
  • Of course your tiny brain is confused. Guess I’LL just have to dumb it down to your level!
  • Sorry I don’t speak moron as well as you, but lemme try! Duuuuuhhhhhh!
  • Well, I just saved our lives. Yeah, you’re welcome.
  • I say we lock ourselves in our room and use that one swear word we know. It’s a good one!
  • What’s “poo-ber-tee”?
  • Remember the funny movie where the dog died?
  • Oh nothing. Just the best idea ever!
  • Hey! Hey, look at me. Did you mean what you said before?
  • This is ridiculous! We can’t even get a good night’s sleep anymore.
  • These are my kind of people!
  • Being cool is exhausting. 

anonymous asked:

"Although how fitting, that a figurehead handpicked from the same pool of digital wealth that brought ruin and misery to the poor and oppressed peoples of San Francisco" I'm not denying it but please explain to me what happened. Do you mean poor people in SanFran were priced out of their own neighborhoods?

Not deliberately, but tech people, the city councils and alot of the middle class who live in and around San Francisco all vote and self-identify with progressive or at least liberal parties.

Because they feel a sympathy for people of lower classes and diversity and vote accordingly, but frequently bemoan, disregard and play down the aggravation of and plight of people who’s cost of living and rent shoots up due to gentrification. And to get into gentrification: Gentrification is the sustained transformation of a typically lower class or minority community into a “trendy” or upscale one because more well off groups, like white americans or asian americans, move in without respect to the community, to take advantage of the land value. This has the effect of displacing the people who originally were there, usually living paycheque to paycheque.

For a historically invisible group of people to the wealthy liberals, this is greatly distressing, because it breaks up communities where they have traditionally found solace and belonging in the midst of a metropolitan area where they are othered by the (previously white majority) population around them.

For San Francisco, the historically working class, predominantly black neighbourhood of hunter’s point by the old shipyards, is now deep in the midst of redevelopment to cater to the more well off tech employees of San Francisco

Since 2000, the black population there has become a statistical minority as they find themselves evicted, often out of childhood homes, and thus forced to move elsewhere

Much of these people have moved elsewhere in the Bay Area, which has up until recently, been Oakland typically

Which is also undergoing a transformation of it’s own, much to the chagrin of the people of colour who live there, where their particular aggrievement is for a particular sort of people:

Often, this slow transformation is accompanied with a typically appalling liberal racist regard for this area they are coming in to.

While not in the Bay Area, you can find examples of this in similarly gentrifying Crown Heights, Brooklyn - where spillover from previously gentrified areas like Williamsburg is ongoing

There’s no better example of the attitude liberals have toward these communities they foray into, likening themselves as early settlers in a future chic area, than the recently opened summerhill restaurant:

The newest cocktail bar and “boozy sandwich shop” in Crown Heights hasn’t been around for long, but it’s already shaping up to be one of the most divisive businesses in New York City.

Summerhill, located at 673 Nostrand Avenue, opened in June, but yesterday, owners sent out a PR blast to editors at various New York publications, including Eater, highlighting elements of the restaurant that, to anyone familiar with the endless push-pull of neighborhood demographics in New York, read like a checklist of gentrification red flags and worst-practices. Update: Since this story was published, more information has come out. Click here for the latest.

Among other things, the press release advertised that Summerhill, run by a “reformed corporate tax attorney” from Toronto named Becca Brennan, was opened in “a long-vacant corner bodega (with a rumored backroom illegal gun shop to boot).” Alongside $12 cocktails and “cheekily wallpapered bathrooms,” the restaurant also seems to be selling a generous dose of self-mythologizing: “Yes, that bullet hole-ridden wall was originally there and, yes, we’re keeping it.”

That “bullet hole-ridden wall,” when fact-checked by Gothamist, turns out to likely just be cosmetic damage. “Just looking at the angle I don’t know if that is possible that that’s a bullet hole,” Brennan admitted to Gothamist. “We call it [a bullet hole-ridden wall] because if you look at the history, someone seriously said, ‘Isn’t that the place where we could buy guns?’

And then we were like, ‘okay.’” (The “history” she refers to is an anonymous comment left on a community website post about the building.) Brennan defended this fictionalized historical narrative as, like the bathroom wallpaper, “cheeky.”

The stretch of Nostrand Avenue between Eastern Parkway and Atlantic is one of the most rapidly changing commercial strips in Brooklyn, as encroaching gentrification motivates landlords in the majority-black neighborhood to raise rents. In recent years, dozens of restaurants, coffee shops, and bars oriented to the neighborhood’s young, affluent, primarily white newcomers have opened within a few blocks of Summerhill. While some of the new wave seek to incorporate aspects of the neighborhood’s cultural identity and West Indian roots, Summerhill seems to be the first to specifically emphasize Crown Heights’ history of violence and poverty as a thematic element.

Besides the fake bullet holes, the press release calls the business serving $12 cocktails (including one called #VanLife, hashtag and all) an “oasis” and the “most Instagrammable, ‘let’s just crush some watermelon cocktails’ hangout.” The restaurant’s website and social media accounts also prominently feature Forty Ounce Rosé, a high-low mashup of the trendy summer wine with the iconic malt liquor bottling style which has come under scrutiny for appearing to make a joke out of African-American cultural stereotypes. *

Look no further than the image of dining at a restaurant with the theme of being “authentically run down” where you can buy Rosé in malt liquor bottles with your #besties, to understand this liberal tone deafness

Establishments like Summerhill are essentially the tip of the spear of gentrification, because the people who start these establishments are keen on precipitating a “trendy” neighbourhood around their self-professed bold entrepreneurship. The appearance of establishments like Summerhill are regarded as a cancer by the communities that host them. Functionally, they pretty much are.

So what happens to these communities as they get displaced by gentrification?

Well, they leave the city and go into the suburbs, naturally, where the REAL conflict begins.

Returning to the bay area, The people who left Hunter’s Point for Oakland, subsequently leave for places like Antioch, which are predominantly white suburbs further out of the city:

According to census data, the majority of residents being pushed out of Oakland are staying in California.

KQED reporters Devin Katayama and Sandhya Dirks spent a year reporting on the outmigration of low-income residents and people of color from Oakland, San Francisco and Richmond to the surrounding suburbs.

“As we were reporting on Oakland we kept hearing, ‘Oh, they’re going out to Antioch,’ ‘He moved to Antioch,’ ‘She moved to Antioch,’ ” says Dirks. “So, we went to Antioch.”

The traditionally white working-class community about 45 miles east of San Francisco is undergoing a change that is often overlooked in reports about gentrification in the Bay Area.

Listen to the first episode of their project, American Suburb, which is Season 1 of KQED’s Q’ed Up podcast. Their work answers many more questions about the impacts of gentrification on Oakland and beyond.


The podcast sums it up better than me, but I’ll summarize:

So imagine you are white and grew up in a suburb that has a more even split of Democrat and Republican voters (to give you a reference point of tolerance toward people of colour versus urban areas like San Francisco), then all of a sudden, cul de sac’s begin hosting more lower income black families, displaced from the city.

This is a shock to say the least, and for the black families moving it, it involves dealing with neighbourhood watches and police called in to stop by your house over calls from their white neighbours because “section 8″ people were having a “disturbance.” At first, it’s probably rad, moving out of the city into a nice cul de sac and going to a large, suburban california highschool like the ones you’d see in movies, but then one day someone gets shot at a movie theatre near the school and now there’s a curfew and police explicitly singling you out.

The prevailing opinion of the white population of Antioch, being that the black families, whether or not they actually are recipients of it, are being regarded as “section 8 people gaming the system” to take over their neighbourhoods. This isn’t aided at all by the rise of violent crime and gang violence that follows the often poorer newcomers from urban areas.


Relatively wealthy liberals displace distinctly black or minority communities by “colonizing” their neighbourhoods, who are then forced to scatter to the winds and move to more hostile, mostly white suburbs, who in return feel the new comers are, at best, “disrespectful” to their own communities, by the crime that follows and inherent racism and misunderstandings of these surburban people and the police.

The cause and outcome of gentrification. I can’t stress the felt helplessness enough.

So imagine having someone who lives at the speartip of these tone deaf gentrifying factors that have ruined communities for alot of people in San Francisco, becoming president.

Inside Out Sentence Meme
  • "Do you look at someone and wonder what's going on in their head?"
  • "First day of school! Very, very exciting!"
  • "We're gonna have a good day which will turn into a good week which will turn into a good year which will turn into a good life."
  • "Think positive!"
  • "Remember the funny movie where the dog died?"
  • "Crying helps me slow down and obsess over the weight of life's problems."
  • "Goodbye Friendship! Hello Loneliness!"
  • "I'm too say to walk. Just give me a few hours."
  • "I only make things worse."
  • "Well I just saved our lives. Yeah, you're welcome."
  • "On a scale from one to ten, I give this day an F."
  • "Congratulations San Francisco! You've ruined pizza! First the Hawaiians and now you!"
  • "Can I say that curse word now?"
  • "I'll have you know I'm not scared of everything."
  • "What was that?! I thought you said we were gonna act casual!"
  • "Welcome to Imagination Land!"
  • "We were best friends."
  • "Depth! I'm lacking depth!"
  • "Take her to the moon for me, okay?"
  • "Stop saying everything will be alright!"
  • "He...cares very deeply about things being fair."
  • "Well why don't we quit standing around and do something?"
  • "Like quitting! That's what I'm doing! Sure, its the cowards way out but this coward's gonna survive!"
  • "Fine, let's sleep on it. Because, hey, I'm sure jolly, fun-filled times are just around the corner."
  • "There are no bears in San Francisco."
  • "I saw a really hairy guy, he looked like a bear."
  • "Sorry, I went sad again, didn't I?"
  • "We did not die today, I call that unqualified success."
  • "I say we lock ourselves in our room and use that one swear word we know. Its a good one!"
  • "All these facts and opinions look the same. I can't tell them apart!"
  • "I..I know you don't want me to but I miss home."
  • "Sorry I don't speak moron as well as you, but lemme try!"
  • "We could cry until we can't breathe."
college au

Ship: Percabeth
Word Count: 1.7k
Rating: K

Prompt: met in college laundry room inspired by this post  by thelockwolf

Writer: owlsandsurfers {outside submission}

Annabeth struggled as she walked down the residence hallway while carrying her laundry basket in one hand and a stack of books in the other. She mentally scolded herself for leaving so much laundry to do at the very last minute. Although she did have two of her architecture midterms scheduled on the same day, she reasoned with herself. This morning she had managed to get her hair up into a bun before her classes. Despite her best efforts hair still fell into her eyes, and with an exasperated sigh she blew a strand of blond hair out of her sight and managed to kick the laundry room door opened.

She always liked the coziness of her hall’s laundry room, she however never liked how crowded it got during the day. But the perks to doing laundry at 2AM in the morning was that she had the whole room to herself—well practically to herself. In the far corner, Annabeth could see a boy fast asleep, lying flat on his back taking up several machines. His black hair was flying out in every direction much like his sprawled arms. Annabeth tried her best to stay as quiet as possible, picking one of the further machines so that she wouldn’t have to wake him up.

She loaded up her first load, muttering to herself, “Go to NYU mom said— it’ll be great, mom said. You’ll have the best time, mom said. Forget to do laundry because you’ll be too busy studying, mom didn’t say.” She slammed the machine door and froze hoping she didn’t wake up the boy. She held her breath and stared with wide eyes at him, not daring to make any sudden movements. When all he did was stir around, Annabeth let out a sigh of relief.

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Ruins with Sybil (1731). Giovanni Paolo Panini (Italian,1691-1775). Oil on canvas. Legion of Honor, San Francisco.

Ruins with Sibyl is an architectural fantasy, known as a capriccio. It reflects the 18th-century taste for antiquity and picturesque ruins and depict the remains of classical buildings, which the artist embellished with figures. Panini received his early training from painters of theatrical scenery, which served him well in this detailed, illusionistic view.

Panoramic View of Nearly Total Devastation of San Francisco, 5/1/1906:

“This view of the San Francisco ruins shows many square blocks completely leveled. The photograph was taken on May 1, 1906, almost a month after the disaster. Much of the debris had already been hauled away leaving only empty ash-blackened blocks. Rebuilding of small buildings had begun, 5/1/1906.”

Series: Combined Military Service Digital Photographic Files, 1982 - 2007Record Group 330: Records of the Office of the Secretary of Defense, 1921 - 2008

The 1906 San Francisco Earthquake struck 110 years ago on the morning of April 18, 1906. With an estimated magnitude of 7.9, it was one of the worst natural disasters in U.S. history, with the earthquake and subsequent fires claiming more than 3,000 lives, and leaving half the city’s population homeless.

The National Archives Catalog also holds over 150 digitized photos related to the San Francisco Earthquake from multiple federal agencies, departments and congressional committees.

More on the San Francisco Earthquake from the National Archives: