“This isn’t gonna be easy. Ultimate goal, we’re here to try to figure out a way of doing things that doesn’t mean us killing each other all the time. Which, let’s face it, is not how any of us are used to doing things. Me included. I’ll be honest. I have no idea how it’s gonna go…but that’s life, isn’t it?” -Buffy.
Jane Jacobs critics are wrongly blaming her support for historic preservation, mixed-retail and residential uses, and the virtues of city living for the upscale transformation of communities that would have happened had her classic book never been written. In the 1970’s people began restoring rundown Victorians and Brownstones not because they suddenly read Jane Jacobs, but rather because the times brought a recognition of the virtues of preserving historic structures. That some speculated on these renovated properties, and sold these long rented housing units to the highest bidder, was never a process Jane Jacobs encouraged or endorsed.
Cities can’t legally restrict single family home appreciation, so there was no way to stop the gentrification of heavy homeowner neighborhoods. While marketing campaigns urging young professionals to move back to the city into “borderline” neighborhoods expedited gentrification, the desirability of these historic homes made their occupancy by affluent owners inevitable.
The two strategies essential for keeping cities affordable —-rent control and nonprofit ownership—have both proven successful when allowed to operate. But state preemption bars local rent control in gentrifying cities like Seattle and Portland, and state law bars San Francisco and other California cities from either commercial rent control or limiting rent increases on vacant apartments.
The realtors’ enactment of statewide vacancy control preemption is the chief cause of San Francisco’s housing crisis. Neither Jane Jacobs nor the promotion of a “new urbanism” by SPUR and other groups had anything to do with rising housing costs in San Francisco/
So here’s the story: At the beginning of the show, Luke asked us if we wanted to be addressed as San Francisco or Mountain View. He took a vote by screams and SF won. Later on we kept screaming for them to sing San Francisco. Michael made us a deal that if we could be the loudest city, then they would play San Francisco. They blessed us with this beautiful, intimate acoustic version.