More and more, amid the pastels and the gold-leaf embellishments, you see a striking juxtaposition: 125-year-old houses painted in the tones of a cold war-era nuclear warhead or a dormant cinder cone. In neighborhoods like the Mission and the Haight, this phenomenon reads to some residents as an erasure of the Latino community or of the lingering counterculture.
— The Guardian
Gentrification has authored a wholesale change to the city brought on by what New York’s outgoing mayor Bill de Blasio once referred to as a “crisis of desirability.”
Like the Big Apple, many highly-paid workers have begun returning to their former spendy enclaves, bucking a trend that had initially appeared to shrink the city’s tech population significantly as a result of the pandemic and leading to even further recalcitrance on the part of locals.
“I’m not moving. I’m not going anywhere. I got my roots,” one lifelong resident told The Guardian. “Working with children, teaching kids music without asking for any money. It’s about me giving back to the community. Latin rock music was created here in the Mission district, so it’s about me keeping that alive.”