Report details how brown and black communities are decimated, step by step

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Screen grab of the report released by Causa Justa.

Gentrification is a word so oft-used in conversations about San Francisco that it's easy to forget what it means.

A report released yesterday by the advocacy group Causa Justa/Just Cause titled "Development Without Displacement" breaks down gentrification into a set of digestible, understandable policy decisions, while identifying which communities even now are still at risk of displacement.

"This report shows that there are many reasonable policies at the local and regional levels that can help hold back the tide of gentrification and modify the worst effects of urban transformation," said one of its authors, UC Berkeley Geography Professor Richard Walker, in a statement on its site.

The report provides many solutions, but is largely a 100-plus page tale of 20 years of the destruction of brown and black communities in San Francisco, beginning in 1990, and the ripple effects of that displacement on the people of Oakland.

The "Stage of Gentrification" map in particular details San Francisco and Oakland Neighborhoods as being in early, middle, late and ongoing stages of gentrification. Each of these classifications is determined by the population — are they susceptible to displacement? — as well as the housing market prices in the neighborhood. Not surprisingly, the Mission and the panhandle are labeled as ongoing gentrification zones, with the southern neighborhoods of San Francisco are labeled as in early stages of gentrification marked by a rise in property value.

Robbie Clark, 33, the housing rights campaign lead organizer at Causa Justa, said the map details the challenges facing the Latino and African American communities today, a challenge she's also facing herself.

"For me, I’m born and raised in Oakland, and it's been a challenge as an adult to find stable affordable housing," she told the Guardian. She has a huge family that used to live in Oakland right near one another. The displacement broke them up. "Everyone is spread out throughout the greater Bay Area and beyond. It used to be very normal for every weekend to have family dinners, and now that happens much less."

In recent years she's moved seven times as rents in both cities skyrocketed, and she was even in the process of moving again while we interviewed her. The need for the report, she said, was stark.

The findings put specific numbers to a story of loss we all know well. Between 1990 and 2011, over 1,400 Latinos left the Mission district. In the same time, white households increased by 2,900 in the Mission. In the same period, Oakland's black population declined from 43 percent of the city to 26 percent. Many in San Francisco argue that increased affluence helps beautify neighborhoods and makes them safer, but that misses the point: the neighborhoods may be safer for newcomers, but the old residents get kicked out in the process.

The report states that outright: "While gentrification may bring much-needed investment to urban neighborhoods," it states, "displacement prevents these changes from benefitting residents who may need them the most."

Causa Justa Just Cause displacement report EXECUTIVE SUMMARY by FitztheReporter

A summary version of the 110 page report.

And the responsibility of these injustices should be laid squarely at the feet of neoliberal policies, the report states, including reduced public funding, privatization of public programs, relying too much on the private sector to drive economic growth, and a political system susceptible to hugely influential private corporations. 

But ultimately, Causa Justa concludes, there is still hope.

"Gentrification can be stopped!" the report states. To right the wrongs done to communities, "We also recommend policies that regulate government, landlord and developer activity to promote equitable investment, affordability and stability, and maximum benefits for existing residents." 

Causa Justa, Just Cause, is selling the report for $25, but also includes a form for those who cannot afford it to apply for a free copy.

A high resolution version of the "Stage of Gentrification" map: 

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Comments

Asians are usually referred to as yellow, and excluded from the "black and brown" category which is reserved for non-whites who are defined as victims in order to further progressive causes.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 09, 2014 @ 7:39 am

So you think tech wages aren't high enough? We should stop the H1-B program so that wages can go higher!! What kind of a SF prog are you?

No, tech wages aren't too bad as they are. The tech industry does far better than most in sharing profits and a stake in the company with workers, from directors through to the office administrator. Who knew that SF progressives would think this is a reason to go to war with the industry. I guess progs want more money to stay with the investors and global shareholders, the way good old fashioned WalMart does it.

Yes, divesting from public education is a horrible trend. A problem that I assume the tech industry would find itself motivated to help fix.

But there's a cultural issue at work too. Americans, black, brown or white, have it relatively easy compared to the rest of the world. It shows up in the lack of motivation and as a result lack of educated worker for tech companies. Hence, H1-Bs..Sure they help keep wages relatively down to a degree. But that's a fraction of the story. Most tech-educated US natives have well paying jobs.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 09, 2014 @ 7:54 am

tech workers and gentrifiers.

Go figure.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 09, 2014 @ 8:15 am

Engineering wages have fallen slightly over the past 15 years. General wages in the aggregate have fallen much further over that same time frame.

Software is one of the few fields where there is no higher education required to earn a solid middle class salary. The activists are wrong when they claim that tech workers are rich. Rich people generally don't go to salaried jobs every day.

Thus, the efforts to attack perhaps the last bastion of mobility into the middle class in an ongoing 30 year project to eradicate the middle class as we knew it.

Posted by marcos on Apr. 09, 2014 @ 8:19 am

The market decides that. If an Asian H1-B worker can do your job for less money, then you are overpaid by definition.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 09, 2014 @ 8:27 am

"Tech firms needle H1-B immigration exceptions from the government in order to import brown people from south Asia so that tech wages can be kept lower than they otherwise would be. Combined with a disinvestment in public primary and secondary education, that's a double whammy to all who do not have access to better education which are the poor and blacks and latinos in general."

I'm just so touched that Marcos is ***so*** concerned about those poor black and latino people denied their rightful tech jobs by evil H-1B visa holders.

Curiously, Marcos doesn't demonstrate a similar concern regarding illegal immigrants, who directly compete with black and latino American citizens for lower-skilled jobs.

A cynic might think that Marcos doesn't care at all about those poor black and latino people - what he cares about is that a H-1B visa holder might take ***his*** job.

But that would be so, so cynical - Marcos cares very, very deeply about those poor black and latino people - until he can finally enjoy his dream retirement in a lily-white neighborhood in Portland.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 09, 2014 @ 8:40 am

So you're unable to contest the substance of the argument and are reduced to ad hominem over and again. Next, you'll be confusing the Italian guy we bought our home for with his partners, two Latino attorneys who bought, converted and flipped our building. Clearly you cannot contemplate a scenario where Latinos are successful in business, preferring to play the victim card.

Posted by marcos on Apr. 09, 2014 @ 8:56 am

"Clearly you cannot contemplate a scenario where Latinos are successful in business, preferring to play the victim card."

LOL. Speaking as someone who is both successful and part-Latino, yes I can contemplate a scenario where Latinos are successful in business, amazingly enough.

It's just amusing that you profess concern for the poor and minorities only when the issue directly impacts your self-interest.

BTW, you should be terrified - some smart Republican politicians have figured out that the way to split the immigration coalition is to offer the tech companies massive increases in H-1B visas in exchange for dropping their support of amnesty. Combine that position with support from Democrats from red states where amnesty is not popular (to put it mildly), and we may achieve a deal where we can import millions of new skilled workers, while discouraging immigration from unskilled workers.

In other words, how a rational immigration policy should work - encourage skilled immigration, and discourage unskilled immigration.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 09, 2014 @ 9:26 am

Just when you think that marcos cannot make a bigger fool of himself, he surprises you again.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 09, 2014 @ 9:49 am

Two ad hominem responses, clearly you have nothing to say about the substance of the post.

Posted by marcos on Apr. 09, 2014 @ 10:44 am

Maybe if you stopped playing race cards, you would not make such a fool of yourself.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 09, 2014 @ 10:55 am

any politival influence or gravitas in this town. Even Harold could chin-wag with the pols but marcos is personal non grata, having railed and ranted at every local political shaker, while achieving nothing himself.

At this point he is just a sad, old, empty figure, blogging 24/7 - a whole lot of sound and fury, signifying nothing.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 09, 2014 @ 9:55 am

Except that the pols are enacting policies I've promoted left and right and the voters approved: the affordable housing trust fund, relocation assistance to ellised tenants that tracks the FURA/CURA and now an increase in affordable take in SOMA. The only problem is that they're ten years behind me and their lag is measured in torn up lives of the displaced.

Posted by marcos on Apr. 09, 2014 @ 10:42 am

Making shit about yourself AGAIN Marcos?

Posted by Guest on Apr. 09, 2014 @ 11:05 am

My ideas are better than yours.

Posted by marcos on Apr. 09, 2014 @ 11:15 am
Posted by Guest on Apr. 09, 2014 @ 11:26 am

When all you've got left is ad hominem and internet trolling against someone who's got your number, then you're scraping the bottom of the barrel.

Posted by marcos on Apr. 09, 2014 @ 11:39 am

went off on a diversion. End of.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 11, 2014 @ 8:25 am

Next, I'll bet you'll claim that the happy negroes were really better off under slavery than as members of the underclass that is costing innocent white people so much money.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 11, 2014 @ 8:39 am

The claim was that it is a myth that there was a net economic gain to the US due to slavery, because the long-term costs have been compounding for far longer than the original benefits.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 11, 2014 @ 10:09 am

Weren't you previously bitching about how people should focus on ideas and not people when other posters called you out on your bullshit?

Posted by Guest on Apr. 09, 2014 @ 11:33 am

My IDEAS are better than your IDEAS. I am also better than you as a person by most every measure, but that's not really the topic of conversation here.

Posted by marcos on Apr. 09, 2014 @ 11:44 am

non-profits is not better than anyone I know.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 09, 2014 @ 11:49 am

been rejected by people at all levels. In fact, if your "ideas" had been any good at all, you would not spend all day every day whining about people with more power and influence than you "selling out".

You lost. Take it with dignity.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 09, 2014 @ 11:54 am

The ideas I put forth are just now being enacted.

Your ideas are now being superseded by mine.

That is why you attack me instead of my ideas.

Because my ideas are better.

Posted by marcos on Apr. 09, 2014 @ 11:59 am

A few of them are being adopted in some form, but that has nothing to do with you.

This is just part of your campaign of bitterness to try and mitigate your failures

Posted by Guest on Apr. 09, 2014 @ 12:16 pm

to accept what is obvious to everyone else - that he has been hopelessly ineffective at generating viable ideas, nor of persuading people to adopt his extremist positions. His inability to compromise or play well with others have further hindered him to the point now where he serves mostly as a laughing stock and horrible example of how not to achieve change.

It is amusing to see how he claims credit for stuff though.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 09, 2014 @ 11:19 am

Had the bureaucracies run with my ideas ten years ago, then there would have been thousands of fewer evictions. Housing trust fund, strong relocation assistance and increased affordability in SOMA. Check.

Next up, affordable housing dollars to purchase Ellisable buildings for conversion to community land trusts. You know that it is going to happen, the non profiteers have tried nothing and are fresh out of ideas that are not mine.

Posted by marcos on Apr. 09, 2014 @ 12:07 pm

If all you have left is arguing with anonymous posters here about how big a failure you were, then that is pretty damn sad.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 09, 2014 @ 12:19 pm
Posted by Guest on Apr. 09, 2014 @ 12:30 pm

Real "achievers" troll internet comment sections.

Posted by marcos on Apr. 09, 2014 @ 12:51 pm
Posted by Guest on Apr. 09, 2014 @ 1:29 pm

buying buildings from owners who no longer want to be a landlord. This would mean that it is the city paying to subsidize rents rather than private individuals, and that is how it should be.

A full market value would have to be paid, of course. And there would be no element of coercion. But there is no problem with some go-gooders trying to run uneconomical housing if they think they can.

My guess is that many would fail but at least it would be a public loss and not a private loss.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 09, 2014 @ 12:24 pm

Coming up next...

Posted by marcos on Apr. 09, 2014 @ 12:41 pm
Posted by Guest on Apr. 09, 2014 @ 1:29 pm

We gotta wrest the affordable housing dollars from the nonprofit developers in order to use those bucks to buy buildings full of tenants at risk of eviction, that's going to require a law or pickup truck full of shotguns.

Posted by marcos on Apr. 09, 2014 @ 1:38 pm

funds would already be in your grubby little mittens.

Of course, if your ideas was really viable, you'd have no problem raising the funds to do this

Posted by anon on Apr. 09, 2014 @ 2:01 pm

The mammoth continues to lumber across the savannah for far longer than you'd expect after the hunter's spear pierces the flesh.

Posted by marcos on Apr. 10, 2014 @ 7:35 am
Posted by Guest on Apr. 10, 2014 @ 8:00 am

You imply being non-white means you suffer from racism and cannot get tech jobs. Yet Asains do it in spades.

Blacks and Hispanics are under-represented in tech because they are less educated and less motivated.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 09, 2014 @ 6:55 am

yep, i'm sure that's it. Less motivation. Get more motivated, blacks and Hispanics!

Do you see how that might be considered racism?

Posted by Guest on Apr. 09, 2014 @ 2:58 pm

how do you tell them apart?

If you think that races are different from each other, then it is legitimate to talk about what those differences might be.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 09, 2014 @ 3:16 pm

I don't even know what you're responding to. I don't think races are identical to each other. I am talking about what those differences are.

What I am saying is that labeling blacks and Latinos as "less motivated", and using that characterization, which is based on nothing, to explain inequities in representation in the technology economy is an incredibly racist statement.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 09, 2014 @ 4:59 pm

between the races then it is useful to determine what they are, and beyond just superficial physical aspects.

Seems to me you have no problem if the difference is "good", like Asians are smarter than whites and blacks are more athletic than whites - both of which are probably true in the aggregate

But as soon as someone suggests that another difference is something that makes non-whites look bad, like saying blacks are more criminal or Asians are elss good at waiting in line or at driving, then everyone scream racism.

So there's a double standard here, and that is the real problem. And referring back to the topic, why does it matter if there used to be 10% blacks in SF and now there are only 8%. Who cares? And why?

Posted by Guest on Apr. 09, 2014 @ 5:12 pm

Actually I think blacks now make up about 6% of SF's population. But they still account for over 50% of the violent crime. The numbers are worse in Oakland. There, blacks account for about 28% of the population and are responsible for over 80% of the violent crime (including 90% of the armed robberies in the robbery capital of the US).

Posted by Guest on Apr. 09, 2014 @ 6:05 pm

Yep, that's it. Less motivated. Get more motivated, blacks and Latinos!

Do you recognize that that's a racist argument?

Posted by Guest on Apr. 09, 2014 @ 2:59 pm

If you believe that widespread institutional racism prevails in the US today, as is taught in the SFBG, many universities, and in homes, and it's targeting you and your type, there to stifle any effort you make to claw your way out of the bucket, that would be pretty demotivating. In fact to think that black people in general aren't relatively less motivated than the ruling class is to minimize the effects of the racism that progressives trumpet as being so widespread and deeply ingrained.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 09, 2014 @ 4:54 pm

And what there is is mostly being conducted by non-whites.

The problem is that tactics and beliefs that made sense 50 years ago no longer do, but the left just cannot help itself, and wont stop until we have a racist anti-white nation

Posted by Guest on Apr. 09, 2014 @ 5:14 pm
Posted by Christopher Lasch's Ghost on Apr. 10, 2014 @ 11:49 am

issue. The left lost the real battle when it allowed itself to be mired in the unwinnable squabbles of political correctness and identity politics.

Meanwhile the right laughed all the way to the bank while the left was distracted.

Posted by Guest on Apr. 10, 2014 @ 12:00 pm

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