Yesterday the Board of Supes voted on the #MissionMoratorium, Supervisor David Campos's idea to halt all market-rate residential construction in the Mission so rents will go down or something. I'm actually not clear on what effect he thinks this moratorium would have, and I'm not sure he is either. There was some vague talk about giving the City a chance to buy some undeveloped parcels for affordable housing but no one had that idea when land was cheap and no one had put forth any hard numbers or a plan to actually make that happen anyway, as far as I know. The Board rejected it, but I doubt that's the end of it.
It's a loaded topic, and no one can dispute that rents have exploded in the Mission and a lot of longtime residents have been forced out and replaced with boring white people. The question is what to do about it. I wasn't convinced that stopping all construction would slow in any way the eviction of current residents. In fact, my belief is that it would probably increase it, since people with money still want to live in the Mission and if there's no new construction then existing landlords will just Ellis Act out their current tenants and sell off the resulting TICs to Facebillionaires.
ANYWAY I live in the Richmond district and my supposed supervisor, Eric Mar, somehow found the time to tear himself away from his tireless efforts to control what beverages people drink and weigh in on this issue.
pointed out after I objected to this kind of rhetoric, "Genocide isn't the only thing that ethnic cleansing means though," which is true, I suppose, but I would guess that when people hear "ethnic cleansing," they usually think of ethnic cleansing like Bosnia or Rwanda and not people of various races being peaceably (albeit unwillingly) evicted from their homes. Don't get me wrong; it's terrible, but I don't think incendiary statements like this add to meaningful dialogue on this issue.
I sorta wish Eric Mar would turn his supervisorial gaze to his own district, where we could use some help. Here's the corner of 6th Ave and Balboa, in the heart of the Inner Richmond, not far from where I live:
Empty one-story restaurant, one-story storefront, empty one-story storefront, empty one-story coffee shop. Talk about a prime development opportunity! No tenants to evict, and a shitload of space! You could put up a 4 or 5-story building here, ground floor retail, looks like you could get easily 20 apartments in here. LOOK OVER HERE AT YOUR DISTRICT SUPERVISOR MAR!!! HEY!!! OVER HERE!!!!
Believe it or not, the Mission is not the only place in the city where people could live. If you put up 20 apartments here, do you think they'd sit vacant? Do you think those people might patronize a coffee shop on the ground floor? How about saying "Sure, cool, I'll vote for a moratorium in the Mission if we all agree to speed through development in my district"? What if every other supervisor did that?
I'm kidding, of course.