Now you can make this a race issue or you can tell the complete truth

Posted: August 11, 2008 in Economy, Headlines, The Media

I’ve covered this trend in San Francisco at least a couple of times already on this site. Apparently the story just won’t die.

Black population deserting S.F., study says
Leslie Fulbright, Chronicle Staff Writer

African Americans are leaving San Francisco because of substandard schools, a lack of affordable housing and the dearth of jobs and black culture, according to a report by a committee looking into the exodus.

The African American Out-migration Task Force, put together by the mayor’s office last year to figure out what can be done to preserve the city’s remaining black population and cultivate new residents, presented its findings at a public hearing Thursday called by Supervisor Chris Daly. (blah, blah, blah)

Now for the rest of the story.

While Blacks are being affected by this trend, the truth here is that this trend IS-AFFECTING-THE-MIDDLE-CLASS.

Same newspaper, about 1 1/months ago.

Exodus of S.F.’s middle class

James Temple, Chronicle Staff Writer

It’s urban flight flipped on its head: The number of low- and middle-income residents in San Francisco is shrinking as the wealthy population swells, a trend most experts attribute to the city’s exorbitant housing costs.

Many worry it’s increasingly turning San Francisco into an enclave of the rich, where nurses, firefighters, cops, teachers and other professionals aspiring toward homeownership or in need of cheaper rent can no longer afford to stay.

“A kind of derogatory term for the city would be Disneyland for yuppies,” said Hans Johnson, demographer with the Public Policy Institute of California. “There is a legitimate public policy concern when a city that many people have lived in for many years and regard as their homes becomes so expensive they can’t afford to live there anymore.”

From 2002 to 2006, the number of households making up to $49,000 per year dropped by 7.4 percent, those earning between $50,000 and $99,999 declined by 4.4 percent, and those bringing home between $100,000 and $149,999 fell by 3.9 percent, according to Census Bureau estimates. In polar opposition, the number of households making between $150,000 and $199,999 surged 52.2 percent and those earning more than $200,000 climbed 40.1 percent. (more…)

San Francisco isn’t alone in this trend. Cities all across America are quickly becoming havens for two economic classes: the very rich and the very poor. If cities cannot figure out a way to woo back the middle class, Black folks (who b.t.w. have been steadily advancing to middle class status for years) are in no hurry to buck the trend.

  1. Wizz says:

    Same thing happening in Chicago… I’m not all that sympathetic to the gentrification screamers… The ONLY way to stop gentrification is for black folks to buy houses and stop renting. Otherwise it’s not your property so you have no rights what so ever over it. No one owes you the right to live there just because you have been there for a long time.

  2. Wil says:

    I first moved to San Francisco in the early 80’s and now live there part time. The “redevelopment” of the Fillmore District is what broke the back of the Black neighbourhood. What followed was the rapid increase in prices. People didn’t buy when they had the opportunity. In 1982 there were many, many houses that could have been bought by the tenants if they had only sold their Cadillac that was sitting in the driveway and used the money for a downpayment. Now that house which could have been bought for $80,000 is worth $1,700,000. Short term high living always loses out to long term saving and investment.

  3. Give it a rest says:

    Same situation in Harlem NYC!

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