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Monday, August 18, 2014

Take This 1985 Gentrification Quiz to Find Out if Your Neighborhood Is "Upscale"

Posted By on Mon, Aug 18, 2014 at 2:09 PM

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Before the onslaught of drip coffee shops and pilates studios, there were needlepoint boutiques, video rental outlets, and newsstands with luxury print products (The Village Voice, any one?)

Apparently, the signs of gentrification can change a lot in 30 years. The one thing that hasn't changed is our anxiety about it, or our need to mock the new arriviste class.

This 1985 gentrification quiz, published in the September 19 edition of San Francisco Chronicle and resurrected last week on social media, offers a window into pre-Dotcom San Francisco.

What we can glean: Unisex hair salons were a snobby frill, and coffee was a lot cheaper

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Rachel Swan

Rachel Swan

Rachel Swan has been a staff writer at SF Weekly since 2013. In previous lives she was a music editor, IP hack, and tutor of Cal athletes.


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