SF Weekly Letters

Keep Our City Freaky
Leave Market Street and the Tenderloin as-is: I am writing in response to the article “Black Market Street” in the most recent edition of SF Weekly [Albert Samaha, feature, 10/24]. I am outraged by this article, but not because I approve of the drug market. I am outraged by this article because I hate gentrification and don't want to see San Francisco sell its soul.

I am a college student and San Francisco native. I love this city with all my heart, but over my lifetime I have watched it change. The only way I can afford to live in this city now is to share a rent-controlled apartment with three other young people. Recently I was considering moving, and was horrified to see that even an SRO in the Tenderloin or on Market Street is well outside of my price range. If those neighborhoods were to gentrify (more than they already have), some of the last semi-affordable housing in the city would be gone. Do people really want that?

The business like that mentioned in article, which is done on Market Street, allows life to exist on the margins. It keeps pockets of this city freaky, dirty, vital, and cheap. My friends who live on and around Market and the Tenderloin love their neighborhoods. To them these places are not hostile or dangerous. They are communities and homes.

Do residents really want to live in a city of yuppies? If they do, they need to get out of San Francisco. Leave this city to those who love it.


Immigration Gaps
Allowing people to cross border illegally corrodes immigration laws: Part of the problem is that if the U.S. lets these kids through the open border, people will go for the next lowest-hanging fruit until they get what they want [“Legal Limits,” Albert Samaha, News, 10/24]. It might be reasonable to let the kids that were brought here when they were too young to make choices for themselves stay, but giving in to this means that the next step is around the corner. This kid should be pissed at his parents, not at the USA.


Blog Comments of the Week
Minimum wage doesn't cover life expenses: No one can live on minimum wage in S.F. [“San Francisco's Minimum Wage Is Highest in the Nation, But Will That Help the Economy?” Coburn Palmer, the Snitch, 10/23]. If it includes paying for any kind of living space, it would have to be with five other people in a bare-bones two-bedroom apartment, be able to walk to work or, if the person is lucky, borrow his little sister's bike, and nourish himself with only one $5 footlong sandwich per day.


Bob Dylan fan disagrees with review: Ian S. Port obviously doesn't know Bob Dylan: the legend, the poet, the mystery, the magic; the evolution of time is in his voice [“Bob Dylan Croaks the Blues at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, 10/18/12,” All Shook Down, 10/19]. Five decades of history are in his lyrics. His voice speaks to those who know him. Port needs to go to more than three concerts to get Dylan. He also needs an appreciation of his style to get his wit. Start listening; there is so much between the lines. Dylan says it all perfectly.


Protesting's roots are deep, but the movement has changed: Protest is a Bay Area tradition and so is the vigilante committee [Occupy Oakland: Flyer Asks Residents to 'Beat Up' Anarchists at Anniversary Protest,” Erin Sherbert, the Snitch, 10/17]. Since City Hall and the Police Department seem to have made the rights of the thugs, vandals, naked guys, homeless, etc. paramount, what is left but to bring back the vigilante committee, restore law and order, and install some civility in our communities? I used to be for Occupy, but breaking into private property and smashing windows drive more people away from the movent than endears it to them.


In our Oct. 24 story “Super Bowl Shuffle” [Joe Eskenazi, Sucka Free City, 10/24] we noted a Beacon Economics/Bay Area Council Economic Institute report claiming a Bay Area Super Bowl would generate $300-$500 million in economic activity. This was not a stand-alone report but a claim made within the groups' economic impact report for the America's Cup. SF Weekly regrets the error.

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