Gentrification Protest in Mission District

Gentrification Protest in Mission District (Photo credit: nancypili Twitter)

Protesters Block Mission District Corner To Protest Gentrification

Melissa Culross
May 31, 2018 - 10:35 am

UPDATED:  05/31/2018 04:10pm

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS Radio) - Protesters in San Francisco blocked an intersection in the city's Mission District as part of a protest Thursday morning against income inequality in this city's recent sweeps of homeless camps. KCBS Radio's Melissa Culross reports the protesters focused on what they're calling "tech-sploitation" in the city.

The protesters piled e-scooters in the path of several tech industry commuter buses at 24th and Valencia Streets and addressed the bus riders talking about gentrification in the Mission.

In a tweeted photo, several buses shuttling tech company employees are seen being blocked by activists/protesters who gathered in front of the buses with expletive signs and piled up e-scooters on the street.

Audio posted on Twitter by San Francisco Magazine editor John Steinberg has activists addressing riders "Each one you now occupy a $5,000 apartment, that used to be a rent-control apartment!"

Kelly Cutler with the San Francisco Coalition On Homelessness tells KCBS Radio that the protest was held to highlight the way the city treats the tech industry versus its most vulnerable residents including the homeless. She says a pilot program to accommodate electronic scooters is being created while the city is conducting sweeps of homeless encampments. 

City officials have said homeless encampments that are health hazards are being removed and the city law that authorizes the sweeps also requires residents be offered resources for shelter.

Cutler says the shelter resources just aren't there.

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