I’ve lived in San Francisco for a long time. By no means do I identify as a San Franciscan; that title was my dad’s to claim. But I know the city enough, and over the past few years, like many residents, I’ve witnessed how the city has changed. I haven’t personally felt the effects of gentrification, as my former students have. But there’s a definite void. My brain says that cities change, that this is normal, that nostalgia is living in the past. But reading today’s lead article — a critique of New York — got me thinking again about whether it’s possible for us to rebuild and reshape our communities into ones that are more inclusive.
Public service announcement: Readers have asked me where they should click to read a story. The headline on top is best — not the URL or the talk bubble on the bottom. Clicking on the headline takes you straight to the article for a better reading experience.