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S.F. boom leaving many behind

June 7, 2013

by : sfexaminer – excerpt

Amid a rebounding San Francisco economy, attention is being brought to the inequity found in neglected neighborhoods where residents are more likely to be killed, drop out of school, suffer health complications at an early age and earn low incomes.

As The City attracts large, high-profile events such as the America’s Cup and Super Bowl L in 2016, and as a growing local technology industry drives the economic recovery, Supervisor John Avalos said San Francisco leaders must rethink how budget and policy decisions are being made at City Hall given the stark disparities among communities.

“The City doesn’t always make the decision that is going to serve the most impacted, where the need is greatest,” Avalos said. Instead, he said, the more organized and well-heeled constituencies benefit more and some neighborhoods are “actually falling behind in the resources that they should get.”…

There are a large number of residents seemingly struggling to pay the bills in District 3, which includes Chinatown and North Beach, and District 6. Residents living in poverty make up 12 percent of the overall population at 96,550, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2010 count. The fewest residents in poverty were found in District 2’s Marina and Pacific Heights neighborhoods (6 percent) while District 6 has the most (22 percent).

The report, Avalos said, “Provides a baseline that we should work off.”

Avalos said he may propose requiring the issuance of socio-economic equity reports for legislation the board votes on, similar to how The City currently issues economic impact reports for legislation affecting businesses. Rose also plans to issue a second report examining disparities in the distribution of city spending on social benefits(more)

Very interesting that “there are a large number of residents seemingly struggling to pay the bills in District 3, which includes Chinatown and North Beach, and District 6.”  You would think that Districts 9, the Mission, and 10, Bay View, would be the poorest. What does this mean? Especially considering that the new Central Subway is headed for the heart of District 3. Could residents of Chinatown be next in line for displacement, as Tim Redmond’s recent article “Planning for Displacement”, suggests?

We heard rumors of a socio-economic test for development strategies, but this is the first indication we have seen that there is indeed a consideration for legislation in the works.

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