SF Planning Director’s Record of Displacement and Gentrification
By: Yi-Jen Lee : peoplepowermedia – excerpt
San Francisco has become the cautionary tale for how not to develop a city in the 21st Century. Frequently derided as the most expensive housing market in the US, skyrocketing rents and mass evictions are forcibly displacing residents as the gap between the rich and the poor is growing faster than anywhere else in the US.
Artists, working class families and longtime residents have declared that San Francisco is “losing its soul.” At the helm of this sinking luxury liner, overlooking the City’s planning and developments is the Director of the SF Planning Department, John Raiham, who has been in this role since January 2008. Raiham is now facing evaluation before the people at a public comment session on Thursday December 10 at the Planning Commission. [people. power. media] has compiled some statistics that show what it’s been like to live in San Francisco during this time… (more)