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Millennials just as frustrated over housing as much as anyone else

December 6, 2016

By Laura Foote : sfexaminer – excerpt

Why are a bunch of pro-housing, tower-loving, millennials staging a hostile takeover of the Sierra Club? I mean, what’s wrong with these obnoxious kids?

Well, let me tell you. Like most people in San Francisco, we’re frustrated over the cost of housing.

How much ink has been spilled about the astronomical rent and its horrific impact on low-income San Franciscans? How much ink has been spilled over stunted millennials and their perpetual strugglefests? How much ink has been spilled over the endless evictions and displacement, as minority, low- and middle-income people are pushed further and further away from this great engine of opportunity, San Francisco?

If, like me, you believe that the root cause of this spike in rents is a housing shortage, then you may agree that the local Sierra Club chapter has been a locus for anti-housing nonsense and is in dire need of fresh, green blood…

We are members of the Sierra Club. We had a volunteer design a cute mailer. We publicized the fact that we think the current Sierra Club chapter is on the wrong track and needs new leadership. The Yes In My Back Yard (YIMBY) Party is staging an intervention, and, as expected, it has not received a very warm reception.

But the Sierra Club needs to be a strong voice for the future of our cities. We need to fundamentally retrofit San Francisco and the Bay Area with dramatically more housing and public transportation. Housing needs to be built in every neighborhood in San Francisco, so that every neighborhood gets both the costs and the benefits of more people.

Win or lose, we intend to do this again next year. We will run a slate every year until our local Sierra Club gets back on track. Because the interconnected issues of global warming and urban housing aren’t going anywhere. And neither are we.

Unless we, too, get displaced…(more)

One thing that gets lost on these people is that San Francisco has gone through at least three dot com boom and busts, and this is the first time we had a major displacement problem. The artists who moved into SOMA kicked no one out. We created something out of nothing and displaced no one. We cleaned up the neighborhood that you now want.

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