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Culture Clash

This page will collect stories about the Clashing Cultures in our cities as rising property values gentry our neighborhoods.

YIMBYs Build Momentum at Conference 2017

…It was only the second such gathering of its kind. Last year’s freshman effort in Boulder, Co. featured Sara Maxana’s epic keynote. This year, East Bay Forward picked up the torch and brought it back home to the Bay Area — the birthplace of the YIMBY movement and symbolic poster child for how high rents can rise if housing shortages are ignored…(more)

Hipster-bashing in California: angry residents fight back against gentrification

…Half a century after the summer of love and hippie harmony, California is experiencing a summer of loathing and hipster-bashing…

“We’re in a war,” said Leonardo Vilchis, a leader of Union de Vecinos, an LA-based activist group. “It’s happening across the state. A war to defend our homes and our culture.”

Such rhetoric is quite a change from the flower-power vibe of 1967 when hippies took over San Francisco’s Golden Gate park and kick-started the counter-culture.

But the hippies, after all, just pitched tents. Today’s perceived interlopers rent, buy and flip property. And that’s a problem… (more)

In World’s Best-Run Economy, House Prices Keep Falling — Because That’s What House Prices Are Supposed To Do

When Americans travel abroad, the culture shocks tend to be unpleasant. Robert Locke’s experience was different. In buying a charming if rundown house in the picturesque German town of Goerlitz, he was surprised – very pleasantly – to find city officials second-guessing the deal. The price he had agreed was too high, they said, and in short order they forced the seller to reduce it by nearly one-third. The officials had the seller’s number because he had previously promised to renovate the property and had failed to follow through… (more)

The big lie about California’s housing crisis

It’s official: The rent in California, not just San Francisco, is too damn high.

California now has the highest poverty rate in the nation when the cost of housing is taken into account. Since 2005, more than 2.5 million Californians have been forced to leave the state in search of an affordable home.

Unfortunately, the prevailing supply and demand — “just build” — mantra put forward by opinion leaders is diverting state government from the hard truth that the market has not responded to the demand of California families for affordable homes — not luxury and market-rate homes…(more)

Should California start its own bank to serve marijuana companies? It wouldn’t be easy

With recreational marijuana sales set to become legal in California next year and most banks unwilling to open accounts for cannabis companies, pot entrepreneurs are desperate to figure out what to do with their piles of cash. Now, some want the state or cities to get involved.

Over the last year, there has been increasing interest among cannabis businesses and public officials in the idea of public banks: government-owned institutions that would take deposits, make loans and, in California at least, be willing to work with marijuana companies.

Gubernatorial candidate and California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom has called for the creation of a public bank and has discussed the idea with members of the cannabis industry. This week, L.A. City Council President Herb Wesson said he wants to look into creating a city-owned bank that might serve cannabis businesses.

But would it work? ….(more)

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