The techie hate in the Mission has been getting intense lately. Every day I see
wheatpastes and graffiti decrying techies. The new condo buildings in my
neighborhood (especially the “V20” condos at 20th and
Valencia, and the Vida SF building near 22nd and Mission)
constantly have the front windows smashed in. For more than a week now there’s
been graffiti on the sidewalk in front of my building saying “Warning: Hot
Rental Market, Controlled Burns
Scheduled”. Recently Prop
was on the ballot, which, if passed, would have banned nearly all new
market-rate housing in the Mission while the city developed a “neighborhood
stabilization plan”. Today I was at Four Barrel and someone had dripped this
dark thick paint over all of the sitting surfaces so that if you sat there you’d
get paint on your clothes. There wasn’t a message clearly attached, but I think
it’s pretty obvious to anyone who lives in the area why that shop was targeted.
It’s kind of crazy living in a neighborhood where I’m targeted with this kind of
hate. It’s surreal that there is graffiti outside my building implying that
arsonists are going to burn it down. It’s surreal that graffiti like this isn’t
immediately buffed by the city.
I don’t have any intention to move. In fact, it seems likely that I will buy
property in this neighborhood in the event that my current employer has a
liquidity event in the next few years.