Excuse my language, but if I have to read another fucking response to another response about how terrible tech employees or young, entitled douchebags or green aliens coming from another planet and landing in Dolores Park are ruining San Francisco, I am going to punch someone. This city is different now than it was five years ago. It was different then than it was ten years before. Before that, there were hippies on Haight Street redefining the way the world viewed San Francisco. Before that there was the crew of counter-culture thinkers hanging out at City Lights. Before them came the immigrants that built the city, changing its landscape and skyline. A few times, mother nature changed that on her own with serious earthquakes. This city, much like an animal, moves and breathes and changes and evolves and will always move and breathe and continue to evolve.
There are parts of the city I hate. There are times I feel unsafe. There’s that crazy 16th Street BART video from last month that is unbelievably awful. There are times I’ve called SFPD and witnessed them not respond to disturbances. I’ve stepped over disgusting things in every neighborhood in the city. I’ve sat on MUNI and on BART in the tunnel and in traffic and fallen off of my bike on the train tracks. I’ve lived here for four years and there are people who have lived here longer than I have; there are people that have lived here less. I came here because I love so many things about this city. Some of them have changed, just like some of the thinks I loved about my former city, New York, have changed. It’s a fact of life.
Given its history and prevailing industry, change in San Francisco happens fast. Things people love will be lost. Things people hate will bubble to the surface. Things will keep changing. Instead of using energy to hate on all the things “going wrong” with this beautiful, interesting, evolving place, we should focus on the things we like and work to affect real change in those areas.
There are plenty of tech workers who are active and concerned citizens of this city. I’d bet there are plenty of artists who are also douchebags. No city is perfect. Not New York, not Portland, not San Francisco. But please, please, can we please stop the finger-pointing and whining? It’s not a good look on anybody.