San Francisco has changed. The once beautiful, laid back people place has been overrun with the wealthy of Silicon Valley who even have their own armada of commuter buses that shuttle them to and from work.
Their wealth has transformed San Francisco, the gentrification story on steroids. They've caused deep resentment among many working and poor residents who are finding themselves displaced.
But who are these newcomers? Well, some of the nouveau riche are real buggers. Guys like Justin Keller, an entrepreneur and founder of startup Commando.io. He moved to San Fran 3-years ago and now he's up in arms about those nasty poor people and especially the homeless. Keller's so frustrated he wrote an open letter to the mayor:
I am writing today, to voice my concern and outrage over the increasing homeless and drug problem that the city is faced with. I’ve been living in SF for over three years, and without a doubt it is the worst it has ever been. Every day, on my way to, and from work, I see people sprawled across the sidewalk, tent cities, human feces, and the faces of addiction. The city is becoming a shanty town … Worst of all, it is unsafe.
The residents of this amazing city no longer feel safe. I know people are frustrated about gentrification happening in the city, but the reality is, we live in a free market society. The wealthy working people have earned their right to live in the city. They went out, got an education, work hard, and earned it. I shouldn’t have to worry about being accosted. I shouldn’t have to see the pain, struggle, and despair of homeless people to and from my way to work every day. I want my parents when they come visit to have a great experience, and enjoy this special place.
People like Keller have exploded the myth of these high techies being laid back progressives. They're as swinish as they come, at least a lot of them are. Oh well, change is coming.