The City & County of San Francisco currently enjoys one of its frequent booms, and the estimates that the next bust will hit at the end of 2015 have been revised to “sometime in the future,” so the city currently enjoys full coffers. The problem many other cities and states would like to have: what to do with all that dough?
These folks had an idea, and shared it on Tuesday.
San Francisco’s prosperity has come with a serious cost; namely the cost of living in “the city of $4 toast” has famously soared. I keep running into one online article after another directly or indirectly related to the theme of “San Francisco income inequality as proxy for America’s.” For the elderly and disabled, the city has become almost unlivable, and one possible part of the solution consists of free public transit (“Free Muni”).
I don’t know how this will end. I do know that a lot of poor people are getting desperate in this fabulously wealthy city. The next day, no trace of the protest remained, as if it never happened–except for this one graffito I spotted on a nearby trash bin.
Everything comes back to the evictions. Getting desperate in San Francisco, indeed.
Vonn Scott Bair