“Trying to Breathe:” The Free Muni Protest @ San Francisco City Hall, 20 January 2015.


Good Evening:

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.

Free Muni Protest, San Francisco, 20 January 2015.

Free Muni Protest, San Francisco, 20 January 2015.

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”).

Protest Organizer Speaking to the Media

Protest Organizers Speaking to the Media

Latecomers to the Protest

Latecomers to the Protest

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.

Trying to Breathe Stop the Evictions

Trying to Breathe Stop the Evictions

Everything comes back to the evictions. Getting desperate in San Francisco, indeed.

Vonn Scott Bair


3 responses »

    • yprior1: Now that you mention, going back the next day is a subject that doesn’t get too much attention, but deserves it–I remember a photograph of the site of the 1969 Woodstock Festival after everyone had packed up and left; litter and garbage as far as the eye could see. Vonn Scott Bair

      • I bet it took a long time to clean up after Woodstock.
        and here in my town (richmond, va) they used to have this ball drop in an area called The fan – and they stopped it because the next day there was such a disaster – well it was horrible.

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