Randy Shaw

Randy Shaw is the Editor of Beyond Chron and the Director of San Francisco’s Tenderloin Housing Clinic, which publishes Beyond Chron. Shaw is the author of four books on activism, including The Activist's Handbook: Winning Social Change in the 21st Century, and Beyond the Fields: Cesar Chavez, the UFW and the Struggle for Justice in the 21st Century. His new book is The Tenderloin: Sex, Crime and Resistance in the Heart of San Francisco

Articles by Randy Shaw


The Truth About Academy of Art Housing

Posted September 29, 2016 by

San Francisco’s Academy of Art University (AAU) is a convenient symbol for the city’s affordable housing crisis.  AAU has failed to timely comply with planning department requirements and added thousands of students without building housing for them.  City Attorney Dennis
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Don't blame Jane Jacobs for Haight-Ashbury gentrification

What Keeps Cities Affordable?

Posted September 27, 2016 by

I’ve recently written how Jane Jacobs’s 1961 Death and Life of Great American Cities promoted a vision for urban neighborhoods that made them more desirable. Some even blame Jacobs for cities becoming too desirable, associating her with the widespread gentrification
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The "Beast on Bryant" underscores confusion over what "pro-housing" means

SF Supes Races Missing Issues

Posted September 26, 2016 by

Voters in the upcoming San Francisco Supervisor elections face a hard task differentiating between candidates on the issues.  Instead of candidates promoting their positions on future key legislation, the races are about slogans. Candidates are vowing to “stand up to
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Vin Scully’s Last Days

Posted September 26, 2016 by

After 67 years, Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully is calling it quits. And fittingly, his last broadcast will occur against the San Francisco Giants. Scully has been at this so long that he began as the announcer for the Brooklyn Dodgers.
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The Woman Who Saved Our Cities

Posted September 22, 2016 by

Jane Jacobs is the leading urban visionary for post-WWII cities. Fittingly, her 100th birthday this year is being celebrated by books, events and a new documentary film. I recently spoke at a SPUR panel titled “What Would Jane Jacobs Do?,”
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The Tenderloin's Little Saigon

Exploring the Tenderloin’s Vietnamese Legacy

Posted September 22, 2016 by

A very special event occurs at the Tenderloin Museum tonight. Tho Thi Do, who went from being a Community Organizer at the Vietnamese Youth Development Center in the Tenderloin to becoming an International Vice President for UNITE HERE, will chronicle
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Rose Pak with her close friend and political ally, Willie Brown

Rose Pak’s Complex Legacy

Posted September 20, 2016 by

Rose Pak, who died Sunday at 68, was a larger than life figure. She was also a complex political powerhouse whose alliances deviated from current San Francisco political norms. Although Rose and I were both early backers of mayoral candidates
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