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

In Williamsburg, NYC's  weakening of land use restrictions promoted rapid gentrification

Krugman Wrong on Gentrification

Posted December 1, 2015 by

I usually agree with NY Times columnist Paul Krugman, but he is surprisingly misinformed on the causes and solutions to urban gentrification. A case in point is his November 30 column (“Inequality and the City”) blaming “land use restrictions” for
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Nov. 6 fire at 16th and Shotwell in SF's Mission District

Why Are Fires Still Displacing Mission Tenants?

Posted November 30, 2015 by

Despite, talk, activism and ballot measures to stop the displacement of Latinos and other tenants from San Francisco’s Mission District, a prime cause remains unaddressed: displacement by fire. The November 6 fire at 16th and Shotwell streets added another 23
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From top left, Sara Shortt, CTA, Naomi Kelly, Raquel Fox

Our Local Heroes of 2015

Posted November 24, 2015 by

Beyond Chron has a Thanksgiving tradition of honoring a few of the many whose dedicated service rendered them our local heroes for San Francisco in the past year. Here’s our choices for this year, whose weight toward housing activism reflects
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Peskin's candidacy ignited activism that will spread in 2016

SF Politics Turns to 2016

Posted November 23, 2015 by

Thanksgiving week typically marks the end of one year’s political activism and the forging of plans for the next.  For San Francisco politics, it is more accurate to say that the campaigns of 2016 began taking shape when Aaron Peskin
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What Makes a Politician “Pro-Housing”?

Posted November 19, 2015 by

San Francisco’s Jane Kim-Scott Wiener 2016 State Senate race  is off and running. And the campaigns are already battling over which candidate is the most “pro-housing.” Wiener allies have claim in tweets that Kim is insufficiently pro- housing due to
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The spectacular new Whitechapel bar at Turk and Polk

San Francisco Needs More Bars

Posted November 17, 2015 by

On November 19, San Francisco’s Lower Polk Business Collaborative holds a public meeting to discuss whether a 2013 moratorium on Polk Street liquor licenses should be renewed for six more years or allowed to expire. It may sound surprising that
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Ignoring the 5 Million

Posted November 16, 2015 by

Last Monday, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal issued a ruling blocking President Obama’s Executive Orders protecting five million primarily Latino immigrants from deportation.  The 2-1 decision was widely criticized by legal scholars, but drew  little fury, anger, or even
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