National Politics

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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SF's Historic Fort Miley

Being Mindful at Fort Miley

Posted September 6, 2016 by Suzanne Gordon

It is Tuesday afternoon, at three o’clock and four unlikely students of “mindfulness meditation” are relearning how to breathe. Instruction in being more mindful is everywhere these days, particularly in the Bay Area. So I could have been sitting through
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SF's Roxie Theater is among first group of approved Legacy Businesses

Legacy Businesses Need Legacy Neighborhoods

Posted August 29, 2016 by

In their August 27 NY Times Op-Art, “New York’s Disappearing Storefronts,” Jayne Merkel and Julia Wertz describe how rising rents have hurt “the city’s street level fabric.” Sound familiar?  The authors are apparently unaware of San Francisco Supervisor David Campos’
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'The trolls who rule the comment seas may actually have won.' (Image: Dan Sipple/Getty Images/Ikon Images)

Goodbye to the Loudest Drunk in NPR’s Online Bar

Posted August 25, 2016 by Alicia Shepard

// // // // Once seen as a way to democratize the media, news site commenting sections have become playgrounds for nasty trolls. // // // // Good riddance to NPR’s comment section, which is shutting down Tuesday after eight
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A mother nurses her baby while talking about welfare reform on local public radio, 2014, Selma, Alabama. (Photo courtesy of Kathleen Veit)

Shaming Welfare Recipients

Posted August 23, 2016 by Nancy Scheper-Hughes

After returning from the South, I was determined to complete my interrupted studies, and I moved to California to work as a research assistant for Hortense Powdermaker, my undergraduate mentor at Queens College who had just retired and moved to
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