Community displacement in the Bay Area

What is Gentrification

The buying and renovation of houses and stores in deteriorated urban neighborhoods by upper- or middle-income families or individuals, thus improving property values but often displacing low-income families and small businesses.

Why should you care

If the process of gentrification is allowed to continue unchecked then NONE of us will be able to afford to live here. If the original communities that helped make the bay what it was are kicked out then what will be left?

Why this matters to me

This matters so much to me because gentrification is spreading rapidly and it's affecting low-income communities all across the bay area. Everyone deserves a chance at affordable housing but that may be a long lost fantasy if gentrification is allowed to continue un-checked. Gentrification is also the white washing of what was formerly the best example of a "the American Melting Pot".