Coming Apart


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This needull talks about changes taking place in Mission District and its ramifications on everyone. These changes are reflective of the massive inequality and racial divides in the whole of the US as well.

People move into neighborhoods like the Mission voluntarily, but they often move out involuntarily — and when they go, they are pushed to many kinds of margins. We have witnessed a quiet inversion of what cities are and what suburbs are. We have undergone a massive financial rearrangement that has made some of us rich and a lot of us desperate — and at the same time, have seen the desegregation efforts of the 1960s and 1970s unwind before our eyes. In 2012, the Pew Research Center reported that segregation by income, too, was on the rise. We’re coming apart.

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Rebecca Solnit — Harper’s Magazine

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