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Hastings Alumni Mag-Spring 2014

{ THEN AND NOW } UC HASTINGS 71 has struggled to keep what’s left of its rent-controlled, nonprofit-operated housing and important neighborhood services,” she says. “As a result, we have deteriorating infrastructure, not enough open space, and a lack of employment opportunities.” Residents are seeing an increase in Ellis Act evictions. Some, Lee says, have been harassed to move out of rent-controlled units. Nonprofits including the TNDC, Tenderloin Housing Clinic, and Mercy Housing lease much of the area’s affordable housing, which protects tenants from eviction and rent increases, to a degree. However, it doesn’t mean community resources like senior centers and food banks are safe from displacement. “Residents rely on these services to thrive and build communities,” Lee says. Also at risk are arts organizations that first brought life to the area. As development surges, artists have been threatened by skyrocketing rents and the sale of their spaces to private investors. “We need to balance the success of the city’s revitalization efforts with a commitment to protecting residents, small businesses, and nonprofits,” says Supervisor Jane Kim, who represents the area. “It’s also important to provide spaces for generating creativity as the neighborhood changes.” Arts groups, Seward agrees, are crucial to the area’s transformation. “Both the reality and perception of safety,” Seward says, “is about having positive pedestrian activity in the neighborhood.” The American Conservatory Theater’s recent restoration of the derelict Strand Theater, he notes, will encourage the influx of restaurants and cultural venues that will help revitalize the district, block by block. “As the area becomes a vibrant new hub of arts, technology, and social media,” he adds, “we’ll share in the exciting transformation, right on our doorstep, and our students will have extraordinary access to all it offers.” Left: Mid-Market is one of the city’s most pedestrian- and cyclist-friendly areas. Right: The neighborhood is becoming known for its vibrant street art. Right: Gourmet food trucks sell a wide range of delicacies outside City Hall.


Hastings Alumni Mag-Spring 2014
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