We’ve been working our way through a substantial podcast series begun in January by KQED/NPR. The suburbs of San Francisco are the field of reportage. Gentrification, race, the cost of living and social change are foregrounded. Wow, there’s nearly six hours worth of material here.
Q’ed Up npr.org
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Nice! More buses to get LA’s workers to work and jobs building the buses themselves, which are also up-to-date low emissions models.
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A quirky parking lot hamlet of air travel industry workers has formed at Los Angeles International Airport and makes for emotional content in this short New York Times documentary.
Long-term parking (7:45)
Scavenging is one of the oldest continuous forms of industry found in human settlements. Never romanticized,
it nonetheless seems to be always with us. The value of aluminium cans and other recyclables travels up and down much like that of say oil. When the price is good scavengers get busy creating a commodity from rejected material and earn some minor income for themselves. Spend any time in a built-up area and you eventually spot scavengers. That bastion of high priced housing and advanced technology, San Francisco, is no exception. Lately, though, the cities network of businesses where pop cans and such are redeemed has begun to thin out. This is tough on the scavengers.
Collecting cans to survive: a ‘dark future’ as California recycling centers vanish. Poor and homeless San Franciscans rely on income earned by trading cans for cash, but their subsistence is under threat as hundreds of centers close down
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You really gotta read this.
San Francisco tech worker: “I don’t want to see homeless riff-raff”. In an open letter to the city’s mayor Ed Lee, entrepreneur Justin Keller said he is “outraged” that wealthy workers have to see people in pain and despair
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Once-industrialized areas of San Francisco that were home to a blue collar middle class continue to move into suburban poverty.
As Bay Area poverty shifts from cities to suburbia, services lag
The workers catering to the Hamptons’ super-rich: ‘this is not paradise for me’. Among the women paying $1,000 for a massage and the men lounging in $100m homes in the billionaires’ playground of the Hamptons is a largely unseen, mostly Latino, workforce toiling all summer in order to survive the winter
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Perhaps if a jurisdiction hasn’t got tens of millions for transit infrastructure it could still come up with funding for something like this: a car-sharing service accessible to lower income working people. Why not mix such a thing into a broad mobility strategy, even as an interim step?
See also: (487) Ridin’ poor no more
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