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"My glass looks half empty." One reader's powerful response to Gary Kamiya's essay on SF's changes:

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Gary Kamiya's essay "San Francisco Is Dead. Long Live San Francisco" in our May issue has provoked an outpouring of reactions, the vast majority of them positive. But reader Ron Winter, a 23-year Mission resident, had a different response to " The Change , " to use Kamiya's phrase for the economic forces rocking the city. Winter, who works with an anti-eviction group and is working on a book on the subject, wrote a thoughtful response, which—with his permission—we're reprinting below: During the dot-com boom in the late ‘90s, a friend of mine with AIDS was Ellis-evicted, wound up on the street, and died homeless. Being the private person he was, none of us knew before it was too late. He was just one hapless victim of the boom that identified San Francisco to the world as a “Sanctuary City for the Rich,” if you recall the sidewalk stencil around the Mission a few years ago...

Full article: http://www.modernluxury.com/san-francisco/story/my-glass-...

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