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BEST OF: San Francisco’s Tech Gentrification Fissure

on Thursday, Jan. 2nd

The TurnStyle staff is on holiday break, so we’re revisiting a few of our favorite stories. 

Throughout 2013 there was  mounting tension between long-term residents of San Francisco and the growing class of affluent tech sector employees who now call the City by the Bay “home.” The latest flashpoint have been the charter busses used by companies like Google to ferry their employees from hip S.F. neighborhoods to company campuses on the Peninsula.

Our own Nishat Kurwa filed a story with American Public Media’s Marketplace on the tech gentrification of San Francisco back in March:

If you’re a young professional employed by one of the big tech companies, contemporary San Francisco is a carnival of delights. On a given weekend, you might choose from the soft opening of a high end neighborhood grocery store; a pricey music festival rollicking through landmark city parks; or a party for a podcasting startup at a tri-level downtown club. Thousands of tech workers live in vibrant neighborhoods like San Francisco’s Mission District, and commute in corporate shuttles to their jobs in Silicon Valley.

While these examples are based in San Francisco, there is a growing sense that the tech industry as a whole is becoming disconnected from the concerns of people who don’t eat, drink, and breathe computer code. In other words: look for this theme to continue this year.

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