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Hollow City by Rebecca Solnit
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Sep 09, 11

really liked it
Read in September, 2011

At first, I thought this book was going to be a whiny diatribe about how artists are some of the victims of gentrification. Although the book did share a number of complaints, it emphasized what we lose with gentrification. Gentrification isn't just about race and poverty; it's about vitality of thought. Creativity matters. It prevents environments from being sterile. I do not know a lot about San Francisco, but I do feel the city is falling off the map on the arts front. The "brand" of SF is that it's artsy and diverse, but when will the brand wear off? (A quick look at Census figures will really tell you something...)

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