December 31, 2008

Residents of Racist Red-State City Complain About Too Many Unruly Blacks Moving Into Their Whitebread Neighborhoods
— Ace

The city? San Francisco.

As more and more black renters began moving into this mostly white San Francisco Bay Area suburb a few years ago, neighbors started complaining about loud parties, mean pit bulls, blaring car radios, prostitution, drug dealing and muggings of schoolchildren.

In 2006, as the influx reached its peak, the police department formed a special crime-fighting unit to deal with the complaints, and authorities began cracking down on tenants in federally subsidized housing.

Now that police unit is the focus of lawsuits by black families who allege the city of 100,000 is orchestrating a campaign to drive them out.

"A lot of people are moving out here looking for a better place to live," said Karen Coleman, a mother of three who came here five years ago from a blighted neighborhood in nearby Pittsburg. "We are trying to raise our kids like everyone else. But they don't want us here."

Update: San Francisco proper has succeeded in driving out half its black population already, so that explains the influx to the suburbs. And yet those tolerant Bay Area liberals seem to have the "Keep moving" signs out.

Thanks to someone2.

Provisional Semi-Correction: Iceman claims that Antioch is not really a true suburb of SF -- too far away to be a real suburb -- and also says it's not really "lefty."

I dunno.

I do know, as that other link notes, that half of the black population has been driven from SF proper via gentrification and soaring rents and anti-business statutes that make it hard for people to earn a living.


Posted by: Ace at 09:11 AM | Comments (133)
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1 It's still ironic since it's in the "tolerant" bay area, but Antioch is about 45 miles away from San Francisco and really nothing like it culturally...

Posted by: Jay at December 31, 2008 09:15 AM (9yoto)

2

Turnabout is fair play and such.  Section 8 ruined the neighborhood in Northeast Philadelphia whence I grew up.  While I was growing up.  We were called racists then, for complaining or mentioning the quite obvious problems or attempting to Petition the government.

So, to the Bay Area - in general - fuck you, in the ear.  I hate you with the white-hot passion of 10,000 suns.

Posted by: Alec Leamas at December 31, 2008 09:16 AM (AlKlj)

3 Damn you Booosh!!!1!!!!111111

Posted by: joeindc44 at December 31, 2008 09:16 AM (QxSug)

4 If only these blacks would weat baseball hates backwards.  Then they'd be uber-cool.

Posted by: buzz at December 31, 2008 09:18 AM (kwhut)

5 Complaining about "loud parties, mean pit bulls, blaring car radios, prostitution, drug dealing and muggings of schoolchildren?"  Sounds like someone doesn't appreciate diversity. 

Posted by: joeindc44 at December 31, 2008 09:20 AM (QxSug)

6 If only they were more like Barack or Will Smith, you know, clean and articulate.

Posted by: huerfano at December 31, 2008 09:20 AM (knHvu)

7 I love the smell of irony in the morning.

Posted by: C in Az at December 31, 2008 09:20 AM (R71L5)

8 Antioch is most definitely not San Francisco. But there is enough bat-shit crazy influence that leaks out of SF and Oakland that Antioch probably votes "progressive" a fair amount of the time.

As for #2, it's really not fair to tar the whole Bay Area with the brush we should reserve for the head loons in San Francisco, and their union brothers in Oakland. Although I got the hell out of there when it got too insane. So, yeah, maybe you are correct.

Posted by: NJconservative at December 31, 2008 09:22 AM (nwJit)

9

I bet they would have no problem with that fat bastard Bernie Ward moving in...

"loud parties, mean pit bulls, blaring car radios, prostitution, drug dealing and muggings of schoolchildren"

Black people do this?

Well, isn't it wonderful that the Federal government got involved and moved people who exhibit this tremendously good behavior to good suburbs?

That is one of the benefits of a centrally planned economy, great ideas and great people.

Posted by: Sen. Gov. E. Buzz Miller, PhD at December 31, 2008 09:22 AM (sf4Oe)

10

I live in Contra Costa county, though not in Antioch or anywhere near it.

Antioch used to be an old Delta town, but in the 90s it became a new bedroom community for SF commuters. I know a couple of SF cops that live there.

But in the last couple of years, the Contra Costa Housing Authority had the SUPER idea of giving Sect 8 vouchers to blacks from the Richmond housing projects. For those of you who don't live here, Richmond is the 9th most violent city in the ENTIRE UNITED STATES.

Needless to say, the young families that had put down $600,000 to buy a nice new house in Antioch really didn't like having the insanely violent Richmond "ghetto life" transplanted into their town, and said so.

As Michelle Malkin says...."Raaaaaaaaaaaaaaaccccccisssssssst"

It ain't racism, homeboy. It's the mainstream middle class telling to ghetto thugs to fuck off. And these Antioch homowners are NOT backing down.

This fight will not go away.

Posted by: Scott at December 31, 2008 09:24 AM (AKLAg)

11 Antioch is in the Bay area but I wouldn't call it SF adjacent. A lot of the people in the area are retired military.

Posted by: A Plover In Every Pot! at December 31, 2008 09:24 AM (dxwRh)

12 What kind of people do you think Federally subsidized housing is going to attract?  Is this surprising?  And I'm not referring to the fact they're black as there are plenty of people in all colors of the rainbow who behave exactly the same.

Handouts usually lead to feelings of entitlement mixed with shame and helplessness, which lead to bad behavior.  That's just how it is.  Not always, but usually.

Posted by: cranky-d at December 31, 2008 09:25 AM (B7yCT)

13 "The city? S   a        n       F r         a n c      i  s    c   o    ."

Much as I hate to do it, I must point out

that Antioch and Pittsburg are some cons  iderable distance away from San Francisco.

I have not lived there in quite a while but my recollection

is that both are not cultura  lly similar to SF.  (It seems to me that they are more redneck that lots of redn  eck places, due to

 the refineries (petroleum, sugar), shipping   and such around Martinez.)

http://tinyurl.com/7bs3js

{Idiot breaks for idiot editor}

Posted by: Larry Sheldon at December 31, 2008 09:26 AM (OmeRL)

14 Antioch may be in the Bay Area but it's really part of the USA unlike SF.

Posted by: Patrick Joubert Conlon at December 31, 2008 09:26 AM (aTKKI)

15 There is this belief in urban planning that each community should have low cost housing and section 8 housing. No, thank you.

Posted by: A Plover In Every Pot! at December 31, 2008 09:27 AM (dxwRh)

16 "Federally subsidized housing".............aka 'slum'.  And I'm not being racist.  Locally a brand new housing complex (subsidized) was built.  Big ballyhoo in the press with all the politicians getting their pictures taken.  Warm and fuzzy stories of people finally getting a chance to 'move out of the slums'.  One year later, GUESS which housing area generates the most calls to 911?  GUESS which 'subsidized' housing unit has the greatest amount of damage and vandalism?  Funny, don't recall any politicians getting their pictures taken standing next to gang graffiti, damaged interior walls, broken door frames.  My tax dollars at work.  These bleeding hearts could use some advice my parents gave me.  If you have nothing invested in a something, you've got no incentive to take care of it.  You just want more, after all it didn't cost you anything.

Posted by: GarandFan at December 31, 2008 09:30 AM (237hA)

17


Saying anything against the purveyors of the "thug life", according to Rev. Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, PhD, Assholes, is totally white racism against poor blacks.

This shit gets promulgated through out our educational system, media...

And the result: stupid people and stupid ideas and violent maniacs getting away with murder, literally.

Posted by: Sen. Gov. E. Buzz Miller, PhD at December 31, 2008 09:32 AM (sf4Oe)

18 This problem, like all the others, will disappear in three weeks.

Posted by: eman at December 31, 2008 09:32 AM (b/iBs)

19 San Fran Nan will be on this like stink on shit, just wait.

Posted by: mikeyslaw at December 31, 2008 09:34 AM (QMGr1)

20 As more and more black African American renters began moving into this mostlywhite uncharacteristically narrowminded, conservative San Francisco Bay Area suburb a few years ago, neighbors homeowners who've been known by S.F. authorities to vote Republican started complained loudly and incessantly using racist terms about loud parties, mean pit bulls, blaring car radios, prostitution, drug dealing and muggings of schoolchildren.

In 2006, as the influx reached understandable African-American status-seeking diaspora reached its peak, the police department formed a special military-style crime-fighting unit to isolate problem areas racially profile against non-white residents deal with the complaints, and. Authorities began cracking down on tenants in federally subsidized housing by harassing them, denying them their First Amendment rights to free speech, denying them free assembly, penalizing them for their choice in canine companionship, and arresting them for consensual sex for mutually agreed-upon remuneration.

Now that police predominantly white paramilitary unit is the focus of lawsuits by black ambitious, hardworking African-American families who allege the city of 100,000 white people is orchestrating a campaign to drive them out unjustly leveraging its financial power to force them back, psychologically shackled to an inescapable legacy of slavery, into poverty-ridden ghettoes. 

"A lot of people industrious, virtuous, respectable, self-reliant, honest, clean, good-looking African Americans are moving out here looking for a better place to live," said Karen Coleman, a mother of three who came here five years ago from a blighted neighborhood in nearby Pittsburg. "We are trying to raise our kids like everyone else. But they the white, racist, hatemongering, Republican, Christian-in-name-only country-club power structure don't want us here."

Posted by: railwriter at December 31, 2008 09:34 AM (nwEiU)

21 #18.
awesome!
oh yeah.  I think I am going to steal that line.
I can't wait to stop paying for my gas and mortgage.

Posted by: joeindc44 at December 31, 2008 09:35 AM (QxSug)

22 I can provide a graph linking this to Global Warming. A mere $10 plus S&H, and it's yours.

Posted by: eman at December 31, 2008 09:37 AM (b/iBs)

23 I'm no fan of the populous of San Fran but...

When you read the kinds of activities that come with the new neighbors is race really a factor?

If you're an inconsiderate jerk hosting loud late night parties while you're endangering the lives and limbs of those you live near by keeping vicious dogs, gosh I think I'd want you gone.

Pointing to the color of your skin is not really an adequate defense for being a complete jerk.

Posted by: The Haimster at December 31, 2008 09:37 AM (hOsjH)

24 >>It ain't racism, homeboy. It's the mainstream middle class telling to ghetto thugs to fuck off. And these Antioch homowners are NOT backing down.

Can't say it better than dat!
(Is homeowners a typo,Scott?) thought so.

Posted by: sickinmass at December 31, 2008 09:37 AM (/i4dU)

25 Cool! Israel flatten a mosque in Gaza that was being used for rocket attacks.

Posted by: A Plover In Every Pot! at December 31, 2008 09:38 AM (dxwRh)

26 When some of the worst projects in Hartford were done away with, a lot of the people from those areas moved into 'nicer' parts of the city, like my old street. They liked the safer neighborhood, but did not really understand what made it that way. So they initially behaved the same as they always had, with the loud rap music at ungodly hours of the morning, public drug dealing, and other uncivilized shit of that nature.

They had to be educated on how to live in a better neighborhood, and this education often involved a visit from the cops. Most of them did get with the program and became entirely tolerable. They were not 'driven out' on racial grounds. The very notion is retarded and retrograde.

That people should think they are being 'driven out' of an area because their neighbors insist on having a safe, quiet place to live is beyond the pale. They need to be laughed at and relentlessly cluebatted into Realityland.

I mean, come on now....muggings of school children? Fuckthewhat??

Posted by: lauraw at December 31, 2008 09:39 AM (DbybK)

27 Pointing to the color of your skin is not really an adequate defense for being a complete jerk.>>

wha....?  where have you been. 

Posted by: joeindc44 at December 31, 2008 09:39 AM (QxSug)

28

 Complaining about "loud parties, mean pit bulls, blaring car radios, prostitution, drug dealing and muggings of schoolchildren

 

Who's afraid of gun tottin drug dealin pit bull walkin child

muggers. Me!!

 

Posted by: norryrr5 at December 31, 2008 09:40 AM (IF2pc)

29

If you're an inconsiderate jerk hosting loud late night parties while you're endangering the lives and limbs of those you live near by keeping vicious dogs, gosh I think I'd want you gone.

Lotsa white people think that this is the essence of being black;  ipso fatso, if you don't like pittbulls gnawing on your toddler as Snoop Dog plays at defeaning levels at 4 A.M., you're a raciss'.

 

Posted by: Alec Leamas at December 31, 2008 09:40 AM (AlKlj)

30 This couldn't happen to a more deserving city . . . put out the word and encourage every derelict and social parasite in the country to move to San Francisco.

Posted by: rplat at December 31, 2008 09:44 AM (Qrnps)

31 These homeowners had a disproportionate response.  

Posted by: polynikes at December 31, 2008 09:44 AM (m2CN7)

32

"Needless to say, the young families that had put down $600,000 to buy a nice new house in Antioch really didn't like having the insanely violent Richmond "ghetto life" transplanted into their town, and said so."

It would have been nice if they had showed a bit of solidarity a decade or so ago when it was other people's neighborhoods being ruined.  Our house was worth but a fraction of those 600K houses, but it was ours, and my parents bought and paid for it with their earnings

Posted by: Alec Leamas at December 31, 2008 09:45 AM (AlKlj)

33 Ace, look at the story carefully. Some of the people complaining are blacks. Everybody has a right to complain when folks come in and bring their disgusting habits with them. It's not a race thing, just a quality of life issue. These people move away from their hellholes and then turn their new neighborhoods into hellholes from which they want to escape. Talk about a cycle of hellholes.

Posted by: indga at December 31, 2008 09:48 AM (sw11I)

34 This couldn't happen to a more deserving city . . . put out the word and encourage every derelict and social parasite in the country to move to San Francisco.>>>

Uh, this has already happened when their homeless population went up when they started giving an allowance to anyone claiming to be homeless.  The public libraries are basically homeless shelters now.

Posted by: joeindc44 at December 31, 2008 09:50 AM (QxSug)

35

Antioch, at least 10 year ago when I lived close to there in Clayton for 25 years, was considered "East County" as in Contra Costa.  It's politics at the time were more "Red State" Central Valley in nature although many commuted to San Francisco and Oakland for employment. 

Having lived in Mexico from 1998 until 2006 and in Central Texas for the last two years, one fact remains constantly evident.  As population density increases dependency on government increases.  Independence seems, in part, to rely on isolation from a clammering hive culture.  Although a libertarian republican, I do believe something must occur to reduce global population density. 

Major wars, economic depressions, and epidemics have served this process historically. 

Sadly, that's probably going to have to occur again.

I'm old enough to hope it doesn't happen to me and mine again as it did the '40s and before until I'm gone.

My wife and I have replaced ourselves; that enough. 1x1 is about at far as I want to go with fruitful multiplication as it relates to the earth's human populace without new galactic horizons.

Posted by: RiverRat at December 31, 2008 09:53 AM (RpON0)

36

 It's not a race thing, just a quality of life issue. These people move away from their hellholes and then turn their new neighborhoods into hellholes from which they want to escape. Talk about a cycle of hellholes.

Yeah, but the point to be made is that a lot of limosine lefties only think paying people to ruin a neighborhood is a bad idea if it is theirs.  The idea was a bad one, whether the neighborhood to receive these people is a blue collar, white one (racists!!!), or the more affluent kinds of places like SanFran full of proggs.

Posted by: Alec Leamas at December 31, 2008 09:53 AM (AlKlj)

37 Antioch is a suburb of San Francisco in much the same way that Asbury Park, NJ is a suburb of NYC, distance and demographics-wise.

Or if you're from Boston, Antioch is kind of like Lynn, but farther away from SF than Lynn is from Boston.  (I can't think of another comparable shithole town in Massachusetts that's a comparable distance away.)

Oh, and #2, fuck you right back.  Even the rare SF conservatives like myself don't really like you East Coasters very much either.  And when you come here to visit, stay the fuck to the right on the escalators so the rest of us can walk up.

Posted by: Alex at December 31, 2008 09:56 AM (fgyj8)

38 Antioch here I come!

Posted by: Hurricane Katrina refugee at December 31, 2008 09:58 AM (ao5cQ)

39 Oh, and #2, fuck you right back.  Even the rare SF conservatives like myself don't really like you East Coasters very much either.  And when you come here to visit, stay the fuck to the right on the escalators so the rest of us can walk up.>>>

Same back to you slack ass, non-east coasters.  WTF, how hard is it to stand right, walk left.  When is that part of the country going to fall into the ocean anyway?  Thanks for all the SanFran hipster douche bags, take them and American Apparel back too.

uh oh, is this a coast to coast flame war starting?

Posted by: joeindc44 at December 31, 2008 09:59 AM (QxSug)

40

"Oh, and #2, fuck you right back, duude.  Even the rare SF conservatives like myself don't really like you East Coasters very much either."

You're not doing it right.  Fucking laid-back California ne'erdowells.  And unless you're living among them like Jane Goodall or something, I can't shed a tear for you.

P.S., it was mostly 'cause I don't know how close Antioch really is to SF, so's I used my verbal scattergun and hit you all.

"And when you come here to visit, stay the fuck to the right on the escalators so the rest of us can walk up."

Yeah, we're known for lallygagging.  Just for that, I ought to move there and take the whole fucking place over with my wisecracking, fast talking ways.

Posted by: Alec Leamas at December 31, 2008 10:03 AM (AlKlj)

41 Who is representing the plaintiffs, the ACLU?

Posted by: PJ at December 31, 2008 10:10 AM (fyFnu)

42

     "And when you come here to visit, stay the fuck to the right on the escalators so the rest of us can walk up."

Yeah, we're known for lallygagging.

I tell you, that couple months I spent working in the Prudential Tower in Boston last year made me want to shove some motherfuckers down those Prudential Center escalators after a couple of weeks.  Never knew New Englanders were so lazy.

Of course, the assholes who built the Prudential Center are kind of at fault too, for making those escalators too narrow to pass anyone on.

I do miss that gumbo at Legal Sea Foods for lunch, however.

Posted by: Alex at December 31, 2008 10:11 AM (fgyj8)

43 East Coast Morons vs. West Coast Morons: it's just like Biggie vs. Tupac, except with Valu-Rite and dead hobos.

Posted by: Dave J at December 31, 2008 10:15 AM (xHFvH)

44

Let's not have a coast vs. coast war, OK? SF Libs suck even more than Boston, NY or DC Libs suck.

That said, understand the full story behind this: San Fransicko leftists, who claim to be "progressive" and humanistic, "gentrified" their neighborhoods, and, with Section 8 welfare payments, exported their ghettos out to the exurbs, of which Antioch is one.

Antioch is one of those places that people seeking affordable homes and a safe place to raise their families fled to, away from San Fransicko. Until this happened.

This is about the long arm of San Fransicko coming out to get them. We can run from the leftists, but we can't hide.

Posted by: Curmudgeon at December 31, 2008 10:16 AM (ujg0T)

45 Democrat politicians require large populations of poor people dependent on government handouts to keep them in office.  Therefore wrecking neighborhoods and destroying communities is a feature, not a bug as far as they are concerned. 

Posted by: Trimegistus at December 31, 2008 10:18 AM (lhQzd)

46

Residents of Racist Red-State City Complain About Too Many Unruly Blacks Moving Into Their Whitebread Neighborhoods

Er, don't you mean Blue-State City? Or were you talking commie-red, in which case you are correct?

 

Posted by: Wally at December 31, 2008 10:24 AM (M5yOh)

47

Enough slamming the east and west coasts.  Although I must say that when the rest of the country exported all of it's hippies and fruits in a Mariel-styled campaign that ran through the 60's and 70's, you really fucked California...

Anyhow, this isn't about race.  It's all about ghetto thuggery being forced into established society, and established society saying "Fuck this!".  The fact that it's happening within commute distance to SF and Berkeley seems ironic, but that's if you paint all of the Bay Area as nutcases.  Guess what, the squeaky wheel gets the media grease, but it doesn't mean that a whole lot of us aren't resisting.

It's like the rest of the world looking at America and saying "Gee, they've all finally come to their senses now that obama has been elected"...Well, it wasn't all of us that voted for that little fuckweasel.  A whole lot of Californians feel just as hijacked in our lives locally as we all now do nationally.  It doesn't feel good, does it?  Well, that's the life we've led here.  Doesn't mean we quit.  So quit painting us all with the liberal brush.  We're all fighting the same fight.  The good folks of Antioch are simply pushing back.

Posted by: Uncle Jefe at December 31, 2008 10:25 AM (j3YxI)

48 And Happy Fucking New Year, Morons.

Posted by: Uncle Jefe at December 31, 2008 10:25 AM (j3YxI)

49 To give it some scale, without annoying the drainbammaged editor here, it is about 50 miles from San Francisco to Antioch--about 30 from Chicago, IL to Gary, IN.

And about 500 years, in each case.

Posted by: Larry Sheldon at December 31, 2008 10:29 AM (OmeRL)

50 Democrat politicians require large populations of poor people dependent on government handouts to keep them in office. Therefore wrecking neighborhoods and destroying communities is a feature, not a bug as far as they are concerned. Posted by: Trimegistus Indeed.

Posted by: eman at December 31, 2008 10:30 AM (Ldz6Y)

51 What? Someone doesn't like "loud parties, mean pit bulls, blaring car radios, prostitution, drug dealing and muggings of schoolchildren?" Sounds like the Politics of Fear, if you ask me...

Posted by: CoolCzech at December 31, 2008 10:30 AM (iafWn)

52 Bu there is Hope, Folks: fear for the upper class whites driving their Audis to Starbucks for their Lattes with their Apple laptops next to them. Hope that they will soon all move to gated communities. Of course, those who cannot afford to live in gated communities will soon be derided by these same folks as "racist bigots" for having the very same complaints.

Posted by: CoolCzech at December 31, 2008 10:33 AM (iafWn)

53 But there is Hope, Folks: hope for the upper class whites driving their Audis to Starbucks for their Lattes with their Apple laptops next to them. Hope that they will soon all move to gated communities. Of course, those who cannot afford to live in gated communities will soon be derided by these same folks as "racist bigots" for having the very same complaints.

Posted by: CoolCzech at December 31, 2008 10:34 AM (iafWn)

54

There were racial convenants in the Seattle area up to 2007.  My old neighborhood was about 96% white and the political signs were at least 10-1 Dem.

Easy to preach diversity... just do not ask them to practice it.

Posted by: AndrewsDad at December 31, 2008 10:35 AM (C2//T)

55

So these 30 something metros are living safe, outside the ghetto war zone and then they get a Big Fuckin Surprise, some of the fallout drifts into their lawn.  I love it.

That's what you fuckers get for patronizing "Yo-MTV Raps". 

Yo yo, how you livin, Gangstas?  Betta truck the 9 to keep yo bitches and babies secure, dogs.

BTW... if you thought property values were sinking before, they're about to sail up shit creek in a chickenwire boat.  Run for your lives, LOL.

More diversity, please!

Posted by: LFMayor at December 31, 2008 10:42 AM (Ge7CK)

56 Bwahahaha!

Still waiting to hear from the poor rubes in flyover country looking to pop a cap in their neighbors' asses in 5, 4, 3 ......

Posted by: Poor Rube in Flyover Country at December 31, 2008 10:47 AM (3Bqev)

57 I live in the   fly over state of West by God Virginia and I want to bust a cap in my neighbor but that's only because it's my ex mother in law not for any other reason.

Posted by: Tee866 at December 31, 2008 11:01 AM (zSzrz)

58

Waylon Jennings just doesn't sound right at 3:30 a.m.  Diesel is still to high to roll the combine through the trailer park much extra, coon dogs and beagles aint mean to nobody anyhow.

This job thing cuts into a lot of my free time, too.

Posted by: LFMayor at December 31, 2008 11:05 AM (Ge7CK)

59

Fuck off, LFMayor.

It ain't a bunch of 30 year olds; if you read the article (and understand the area) you'll see that they quote a black gentleman as well, who's upset about what's happened to his town; it's not a bunch of metro libs. 

By the way, sounds like you got the lingo down pretty well.  Probably wear baggy pants that hang down around your knees, ballcap backwards like obama...

Posted by: Uncle Jefe at December 31, 2008 11:05 AM (j3YxI)

60 Well, that's mighty White of them.

Posted by: Harry Callahan at December 31, 2008 11:08 AM (WQqt3)

61 LFMayor ain't worth the time. Peanut-dick asswipe.

Posted by: eman at December 31, 2008 11:08 AM (Ldz6Y)

62 These people move away from their hellholes and then turn their new neighborhoods into hellholes from which they want to escape. Talk about a cycle of hellholes.

So low rent blacks are kinda like Islam in  the West?

Posted by: shibumi at December 31, 2008 11:13 AM (tZB/c)

63

Get bent.

Yeah, he's upset.  Mail service probably lost his last welfare check in the move.  But you'll be all open arms when they're next door to you, eh?  Just keep rationalizing, it will work out fine...   ask those folks over in Houston if you're really curious.

 

 

Posted by: LFMayor at December 31, 2008 11:16 AM (Ge7CK)

64 >>Or if you're from Boston, Antioch is kind of like Lynn, but farther away from SF than Lynn is from Boston.  (I can't think of another comparable shithole town in Massachusetts that's a comparable distance away.)
Alex,
To the North we have Lawrence and to the south Brockon.  They qualify for shitholes. Maybe it wasn't a clear day from the Pru. That shit steams on the horizon.
Oh..that's 'chowda', not gumbo! Because I have had a crush on You, It would give me utmost pleasure to ship you some chowder from Legal. Serious! Happy New Year!

Posted by: sickinmass at December 31, 2008 11:19 AM (/i4dU)

65

Long but worth the read:

http://tinyurl.com/6ln5ys

Posted by: Entropy at December 31, 2008 11:21 AM (m6c4H)

66

It's not a race thing, just a quality of life issue.

Eh, it's probably both now. If a bunch of people from the same ethnic group come to town and many of them are behaving poorly, it's human nature to generalize. I'd bet there will be times when they are too tough on someone because he's black and go easy on some white guy who's doing something wrong.

Human nature should be criminalized!!1! That will solve everything...

Posted by: MamaAJ at December 31, 2008 11:22 AM (X6Zdh)

67

What gets me is the imbeciles who believe that moving a bunch of welfare queens out of high crime areas into low suburbs will make typical suburbanites out of them.

High crime areas have a lot of crime because of the people who live in them are more likely to commit crimes.  Move these people elsewhere, and of course the fucking crime will follow.

Posted by: Hollowpoint at December 31, 2008 11:22 AM (plsiE)

68

LFdumbfuck...are you so stupid as to not be able to comprehend what you read?  Or does it just feel good to spout comments barely skirting the edge of racism?  Or both?

 

Posted by: Uncle Jefe at December 31, 2008 11:28 AM (j3YxI)

69

Gigs up, you found me out, i never had a chance when i squared off against you.

Racist!?!  Next you'll be telling everyone I'm a homophobe and that I don't believe in Global Warming, either.  Or I kick puppies.

Then I'll be an outcast, doomed to wander between the winds and never welcomed to a major urban center with Decent People again.    Hell, they might even cancel my country club membership and not even return the balance of my greens fees.

Posted by: LFMayor at December 31, 2008 11:38 AM (Ge7CK)

70 Antioch 15 years ago was known for it's Meth. [sniff] Well it was when I lived in the East Bay [sniff]

Posted by: InlandE at December 31, 2008 11:40 AM (RH/7q)

71 Can't speak to the state of affairs in 2008, but I do know that 8 years ago, rental properties east of SF proper in places like Walnut Creek and Concord were off the charts.  I rented a one-bedroom efficiency working out there for $2800 a month.

Posted by: Dave in Texas at December 31, 2008 11:41 AM (VEBC3)

72

#67 Hollowpoint: Actually, when you consider the ideology that states that welfare queens in high crime areas are always and forever "victims of institutional racism" it makes a lot of sense.

This program isn't an accident, this is an agenda. "They moved away from the Left's "progressive" expiriments? Why, the Left will show 'em--by exporting their ghettos out to them.

Posted by: Curmudgeon at December 31, 2008 11:45 AM (ujg0T)

73 Gotta go along with the "federally subsidized housing-aka slum" remark above.  Or, if not right away, certainly later. 

Posted by: jean at December 31, 2008 11:51 AM (GeOoq)

74

This program isn't an accident, this is an agenda.

"Comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable" used to be the slogan.  No one ever seems to challenge the self-appointed comforter/afflictor about how comfortable he is.

Posted by: Alec Leamas at December 31, 2008 11:58 AM (AlKlj)

75

As a Racist and product of Antioch.

You can watch the "Black part of Town" spread.  Look for the bars on the windows.

Posted by: Snivelling Twat at December 31, 2008 12:11 PM (E3ea4)

76 LFMayor will next explain the slums found in England in the 19th century.

Posted by: eman at December 31, 2008 12:14 PM (Ldz6Y)

77 Welfare queens are not the whole picture---little, old grandmas  in elderly subsidized housing are another component.  Ex-con, or gang member grandson has no place to go so grandma takes him in because she has a steady income. No matter that she's not supposed to, who cares and who checks as long as the rent is paid.! Beginning of the end. 

Posted by: jean at December 31, 2008 12:14 PM (GeOoq)

78 LFMayor, cockholster by any other name

Posted by: Frank G at December 31, 2008 12:14 PM (P0rQD)

79 Iceman is right.  Having grown up in the Bay Area, I can tell you that Antioch is about as far removed from SF thinking and mores as Bakersfield is.

Posted by: Pigilito at December 31, 2008 12:15 PM (U2TXr)

80

DaveinTex,

The rents are still high in Contra Costa or Alameda counties, but not like they used to be. You could get a decent 1 bdrm for a grand a month now, maybe 1200 if you want a pool and no gunfire outside. Still higher than a lot of the country, though.

As for the east vs. west liberal cities debate, I left the boston area to come back to Cali 5 months ago. You Massachusetts-ites  can suck my left nut. If it weren't for Dunkys and the Sox, we should nuke it. Boston is just as liberal as loony San Fran, with shitty, shitty, shitty weather. Fucking cold long winters and muggy summers. It's 55 and sunny in the Bay Area today, how is it back east?

Damn, but New Englanders are some rude, fat bastards, too! Peter Griffins everywhere!

Posted by: Log Cabin at December 31, 2008 12:22 PM (TDkUV)

81 Log Cabin speaks the truth. CA is no loonier than MA, but has much nicer weather, hotter babes, and much more to offer. CA just needs a mass migration of incoming Conservatives. 500,000 would be a good start

Posted by: eman at December 31, 2008 12:33 PM (9jESx)

82 Antioch is no more San Francisco than Richmond is. 

Antioch used to be the extreme rural fringe of the Bay Area, but they bet the farm (so to speak) on growing into a 'real' suburb.  Now they're turning into East Pittsburg (Pittsburg being the - what's the euphemism - 'working-class suburb'? - just to their west.)


Posted by: mrkwong at December 31, 2008 12:40 PM (G8Eo0)

83 Or better yet, eman, a mass flight of outbound liberals.  Back to Mass. and other parts from whence they came...

Posted by: Uncle Jefe at December 31, 2008 12:40 PM (j3YxI)

84

Log Cabin speaks the truth. CA is no loonier than MA...

You might want to work on your sales pitch a bit.

Posted by: Hollowpoint at December 31, 2008 12:41 PM (plsiE)

85 eman - unfortunately, we also have Jerry Brown.  We thought we'd cut off his political testicles a quarter-century ago, but the scumbag has crawled back to life.  If that sack of shit gets elected Governor again I'm not quite sure what I'll do. 

Posted by: mrkwong at December 31, 2008 12:44 PM (G8Eo0)

86

San Francisco is drifting toward being an upper-middle-class city

This is a bad thing?  I lived on the Upper East Side for a year and the Lower East Side for three and anyone in their right mind would rather live among middle class people of any stripe anywhere, OK, yes, almost anywhere.  Shalom

Posted by: 7HEAVENS at December 31, 2008 12:48 PM (F+W/s)

87

57 I live in the   fly over state of West by God Virginia and I want to bust a cap in my neighbor but that's only because it's my ex mother in law not for any other reason.

 

But she is also your aunt cause you married your cousin, right?

Posted by: Not John Denver at December 31, 2008 12:59 PM (8nB5X)

88 San Francisco is drifting toward being an upper-middle-class city

Hell, the city is drifting towards a model like you see in India, with a caste system of residents.  Except instead of having, what, 5 different castes, from the supreme level all the way down to the untouchables, San Fran only has the uppermost caste and the lowest caste, with nothing in between.  

Posted by: Ken at December 31, 2008 01:08 PM (2mbxe)

89 What is this "escalator" thing you big city queers keep talkin' about?

Posted by: Empire of Jeff at December 31, 2008 01:10 PM (mJY7W)

90 "You could get a decent 1 bdrm for a grand a month now, maybe 1200 if you want a pool and no gunfire outside. Still higher than a lot of the country, though." I dunno. My son's apartment on Shattuck in Berkeley is $2600 per month. It's nice, but not THAT nice.

Posted by: Bob's Kid at December 31, 2008 01:11 PM (ZG16a)

91

Just so long as I am in the upper caste!

(Was that elitist?)

Posted by: Log Cabin at December 31, 2008 01:12 PM (TDkUV)

92

Bob's kid,

Berkeley is pretty high (in all senses of the word), even for the Bay Area. I was thinking Walnut Creek or Concord or even Vallejo. If you can actually see the skyline on a clear night (Marin, Berkeley, Oakland) the rents are higher.

Posted by: Log Cabin at December 31, 2008 01:15 PM (TDkUV)

93 It's not a race thing, just a quality of life issue.

Exactly. And it boggles my mind why people insist on making it about race or ethnicity when it's really about middle-class homeowners and low-income renters who aspire to be middle-class and who are clueful and responsible enough to improve their status with a little assistance, versus the socio-economic class colloquially known as "trash." And for the low-income renters of ANY race to successfully assimilate into respectable middle-class lifestyles, it's necessary to weed out the trash elements with diligent policing, even if this means that Persons Of Color will in some cases be "disproportionately affected."

Posted by: Throbert McGee at December 31, 2008 01:16 PM (tdnmJ)

94 I see your Jerry Brown and raise you Deval Patrick and Ted Kennedy.

Posted by: eman at December 31, 2008 01:16 PM (9jESx)

95 "If you can actually see the skyline on a clear night (Marin, Berkeley, Oakland) the rents are higher." Indeed. I think I'll stay here in Sacramento, where I pay less than half what he does for a whole house!

Posted by: Bob's Kid at December 31, 2008 01:26 PM (ZG16a)

96 Trashy people multiply and spread like and infection. Would you put a person infected with TB in a room fully of healthy people and expect that it would make the sick person get better, and be stunned if the healthy people got sick? This story is really not about race. It is about rich shitty people and poor shitty people working the system. The decent people of all stripes get the shaft.

Posted by: eman at December 31, 2008 01:27 PM (9jESx)

97

Folks, I work in and for the city of San Francisco. I have for years. I moved to SF in 1973 and lived there until 1999 when I was essentially driven out of my neighborhood my an influx of "homeless" and "homeless youth" who drove us all nuts and were a social disaster.

In the 1990s, when the dot com boom hit here, we had an influx of thousands and thousands of "young, hip, tech savvy" boneheads who came here from all over the country. Most had college degrees in such vital areas as English lit, Sociology, Ethnic Studies, Women's Studies and other critical fields.

When the dot com went bust, the leftards stayed here and took jobs at Starbucks with all the other losers. They also registerd to vote.

Over the last 10-12 years, this city has been ruined. Our ever "progressvie" excuse for a city government has instituted every nutcase idea the "progressives" could come up with. Banning plastic bags, more and more taxes on business, mandatory health insurance, a minimum "living wage" of $11.54 this year, draconian rent control, anti-car laws, etc.

Anyone who comes here can see the result. The rich live well as they always have. The working poor live in filthy slums in crappy neighborhood because "neighboorhood activists" fight every attempt to fix up the neighboorhood or build any new market rate housing. So, the slums decay and the poor illegally subdivide apartments to be able to afford them by sub-renting to others.

Driving here is impossible. Bikes are god, cars are evil. Whole lanes of major streets are being ripped out for bike lanes. It is impossible to build any parking garages, as this is a "transit first" city. Nevermind that the local bus system resembles Bolivia and you will likely sit next to a psychotic vagrant or a puking drunk. All it's missing is the chickens on the roof.

This city is 6% black. When I moved here, it was almost 20% black. They left as the black neighboorhoods deteriorated, the gangs became more and more violent, the schools turned to shit, etc. Middle class blacks left in DROVES. The other reason for the black decline is actually the result of the Clinton Admin's Hope VI public housing. Old projects were torn down and replaced with townhouse type dwellings, with a mandate to house X number of employed people. All the problem tenants were not allowed to move back into the new units, thus thousands of them were shut out and left.

I remember when they tore down the first two big projects. A cop friend of mine told me that crime in SF went down 30% just from the demolition of those two projects. Still today, about 80% of violent crime in SF takes place within six blocks of a project.

The white middle class is gone from SF. They were driven out by school bussing, filthy streets, filthy, dangerous busses, "the homeless", etc. Walnut Creek, Pleasanton, San Ramon and other suburban cities to the east of SF are now rich and prosperous due to the influx of SF's middle class.

The Asian immigrants still come here. They need the connection to the old country and its customs and languages, but their kids leave for the burbs like everyone else.

The "homeless" scam is a nightmare here. We have 8000 single adults on general assistance. No time limit, no rules. We have dozens of free shelters, free food, free medical care, free everything, all funded with local tax money. No wonder they come here.

Sorry for the long post, but I want you all to understand that not everyone here is a bad person, and not everyone like SF the way it is. We are, simply, outvoted by leftist retards who vote in the insanity we have today.

Don't let it happen to your town. If it does, leave.

Posted by: Scott at December 31, 2008 01:29 PM (AKLAg)

98 Here's for a Happy New Year upturn in the economy sooner than later!

The uber-rich neo-liberal ELITISTS will simply persist in boycotting any undesirables from THEIR neck of the bay, coastal hills or Sierra Nevadas. And the rich WILL profit from mass purchases of developed properties at pennies on the dollar during this crunch that's ruining the "middle class" stability.

The working class are already subjugated to horrific taxation to benefit the illegal aliens and the poor on welfare. There just aren't enough taxpayers in California to pay the neo-liberal progressive piper to keep the state's raft afloat now that the crash continues to crash. CA, for all of her natural beauty, is going down the shit hole fast.

Still hosting the New Orleans' Katrina refugees who won't work and won't go home, Texans can empathize with the working class frustrations of subjugation to neo-liberal uber-property taxation, watching neighborhood single family housing properties being confiscated by banks and then re-sold to unidentified investors who flip them into multi-family rentals against deed restrictions, and city officials turning a blind eye as crime rates soar along with tax rates.


Posted by: maverick muse at December 31, 2008 01:42 PM (F1b/5)

99 Scott, right there with you but I get by OK here.  Got a job paying enough to afford a house here, if I can find one and I don't get laid off next year.  I commute by motorcycle and have lived here long enough to know where to find street parking just about anywhere.  But yeah, I wish the stupidvisors would spend more time fixing potholes than regulating what Walgreen's can sell you, what kind of bag they can put it in, and what they can pay their employees.  The pain-in-the-ass "progressive" voters here are not just the young hipsters, however: aging leftover hippies make up a pretty big chunk of them also.

And there is somewhat of a black middle/working class here, but it's very small compared to other parts of the country.  Smart, educated, and upper-middle-class blacks who have their shit together actually don't like the Bay Area very much, because there aren't enough other blacks here like them to socialize with / date / etc. -- I've known a few who hated it here and were much happier in L.A., D.C., and New York.  (Though one guy I knew still liked it here better than Boston -- he once said "never again will I live in a state that starts with "Massa.")

Other posters have already pointed out that the phenomenon in the article is not a racial issue, it's a trash issue, and trash comes in all colors.

Oh, and sickinmass, thanks for the chowder offer, but you might have me mixed up with alexthechick, who I think might have added "thechick" to distinguish herself from me.  I keed, but I actually liked the folks in Boston just fine for the most part, as much as anywhere else I've been.

Posted by: Alex at December 31, 2008 01:51 PM (fgyj8)

100

Everything gonna be OK....when San Fran Nan learns about this she is going to provide low income housing

for all these people in downtown San Francisco.I heard she is also going to give them free stays in her hotels

and free meals in her restaurants and all they can drink from her winery.This will show people that she is a true liberal. By the way that 757 she flies from DC to san fran is going to stop and pick up po people and take them to

Posted by: norryrr5 at December 31, 2008 01:52 PM (IF2pc)

101 Our sister and her husband who is recovering from emergency surgery finding abdominal/digestive tract cancer yesterday are living in Antioch with a mortgage. Talk about horrible things happening at once. They owe as much again on their home as it is currently valued, so won't be able to sell to move down in order to face the coming expenses. We're concerned, having been through this ourselves 7 years ago, that his OSHA insurance will skyrocket even with him struggling to heal and unable to work until he heals, as happened to us. Top it all off with lay-offs; with things as bad as they are at present, I'm hoping that something will improve this coming New Year.

Posted by: maverick muse at December 31, 2008 02:01 PM (F1b/5)

102

Don't let it happen to your town. If it does, leave.

Yeah, that's the attitude! What are you going to do when there isn't anywhere else to go?

Posted by: jaleach at December 31, 2008 02:25 PM (gHrZU)

103

Turnabout is fair play and such.  Section 8 ruined the neighborhood in Northeast Philadelphia whence I grew up.  While I was growing up.  We were called racists then, for complaining or mentioning the quite obvious problems or attempting to Petition the government.

I just returned from my family home in Mayfair, Northeast Philadelphia. I was going reference it but you beat me to it.

Christmas night was great at Mom's house, except for the family two doors down, where loud fights over who disrespected whom broke out.

It's not new to most urban folk. Thirty years ago my parents had to pull me and my sister out of the neighborhood public school after an experiment with forced busing went bad. Worst part was my Mom taught at the school for 25 years.

It's an extremely sensitive issue. The dated, feel-good liberal slogans don't cut it. Most families who go through it know not to speak about it. Welcome to our world, San Fran. Keep your mouth shut.

Posted by: CJ at December 31, 2008 02:31 PM (XWJh5)

104

It's great that they overcame over there, just so long as they don't come over here.

Won't someone please think of the property values?

Posted by: Typical SF Resident at December 31, 2008 02:38 PM (LxjSI)

105 99.. OMG Alex! My bad.
Since the offer was made to "the chick", I couldn't possibly recind.
Those boots scare the hell out of me. ..Not the pair in last nights thread..
The other pair.
Alex the chick,
 On Monday I will post a code for you which you can use by calling their 800#, and chowda will be delivered STAT through Legal's Mail order system. I'm a giver.
Cheers.

Posted by: sickinmass at December 31, 2008 02:43 PM (1rflU)

106

"Don't let it happen to your town. If it does, leave."

Yeah, that's the attitude! What are you going to do when there isn't anywhere else to go?

Most families don't have the luxury to consider such cosmic queries. They just have to leave.

Posted by: CJ at December 31, 2008 02:45 PM (XWJh5)

107 " These people move away from their hellholes and then turn their new neighborhoods into hellholes from which they want to escape. Talk about a cycle of hellholes." That's not black; that describes uppermiddleclass white Democrats PERFECTLY.

Posted by: richard mcenroe at December 31, 2008 03:11 PM (LjaE8)

108 Read the chapter "Ants and Grasshoppers" in John Ringo's "The Last Centurion."

Posted by: richard mcenroe at December 31, 2008 03:14 PM (LjaE8)

109

What gets me is the imbeciles who believe that moving a bunch of welfare queens out of high crime areas into low suburbs will make typical suburbanites out of them.

But we bused their academically struggling kids into middle class schools and that made solid middle class students out of them.

Oh.

Wow, these social experiments are complicated.

Posted by: CJ at December 31, 2008 03:20 PM (XWJh5)

110

We left Contra Costa County 14 years ago and moved to a red (Southern) state. (Industrial business pushed out of the Bay Area due to environmental standards) In many ways it's been a hard adjustment I am a second generation Californian and so is my (X) husband. Our kids were born there. But so much of the state has gone to shit.  I have 3 siblings that live there still, and two of them want out BAD.  The state politics have been going downhill for years and just get worse. God, I just can't even believe Jerry Brown wants to run for the govenor again.  Talk about a one man dynasty! Y'all are right about San Francisco, it is now a city of the have and the have nots.  But it was going in that direction for a long, long time.  I fear that the whole state will be that in time.

Sorry, but I always thought Antioch was on the verge of being a shithole.  Sounds like the elites in SF, Oakland, Berkley used it as a dumping ground.

Posted by: small town girl at December 31, 2008 03:39 PM (CFcAU)

111

I just returned from my family home in Mayfair, Northeast Philadelphia.

Wissinoming.

I guess you don't read Philadelphia Magazine.  The Northeast was a wasteland of boring, working class white people (teh racsiss'!) who fled out of fear of wonderful, lustrous diversity.  Now that cops get shot at in the Northeast, it must be much more "interesting."

I actually have occasion to travel through the Northeast about once a week, and it breaks my heart each time.  What they don't understand - it's the loss of institutions and a way of life that hurts the worst.   

 

Posted by: Alec Leamas at December 31, 2008 03:43 PM (DqE5A)

112

Wissinoming.

Yo. I lived a few blocks from Wiss Park. Across from Frankford Ave.

I guess you don't read Philadelphia Magazine.  The Northeast was a wasteland of boring, working class white people (teh racsiss'!) who fled out of fear of wonderful, lustrous diversity. 

Is that the current issue, or overall? My boss said I have to read the current issue about a guy's return to the NE.

The tired, liberal portrayal of the NE would be the same as the tired, liberal potrayal of the suburbs. Boring and bland. Just a bunch of hard-working, taxpaying, sacrificing, family-supporting, non-complaining rednecks. Indeed, they afraid of diversity and all the benefits it brings.

Philadelphia has two pockets of taxpayers - the downtown, upper income childless professionals, and the blue collar dopes of the NE. They pay the bulk of governent social services used by the rest of the city, and the NE families flee as soon as they can.

Funny, the experience of Alec, and me and others I know is one of the great untold stories of 20th century America. Three generations of my family had to flee that once-proud city. Some of it's economic, most of its political and cultural. Eventually, conservatives are going to start telling these stories in public.

Posted by: CJ at December 31, 2008 04:07 PM (XWJh5)

113

Maybe the BLACK PANTHERS and NATION OF ISLAM will move there after all SAN FRANFREAKSHOW is the HQ to the CHURCH OF SATAN

Posted by: Spurwing Plover at December 31, 2008 04:27 PM (8t/JR)

114 There aren't any bad neighborhoods, just bad people that live in them.  You can tell the quality of the neighborhood by the property values.  Where property values are high or rising, that means that the quality of life is desirable in that area.  Where they are decreasing or low, people who look at quality of life do not want to live there.  And they do not want to live there because of the existing quality of life.

Every major city, including KCMO has neighborhoods that were low cost, low quality of life that have been taken back and are now desirable places to live.  It is the reverse process of downgrading a particular area - good people move in because it is affordable, they upgrade the property and take an active interest in the neighborhood and the local schools.  They call the police, they file protests when the police don't act, they form neighborhood watch associations and neighborhood action committees that fight the loud parties, mean dogs, drug houses and hookers.  Eventually the problems disappear because the problems move away and more people looking for a quality of life move in, rehabilitate a home and so on.

This is the reverse pyramid that grows slowly through the first two or three tiers then really takes off.  The same thing applies with the downgrading of a neighborhood, with the upright pyramid - the first couple of tiers takes a while then it really takes off.

On my many visits to San Francisco (my nephew lives there and my aunt lives in San Jose) the only thing that really sticks in my mind is Mark Twain, "The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco."

As to my many trips back east (I go to Maine about once every couple of months), the big item that sticks out about Boston (downtown) is the fact that it is virtually impossible to find a place that serves breakfast (eggs, meat, potatos), while you can get coffee and a donut or muffin in about four places every block.


Posted by: rls at December 31, 2008 04:44 PM (k4h7p)

115 What Alex said in #37. The escalator is like a freeway. Keep to the right unless you're passing.

Posted by: East Bay Jim at December 31, 2008 04:58 PM (pn8Yw)

116

In my experience in Cincinnati and Columbus, the terms vary including urban renewal, Downtown revitalization, neighborhood rehabilitation, etc. It's all gentrification, basically. I also have no problem with it. Get rid of the troublemakers and property value gets back to normal. The only problem with gentrification is that the troublemakers have to go somewhere and the area of town that suffers the most is usually the recipient of the dirtbags. It just goes round and round. I don't think there is any true solution to the problem, besides outright extermination of the libtards.

Posted by: ErikW at December 31, 2008 05:06 PM (hKtiw)

117 I don't have a problem but I do have a problem. See? That's nuance. Let it be a lesson.

Posted by: ErikW at December 31, 2008 05:13 PM (hKtiw)

118

Yo. I lived a few blocks from Wiss Park. Across from Frankford Ave.

 

The article (from a self-described 'white liberal' who drives a VW Bug) beats around the bush - the author falls back on the meme that 'this happens to all neighborhoods' and that he ought to control his sentimentality. 

The fact of the matter is, with the other neighborhoods, the shitcanning wasn't subsidized by the Federal Government and administered by a bunch of white liberal assholes trying to teach other adults a lesson about 'diversity' by ruining their communities.   

Posted by: Alec Leamas at December 31, 2008 05:17 PM (DqE5A)

119 Anything north of Pendleton is lefty by definition.

Posted by: Ostral B Heretic at December 31, 2008 05:21 PM (id7IM)

120

The article (from a self-described 'white liberal' who drives a VW Bug) beats around the bush - the author falls back on the meme that 'this happens to all neighborhoods' and that he ought to control his sentimentality. 

I KNEW my boss didn't get the real message when she recommended it to me. Which is annoying because she's works in conservative media relations.

The fact of the matter is, with the other neighborhoods, the shitcanning wasn't subsidized by the Federal Government and administered by a bunch of white liberal assholes trying to teach other adults a lesson about 'diversity' by ruining their communities

The same assholes also administered the same destruction of the schools, for the same reason. It was a comprehensive lesson.

 

Posted by: CJ at December 31, 2008 06:26 PM (XWJh5)

121 I lived in San Franfreaksco back in 87 and 88, when you could still own a gun, gay folks didn't stand on every corner complaining of how the rest of "straight America" just didn't get it, and the annual parades didn't feature some guy butched out like the biker queer from the Village People. From what I can tell these days  practically anything is a reason for someone to go out into the streets with a leather "biker" outfit, a whip shoved up their ass and a moustache that'd make a walrus proud. Freaks on parade.
That's a stereotype I know, but they (the SF Gay Community) were already making SF into the socialist center of the country. I was military and when I had to shoot a weapon or take someone to be familiarized with weapons, it required driving across the GGB and into Marin county to even find a firing range.
Even back then, SF was a city that was hostile to the military, unfriendly to families, and just all-around shitty. Not as bad as Oakland maybe, but sure as hell in the running.
I lived at the corner of 15th Street and California avenue, and that entire area, once the Presidio of SF, with its long military history, was turned over to the city, about $15 Bn worth of real estate. They wanted to build an AIDS hospital on the property. But they couldn't get enough people willing to move there to staff the hospital to take care of the SF assrammers and their pet disease/cause celeb.
Go figure,huh?
Guess who has his international HQ on the Presidio? Gorbachev, that's who.
And his communistic ass gets everything free and paid for by the Gubmint, that's us, as in US, and his sorry ass gets a free ride.
Sumbitch constantly criticizes the US and lives off the dole like a welfare bitch in the LA projects.
Bet some of you didn't know that, didja?

I enjoyed the year and a half I lived there, in the relatively safe and sane confines of the well patrolled and well ordered Presidio, away from the freaks, ass rammers and other denizens of Hanoi on the Bay.

I miss my friends and all that, but not really the city. Other than their decent aquarium, that place sucks ass, literally.

I used to live there, and I say the city is dying and needs to die. And its freak ass culture with it. When it's gone, good riddance.

That's my $.02.

Posted by: Enter sandman at December 31, 2008 06:44 PM (zxaA2)

122 The ONLY good things I associate with SF, Hanoi on the Bay, is the folks  I served with, and the people in the squad I ran at the language school. I can't tell you how much I miss the people In knew, but they weren't from SF and no one stayed around when their hitch in the service was up.
I think a couple of people I knew were originally from Cali and moved over around San Jose, but SJ has its own share of gangs and shit, and it's is pretty pricey there, too, at least it was back in the day. So, same- same. Right?
Bet that hasn't changed. Imagine paying for the privilege of living in a shitty, hostile city. Oh, that's right: Any conservative living in a major city in this country is living in a shitty, hostile situation because Libtards run/fuck up the cities.

Again, go figure.

That's why I live out in the country, in the South.

Posted by: Enter sandman at December 31, 2008 06:53 PM (zxaA2)

123

Jean 77 and Scott 97-

You are both dead on with your points. I live (17 years now) at ground zero of the town being referenced in the article, the same town being sued by the section 8 tenents being wound up by the usual suspects from the radical lawyers club. The article is old news, but pretty well spells out the end result of a town being overrun by a small segment of people you can only describe as a bunch of urban, disorderly, and occasionally violent hillbillies.

Racist my town ain't, and it's a whole lot more "micro-diverse" than the lefty towns closer to and including Frisco. This includes Mex-Ams, Filipinos, whites, and blacks who all live on the same block as me.

One bunch can (and has) ruined a whole couple of blocks in every direction.

The cops started to deal with it, after falling behind the curve..

And RLS at 114, your point on housing values is well taken and spot on. Due in some part to both overbuilding and the increase in disorder, my (admittedly overinflated at the top) crib is now down 60% from peak in mid 2005.

Happy New Year, all.

 

Posted by: Andrew at December 31, 2008 07:47 PM (VKG9j)

124

I guess you weren't running in the right circles, Enter Sandman. However, you have seen enough of the politics and freaks to know that the City is doomed...for a while.

The conservative Chinese (and they value hard work, education, family) will outstrip the gays, since the gays can't procreate.  Currently...

It used to be a patriotic town, before the hippie/gay Mariel boatlift that was the 60's and 70's. 

Thank you all for sending your refuse to SF.

Posted by: Uncle Jefe at December 31, 2008 08:31 PM (j3YxI)

125  

It would have been nice if they had showed a bit of solidarity a decade or so ago when it was other people's neighborhoods being ruined.  Our house was worth but a fraction of those 600K houses, but it was ours, and my parents bought and paid for it with their earnings. 

Posted by: Alec Leamas at December 31, 2008 02:45 PM (AlKlj)

They're 'do as I say, not as I do' NIMBY limousine liberals.  What'd you really expect?

And I must correct something you said.  The problem has been around a lot longer than a decade or so.  Go back to the '60's.  That's when it all started.  The Great Friggin' Society.  The infamous legacy of another Texan, but that one was a Democrat.

Back in 1978, I was a guest being driven by a friend's father, four of us heading to Canarsie, Brooklyn from Jersey.  They took a detour, just for me, to the old neighborhood, East New York.  The scenes I witnessed that day as we drove left my mouth agape, and were right out of the movies.  It was cold and overcast, with trash -- being hurried along by the wind -- strewn all about.  Every couple of blocks or so were 50 gallon drums, flames flickering, being used for warmth by a not very inviting number of shivering people.  Of course, busing from the early '70's (starting with Boston, IIRC).  But it all goes back longer than a decade or so, it goes back to that bastard, Lyndon Baines Johnson.

Posted by: RickZ at December 31, 2008 08:56 PM (7yEV+)

126 Yep, I love ABM systems, but I'm not going to complain too much when they shut down the one protecting this shithole.

Posted by: RayJ at December 31, 2008 09:10 PM (o2Td/)

127 I grew up in SF, spent the first 30 years of my life there, still live 30mi from the place and my wife has relatives there.  SF has always been kind of a liberal nuthouse, but up into the '80s, until the Board of Supervisors went to district elections, there were at least a few adults keeping a lid on things.

These days, of course, it's a joke.


Posted by: mrkwong at January 01, 2009 06:07 AM (G8Eo0)

128 I have lived in the Bay Area my whole life.  Antioch is definitely too far from SF to be considered its "suburb", unless by "suburb" you mean "that separate community across a 15-mile body of water".  And - Antioch is definitely part of the larger Bay Area, partaking of its general vibe of liberal pretentiousness.

The Bay Area is structured like this.  In descending order, SF, Berkeley, Santa Cruz, and maybe some Marin communities are the black holes from which the liberal pretentiousness emanates.  (Remember, if a black hole is sucking in matter, it gives off radiation as normal matter breaks down at the event horizon.)  But they're maybe 1,000,000 of the Bay Area's population of 7.5 people.  The rest of the area consists of communities with a separate identity from them, although heavily influenced by them, in the manner of a love-hate-we-are-we-aren't relationship.  Antioch falls in that zone along with many other communities.

Posted by: ellersburgwhoresonellis at January 01, 2009 07:20 AM (VO6hT)

129 sorry 7.5 million people

Posted by: ellersburgwhoresonellis at January 01, 2009 07:21 AM (VO6hT)

130 "tenants in federally subsidized housing" pretty much says it all. Anyone remember Cabrini Green in Chicago? Talk about a free-fire zone. The police station across the street had bullet holes all across the facade from shots fired from CG.

Posted by: chuck in st paul at January 01, 2009 03:01 PM (adr25)

131 Slums exist because trashy people exist.  You can't lift someone out of poverty when their own innate flaws and weaknesses are what put them there.  You cannot fix broken people.  You can help decent human beings who have wandered into a bad circumstance and are unsure how to escape it.  You can strive to create opportunities.  You can counsel and encourage.  You can help those who are already helping themselves.  But you can't do anything for or about those individuals who are determined to destroy themselves and everything around them.  Taking the dregs of society and scattering them about does nothing to make them better human beings.  It only ensures that the problems they create are as widely distributed as they are.

The only way to clean up a slum is to incarcerate those individuals who make it a slum.  Instead of pouring money into welfare, pour it into policing.  Build more prisons.  When the bad apples commit crimes, lock them up.  Get them off the street.  Keep doing this and over time the living conditions within the area will improve as the dregs of that society are removed from the equation.  The citizens of that community should be encouraged to exercise their right to keep and bear arms.  An armed society is a safe and polite society.  Thugs and drug dealers will have a harder time intimidating people who have the power to shoot back, and the blood of dead criminals makes an excellent detergent, washing away fear and hopelessness.

The difference between a poor community and a slum is the quality of the residents.  Without people, all you have are empty buildings.  Slums aren't a matter of economics or even geography, but of sociology, psychology, and criminology.  Solving the problem requires that the proper tools be applied in the proper way.  Be the rock upon which the bad apples break themselves.

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