Ron Miguel, a retired florist and native San Franciscan, can remember when a middle-class family could buy a home in the city without breaking the bank. But over the decades, he has watched that change.
“It’s bad for democracy,” Karlinsky said. “When you have concentrations of poverty, people growing up there have less access to other life opportunities. The same is true at the other end, as well. … We don’t want San Francisco to become Carmel, just a city of the most wealthy. Then we’re not a real city any more, we’re a boutique.”
Rich City Poor City: Middle-class Neighborhoods Are Disappearing from the Nation’s Cities, Leaving Only High- and Low-Income Districts, New Study Says ~ by Tyche Hendricks ~ San Francisco Chronicle ~ June 22, 2006