|Demolition contractors are gathering.|
A passerby on his bike knew what he could do: launch a GoFundMe appeal for the residents. Zack Crockett thought he might raise about S2000. So far, the fund has collected over $110,000 which will be distributed through Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA).
Crockett is also sharing what he has learned of the lives of our displaced neighbors via the web site where he works, Priceonomics. At the link, he shares the interrupted story of Salvadoran immigrant construction worker Toni Segovia and of two young women whose families now wonder where they will end up.
The hard truth is that the Mission is no longer hospitable to the sort of naturally occurring community of low income renters which occupied that building. There are legal protections for the displaced people, but they are weak. And there are no protections for the small businesses that have scratched out a living in the odd corners of our streets.
The hyperlocal news site Mission Local, itself one of the displaced small businesses, has provided extensive coverage of this neighborhood trauma.