How the Tech Industry Could Fix Gentrification


We’ve previously written a bit about gentrificationparticularly in San Francisco and usually from the perspective of the people being pushed out of their neighborhoods.

TechCrunch writer Kim-Mai Cutler has a different perspective, one from inside the tech industry. And although she has no problem with the infamous Google buses, she does take issue with the way tech culture has “changed from one of ‘service’ to one of ‘changing the world,'” and she urges the industry to take responsibility for the shifts it’s causing:

So controversial as it is to say, Google needs to start thinking about the entire Bay Area as a company town. They are one of the few entities here that has the capital and political clout to influence development across the entire region.

Lauren O'Neal is an MFA student at San Francisco State University. Her writing has appeared in publications like Slate, The New Inquiry, and The Hairpin. You can follow her on Twitter at @laureneoneal. More from this author →