Would the neighborhood I am supposedly helping to gentrify also be the very same neighborhood where my grandparents lived on Sanchez and 15th in a crowded apartment with my great-aunt and her family until they were able to afford a place of their own--in the city they were all born and raised in Bernal Heights? Would that be the city to which my great-grandparents came from other countries and worked in as carpenters, firemen, postmen, municipal railway operators and bottlers? Would that also be the city in which my great-great-grandfather worked as a carpenter, helping to build it a-new after it had been mostly destroyed by the earthquake-related fires of 1906? That city? Would it also be the city in which my parents were raised and from which I was priced out back in the 1990s?
If that's what he thought, then he's a dumb-ass.
|Grandpa, Great-Grandma, Grand Uncle--SF, ca. 1930|