My friend Ariel is blogging again and she's pretty funny. Here's what she said about a Whole Foods entering the Haight.
Gentrification, Old Paper, and Dancing Teenagers
"I’m reading a lot of blogs and articles about this impending opening, many of which criticize its potentially gentrifying effects. I have two responses to such critics. 1) The Haight has already been gentrified. It’s called Cole Valley. And it’s glorious. If I look out my window right now, I am guaranteed to see a lot of strollers and a lot of North Face. 2) Gentrification is exactly what this neighborhood needs. I mean, I want to collect all of the weed-smoking, dog collar wearing 16-year-olds and Jerry Garcia mourning, dog-owning crazies sitting on Haight Street, with their cardboard signs that say “Need $$ for Weed,” shove them into Whole Foods, and tell the former to go back to their parents in Marin, and the latter that the sixties are over. Call me unsympathetic, but this is what happens after living in this neighborhood for almost five years."