[sfbarentersfed] D5 Action: Help us save our homes from demolition!

Which part of the Save Midtown email do you believe to be inaccurate, Milo?

  I think our position should be to support building the mixed-income, high density buildings, but guarantee each tenant household will be given ownership of a new apartment, and their rent paid by the city government for them to stay in temporary accommodations no worse than what they live in now, during the construction.

  The residents say they were promised co-ownership, and according to a 2015 SF Weekly story, they are correct:

The Midtown Park Apartments, a block of unremarkable buildings in the Fillmore District, were built in 1964 atop land cleared during San Francisco's "Urban Renewal" projects. Transformations of Edwardian and Victorian neighborhoods into concrete blocks were hailed by anti-"blight" groups. Critics, like author James Baldwin, had another name for the improvements: "Negro removal."

At Midtown's ribbon-cutting ceremony, then-Mayor Jack Shelley waxed optimistic, calling Midtown a "successful experiment" on the way to "our ultimate goal...a home for all who wish to live in San Francisco."

The 139-unit, three-story project was unique in that it was financed by the city. Once the city's mortgage was paid off, the residents — members of a nonprofit cooperative — would own their places outright. "Own your own," as the original sales brochure hyped.


  According to the residents' website (savemidtown.org), "Mortgage on property residents did not own was paid off by Midtown Park in 2007 in hopes that the city promise and later a Board of Supervisors Resolution 070858 calling for a long-term ownership structure would come to fruition."

  The city government's promise to these modest income residents should be kept. Better a decade late than never. The eventual upgrade to newer, nicer housing than they were originally promised (if the building project goes through and they are given title to units therein) seems like appropriate recompense in lieu of paying them their backrent for the past 10 years during which time they already should have been owners.

Love & Liberty,
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