San Francisco 2.0 (2015) 1080p

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Directors: Alexandra Pelosi [Director] ,

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The invasion of the technology elite causes economic division and upheaval in the city of San Francisco.


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Some Franciscans

I thought this documentary started off really badly and only improved when former Labour Secretary Robert Reich made an appearance.

Reich makes it clear that gentrification affects many cities around the world be it New York, Vancouver or London and no one is sure as to how to deal with the disparity between the ever increasing wealth gap.

I have had the benefit of visiting San Francisco several times, I am well aware that people who work in the city live elsewhere be it Oakland or Mill Valley or some other nearby town. San Francisco is an expensive place to live in despite its hipster or bohemian or counterculture reputation.

San Francisco has a homelessness problem or what might be termed as panhandlers more because it has active ways in trying to deal wit the problem leading to administrations from other cities 'pushing' the homeless on to them.

I was well aware that in my last visit to the city that tech companies had offices in San Francisco itself, indeed my hotel was not far from Yahoo.

However it is unfair to say that tech hipsters have made the city affordable to live it. It was always an expensive city to live in, the new gold rush has just made it easy for developers to tear down old buildings and put new high rise buildings in its place with expensive swanky apartments.

Maybe San Francisco is affordable to the middle classes who could not buy a property like the former mayor in the city did in 1972, but buying a property in London is vastly expensive that it was in 1972.

At least the documentary made you ask questions which do not have easy answers but it took a while to get there.

Whiny woe-is-meism at its worst

Political crybaby Pelosi is a nut that didn't fall too far from the tree. This piece has ONLY liberal, bleeding heart trivets reporting on the issue of the gentrification of SFO. It's a slow lament of the death of the culture that was San Francisco, which really has gone away already.

This film gets one star for me because it's dishonest. It doesn't even try to present both sides. The only interviews are from ULTRA lefties like former mayor Willie Brown, Gov Jerry Brown, and super lefty Gavin Newsom. Ugh. Just those names should tell you the kind of film you're going to see.

The fact that they ignore is, that just as big corporations bussed talent from SFO down to Silicon Valley, so too are the poorer people bussed IN to San Francisco to work. Government meddling like rent control and minimum wage is artificially screwing with the economy and therefore the people.

It's hard to feel sorry for the sad sacks in this film who squandered their money trying to live in SFO when they had no income. There are plenty of great places in the USA in which to live that don't have fog, traffic, outrageous taxes, and stifling homeless populations like San Francisco. I just came from there and I won't be back. It's gone. No longer there. So get over it Pelosi and move to someplace that you'll love; like Russia or North Korea. You can have all the leftist rent control there you want. Just one thing missing: Opportunity.


One city, overhauled

The city of San Francisco has long served as the United States' epitome of counterculture and nonconformity. In the 1950's, it birthed the Beat generation of poets and thinkers, while in the 1960's and 1970's, it was a haven for the hippies and anti-war voices, as well as one of the most prominent voices and advocates for same-sex marriage. Even before all of that, it signed a bill that nullified the U.S. government's Prohibition law. In the 2010's, however, San Francisco's latest act to differentiate itself from the rest of the country is its technological renaissance. In the last few years, the city has been home to a plethora of startup tech companies and "business incubators," which are high-rise buildings that serve as shared workspaces for these startup companies to collaborate and get their business, website, or product off the ground.

Since the dawn of the decade, young entrepreneurs from all over the world have flocked to the city as a way to build their brand from the ground up. They've pioneered workstations that make full use of the relaxation concept, where anytime during the day, you can get up from your office chair and go get a massage, play with LEGOs, or simply grab a snack in the same room. This emphasis on comfort and recreation has attracted young people into shaping San Francisco into their oyster.

This, consequently, has left the countercultural customs, and, for that matter, anybody who isn't young, affluent, and privileged with the means and skills to form such a successful path, in a precarious and questionable position in present day San Francisco. In Alexandra Pelosi's short documentary San Francisco 2.0, Pelosi explores the destruction of middle and working class neighborhoods by the city of San Francisco in order to make way for expensive housing and buildings to accommodate this big business, in addition to restaurants, cafes, and businesses that will attract the young and wealthy in this neighborhood.

When the technological renaissance really began to take hold on people, San Fran Mayor Ed Lee offered tax breaks to companies in an area called "the Tenderloin," a crime-ridden, industrial area, which attracted many of these young people currently frolicking to the city. With that, the area was built up, and thereby gentrified, with 1,400 square feet apartments going for $10,000 a month. This has resulted in massive rich/poor segregation, says the famed economist and former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich, who almost always is the smartest person in any room. Reich comments how you've seen Vancouver, London, and other cities essentially become "gated communities" or playgrounds for the young and wealthy and, as a result, numerous have been singled out, unable to find employment or even housing in an area thriving off of new money.

A neighborhood shopowner and activist comments on San Francisco's new technological progress quite negatively, saying it has ushered in a new generation of antisocial, impersonal young people that have no conception to the culture and history of the city. We see corporations, who are attracted to the crowd because of the wealth of commerce and money they bring to the city, carelessly tear down murals and locational landmarks in favor of these antiseptic offices that feed the internet craze.

Then there's the element of the mass-evictions San Fran has been undergoing in recent years. Thanks to legislature and these construction operations, numerous people have been victim to "no- fault evictions," which basically mean they are being evicted because they do not fit in with the city's current plan to rebrand and recreate the area. We see a man in his early sixties, who went from being a wealthy banker boasting two college degrees and over thirty years experience, to somebody living in a cramped studio apartment, tirelessly searching for work to no avail, and eating at a soup kitchen in the evenings. It's a tragic circumstance that, sadly, has seen numerous people displaced from their homes and their jobs.

Pelosi, daughter of House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi, shows how the root of this problem is very simple; blinded by the technology craze and the countless possibilities, some even yet to be discovered, that social media websites and Silicon companies offer that they've created a city that doesn't cater to anybody other than the young and the wealthy. We hear from ex-mayors of San Francisco that in order for this problem to reverse, or at least go in an alternate direction, the gifted and intelligent people behind the doors of these lavish offices will need to look beyond those walls and see how they can help all people and not solely themselves and their companies (that is largely how the previous generations got us into the mess we're currently in). They will need to go from defying ritually accepted taxi and hotel regulations with companies like Uber and AirBnB, respectively, to find a way to be conscious of others in the area.

Pelosi's short documentary is a great film for those who thought the city of San Francisco was nothing more than coffee shops and unabashed sin; it's a city that could very well set a dangerous precedent for other big cities like New York City, Chicago, and Los Angeles if people don't realize what is currently unfolding. It's such a fascinating documentary, albeit burdened by a narration that's a bit too pedestrian and cheeky for a subject like this, that one wishes it could've added another forty minutes to its runtime to fully explore the issue and allow other voices to speak.

As it stands, however, it's a briskly edited and knowledge-packed wake-up call to realize what is going on in San Francisco and to try and do something about it.

NOTE: San Francisco 2.0 will air throughout the remainder of September and the entire month of October on HBO.

Directed by: Alexandra Pelosi.
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