"Over the past twenty years, San Francisco’s Mission District has radically changed. Especially since the first dotcom boom in the late nineties, the neighborhood has seen its rents increase tenfold. The average rent for a 1-bedroom in 2016 was $3,733. Additionally, many longtime small businesses have been forced out by rising rents and the district has been hit by an epidemic of resident evictions.
Many of the artists who once lived in the neighborhood have also been displaced due to the outrageous and unaffordable hikes in rents to the area and the eviction epidemic. It’s been truly heartbreaking to watch so many people who have spent years working hard and investing in the community be forced to leave because, while they have plenty of creativity, energy, and love for the neighborhood, they don’t have enough money to keep their homes, small businesses, and community-based organizations.
The Clarion Alley Mural Project (CAMP) has used public art as a force for those who are marginalized and a place where culture and dignity speak louder than the rules of private property or a lifestyle that puts profit before compassion, respect, and social/economic/environmental justice."
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