Saturday, May 16, 2015

San Francisco's Ethnic Diversity is Shrinking, New Study Says

While the American population is said to be increasingly getting more diverse, San Francisco's ethnic diversity is shrinking, a new study says. 

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, a recent study says that if trends continue, San Francisco is headed in the opposite direction. In fact, the report from PolicyLink, a research and advocacy organization in conjunction with a University of Southern California program, says the white population in San Francisco is on a steady increase. Read more here:

This is a cause for concern, according toFred Blackwell, CEO of the San Francisco Foundation, a community advocacy organization, the article above continues.

Another news article quotes Sarah Treuhaft, director of equitable growth initiatives at PolicyLink, a national social equity organization with an office in Oakland,“While the Bay Area economy is booming, rising inequality, stagnant wages and persistent racial inequities place its long-term economic future at risk,” which is revealed by the data of the PolicyLink report, done in collaboration with PERE (the Program for Environmental and Regional Equity at the University of Southern California). - Read more here:

Specifically, one place in San Francisco is exerting efforts to improve its diversity situation which in the long run will boost its economy.  Market Street in San Francisco's historic Tenderloin district is being groomed as "a futuristic Internet enclave," according to a CNBC report. The facelift for the long-neglected Tenderloin began in 2011. With Twitter considering a move south to Silicon Valley, Ed Lee, San Francisco's tech-friendly mayor, established a plan to keep the microblogging site in town and at the same time revive a lengthy stretch of Market Street that featured boarded-up buildings and a storefront vacancy rate of 30 percent. - Read more here:

The ethnic diversity of a place does affect urban planning as well. An excerpt from "Manifesto for an Intercultural Urbanism," reads:
"Here in America there’s still a significant "diversity deficit" in our thinking about urban planning and design. Champions of mainstream urbanisms are increasingly aware of this deficit. Robert Steuteville suggests that New Urbanists "need to work on their appeal to working class and minority groups." He calls for a "populist" urbanism that reaches beyond the creative class of white, educated young professionals."  
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