Google and Apple Buses Targeted in San FranciscoAdded: Friday, December 27th, 2013
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It seems that Apple and Google aren’t very popular with San Francisco residents. A few days ago protesters blocked buses operated by Google and Apple in San Francisco and Oakland in a backlash against the expanding tech industry’s impact.
Recently the protesters surrounded a corporate bus in the Mission district when it was picking up Apple employees in the morning and wouldn’t allow it leave for 30 minutes. Then a couple of Google buses in Oakland were also targeted.
The demonstrators explained that the protest was all about how the ruling class (the one becoming the tech class) fails to listen to the voices of people that are being displaced. They unfurled a banner saying “Eviction Free San Francisco” and were distributing flyers titled “San Francisco: A tale of two cities”.
Apparently, the buses have become visible symbols of so-called “technology-driven gentrification” of San Francisco, where young, well-paid tech experts keep forcing out poorer people. It is believed that city policies are too generous to the tech industry – in case a tech company threatens to leave San Francisco, it can get a nice tax cut. This is what Twitter has done one day.
The corporate bus idea was to ease traffic on the city’s clogged highways, and they also have nicer seats with Wi-Fi. But the protesters complain that the buses crowd municipal bus stops and remove potential customers from cash-strapped public transportation systems like local rail services.
They also point out that there has been no trickledown effect from the tech companies’ success either. Actually, rents in San Francisco have even surged, with the median rent on a 2-bedroom apartment increasing 10% over 2013 – up to $3,250. At the same time, evictions increased 25% to 1,716 in 2013.
December 27th,2013Posted by:
Friday, December 27th, 2013
|It's a damn shame prices and rent just keep going up|
and no jobs in most major cites. Now the white house
even cut back everyone food stamps. I'm from New York
and the same stuff is happening here to. People getting
angry and frustrated and hungry and I believe something
going happen pretty soon. I'm all for supporting American companies. But I say down with Apple-crap cause they
moved most of there manufacture companies overseas to
China and sell that Apple-Crap at high inflation rates.
|They also need to target their protests at the right people, the employees on the busses they are stopping are not the right targets. It's their elected officials they need to be targeting, to try and allow for more housing to be built which will in turn lower or at least stabilize rent prices.|
|posted by (2013-12-29 16:40:21)|
|To ZerlindaX you are confused it's congress not white house that cut food stamps.|
|apple is the most un-american company out there and americans shouldn't buy their products.|
a quote from jobs was he would never bring the manufacturing back to the states because he can't wake up a dormitory full of workers at midnite for a 24 hour shift and only give them tea and biscuit...
|posted by (2013-12-30 06:42:13)|
|protested was not where city planner studied....|
|THIS IS WHERE ALL OF THE "PRETTY" PEOPLE GET THEIR "PRETTY" I-PHONES, I-PODS, AND, I-PADS, WAKE THE F UP. YOU WANT APPLE TO SIT UP AND TAKE NOTICE? STOP BUYING ALL THE "PRETTY", "PRETTY" ULTRA RESTRICTED HARDWARE.|
|posted by (2014-01-02 07:41:09)|
|Corporations for profits are not going to do a darn thing about any issues that affects directly or indirectly their profits margins, The only ones that can do anything about it is the people, the government works for the people, so if you want something done about your future become involved and make your voted politicians do their jobs. #6 got the idea as consumers we also dictate who makes the money and who goes broke so think about it you the people can make a difference it is the only way but unless we get off this computers and start acting nothing is gonna happen. It is easier to pick the closest fruit from the tree but those bus drivers are not at fault they are just doing their jobs so they can pay the rent so they don't get evicted. Wake up before is too late and if you ask me it is too late.||
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