By Laura Wenus : missionlocal – excerpt
Activists who have long tried to fight gentrification by opposing market-rate development and upscale businesses are now targeting new restaurants on Mission Street.
The latest focus is a tea restaurant planned for the site of the former Sapphire Photo store at 2761 Mission St. between 23rd and 24th streets.
A frequent opponent of new developments in the Mission has filed a request with the city to delay its conversion – one of nine similar applications for conversion to restaurant use along the Mission Street corridor.
“All parties should be aware at this point that the Mission community does not wish to see any more restaurant conversions on Mission Street,” wrote Rick Hall, an activist, in the discretionary review application he filed January 5…
It’s not that he believes that all restaurants contribute to gentrification – though the organizers do worry about over-saturation of restaurants on business corridors.
Hall said in an interview that he and other activists from a group of organizations called “United to Save the Mission” have dropped their opposition to some restaurants after meeting with the owner and determining that they will not be forces of gentrification. Usually, that determination depends on how expensive the menu will be, he said… (more)
As you can see by earlier posts, the restaurant business is fraught with problems regardless of the price level. Avoiding over-saturation of eating establishments could be an important component in maintaining a healthy environment for established places, while keeping the competition from wasting time and money on a losing proposition. Maintaining a balance could be the best way to protect all concerned.