San Francisco, CA, United States
May 10th, 2014
About this event
From the gold rush to counter culture to the tech boom, San Francisco has always been at the epicenter of innovation. It's a unique place that houses a complex, innovative startup ecosystem for entrepreneurs as well as a robust social services infrastructure for those less fortunate. As disparate worlds collide on street corners or philosophically over heated debates on Facebook, we are witnessing the creation of a continually changing, inimitably eccentric history in real time.
At the geographical heart of these shifting tides is Market Street, a major thoroughfare that splits the city diagonally and connects San Francisco Bay to the hilltops of Twin Peaks. Tourists, tech geeks, crack addicts, gay rights advocates, hipsters, people who are a combination of all of the above -- many indiscriminately call this important artery home.
As tensions arise between future-facing tech companies and pre-existing residents who can't escape their past, can Market Street prove itself to be a successful corridor for gentrification? How can technology and civic innovation help this transformation occur in a responsible way that benefits everyone in the community?