The richly diverse populace that make San Francisco the big, colorful ball of wonder it is has changed over the years. The big city’s seen great fortune or big trouble depending on who you ask. For those developing apps and jumping onto tech-driven marketing teams, the city by the sea has evolved into a strange west coast paradise—or at least in narrative theory anyway. It turns out the tech crowd isn’t settling in as well as the media tells you they are, as the dreaded word “eviction” is in no way limited to those just getting by. “Paris of the West” is kicking out everyone.
That’s the story coming from nonprofit Anti-Eviction Mapping Project, who partnered with location intelligence and visualization engine CartoDB. Together, they sourced stats everywhere, from Zillow and San Francisco Rent Board to American Community Survey and census data, and they gave us the new truth with killer interactive design to get the point across and stay with readers.
“The story of evictions is complicated. We wanted to look at a lot of different factors affecting it and look for correlations.” – Andy Eschbacher, data scientist at CartoDB
Jumping into their many maps, you initially drum up the impression that either everything is a contributor or nothing is. But you begin to see how eviction rates plow through neighborhoods and demographic groups, spilling curious moments of, “How can this be?” For instance, 67% of San Francisco’s 2015 evictions took place in areas of high rises and high incomes. That’s not exactly what you’d expect from the supposed metro pulse of our country’s tech mecca. But while it’s a lot of factors at play, the starry-eyed landlords who think they can get more than they are stick to a problematic reputation of responsibility.
It’s a lot of exceptional reporting told the way it’ll resonate. Dive into the beautifully visualized research at AntiEvictionMap.com. You can also watch creator Erin McElroy explain how legislation and urban trends have got San Francisco to this point below.[via FastCo Design]