Yesterday I took pictures at Lennar's San Francisco Shipyard development project. The shipyard looks much different from when I last viewed it in February 2015, on a "toxic tour" lead by the Bayview Hill Neighborhood Association. As I explore in my own work, the Lennar's "ecotopia" is complicated by the ongoing presence of toxic waste at the military base (even after it is fully redeveloped), and the ways toxic waste is displaced elsewhere, through the development project.
That evening I attended a performance by Guillermo Gomez-Peña, at a Shaping SF event on Valencia Street. That morning, we had all learned of San Francisco's election returns - Airbnb, after spending $10 million dollars on the campaign, defeated the Prop F measure. You can read a good piece on Prop F on KQED, here. It was a different performance that one I'd seen at UC Berkeley earlier that year - for good reason - he was more angry and sad, and it lacked the playfulness of his other performance. Rent in San Francisco for a single bedroom apartment averages somewhere between $3,500 and $3,800 - the highest in the country. For many people in San Francisco, ecotopia and technotopia are more of a dystopia.
"Notes from Technotopia: On the Cruelty of Indifference" is incredible to experience as a performance, but you can read a version of it here.