What’s wrong with gentrification?

Refugees from the Sixties counter-culture in San Francisco have been blockading ‘Google buses’ in protest at ‘gentrification’. What’s their beef? Simon Wilson investigates.

What’s going on in San Francisco?

The city has been making headlines globally as a high-profile example of how income inequality and ‘gentrification’ – where richer folk moving into areas push out or marginalise the poorer ones who already live there – are fuelling popular discontent, with protestors regularly blockading 'Google buses' – private buses that take well-paid technology company staff from their homes in the city to Silicon Valley, 40 miles to the south [...]

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