From 1985: Professor DeLeon Discusses Gentrification in San Francisco

Thursday, August 21, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE -- Devin McCutchen, a UCLA grad student focusing on San Francisco history, recently unearthed a quiz titled “Has your neighborhood become upscale?” clipped from the September 19, 1985, edition of the Chronicle .... Political experts say San Francisco is likely to grow increasingly conservative as its population shifts — but conservative here will be unlike conservative anywhere else. “Political debates will become more concerned with ‘The City Beautiful’ and less concerned with economic justice, ” said political scientist Richard DeLeon of San Francisco State University. Whereas issues of gay rights and comparable worth have been liberal rallying points, political consultant Clint Reilly said the motto of San Francisco’s “New Conservatives” might well be: “Let’s hang on to what we’ve got. Let’s keep neighborhoods safe. Let’s keep fast-food out of the neighborhoods.”