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PASS SoMa Ethnographic Tour


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Hello beautiful community! We would like to invite you to the Spring 2018 SoMa Ethnographic Tour! There is so much to explore and learn about in the South of Market (SoMa) Pilipinas Cultural Heritage District in San Francisco. Come join us on our journey to discover our Pilipinx community that lies in SF.

This tour will be led by Gene Alejo, a SOMCAN (South of Market Community Action Network) representative. The South of Market Community Action Network (SOMCAN) is currently working on SoMap, an app that identifies rent control buildings and soft sites or public spaces that can be used for future affordable housing. Currently, the City and County of San Francisco does not keep a legitimate record of these sites which also causes gentrification in neighborhoods like SoMa. Nonetheless, SOMCAN is collaborating with the City to keep a record of these sites.

To make this process faster, we need your participation in our SoMa Ethno VolunTour (EVT) and simultaneously volunteer to identify soft sites (potential affordable housing sites) and rent control buildings in SoMa. EVT including walking, stopping at certain sites, taking photos/gathering data, and activities will take approximately 2 hours.

Rent control buildings in San Francisco are most buildings that were built before June 13, 1979. Rental units in these buildings can only be raised 1.6% between 3/1/2018-2/28/2019. Tenants living in these buildings/units have cheaper rents than many market-rate rentals in San Francisco.

Reference: https://www.sftu.org/rentcontrol/

Soft sites are under utilized spaces including but not limited to parking spaces and empty lots. These sites need to be photographed, so it can be on the database of future sites for affordable sites.

In order to make EVT efficient, tour participants will be able to help take photos and record the addresses and intersections of such sites. In addition to the EVT route of exisiting sites in SoMa Pilipinas such as Natoma St., VMD Park, Bessie/FEC sites, and Lipi Ni Lapu Lapu, we as a group will take photos of rent control buildings and soft sites on the following streets: Clementina, Shipley and Clara streets.

Together, we will take pictures of these sites, not only to gather such data but also protect residents under rent control and help families stay in affordable spaces in our neighborhood.

Come be a part of this experience and join us in helping accomplish the mission of finding affordable spaces for families of our broader communities :)

To RSVP sign up at this link:

This tour is free for participants and the time of the event includes travel time to and from SF.

With Love,
PASS Youth Mentorship Component