“I know that it’s people like me that started this shit show,” wrote tech worker Chris Tacy in a 2013 essay. “I was part of the gentrification that started the whole trend of startups being centered in this neighborhood. I sold a company at the height of the dot-com boom and I did my part to turn San Francisco into the playground for the rich and educated that it’s become.” In the short, pointed piece “Douchebags like you are ruining San Francisco,” which was eventually syndicated to Gawker’s Valleywag site and widely shared, Tacy chastises fellow members of his startup community for not integrating with the longtime residents in the city’s Mission District. He then offers his personally tested advice for not being such an awful human being. Or maybe not being so damn conspicuous about being such an awful human being: I’ve had to start working hard to dress, look and act like I do not work in tech or startups when I’m out and about in the ‘hood. This way people still smile at me in the bodega, I still get to exchange jokes with folks waiting in line. I get to be treated like a human—not a… Read full this story
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