A young woman from a farm in Clovis with a white-collar job living in a higher-priced downtown loft is hardly front-page news. For decades, downtown Fresno has been an urban hub for art and culture. In recent years, it has blossomed into a metropolitan hot spot for millennials, artists, foodies and music-lovers – not to mention the massive crowds of baseball fans brought in by the Grizzlies.
While I’m happy to see downtown getting the attention it deserves, what I don’t like is this “cleaning out the garbage” attitude some have toward it. The growth is great but to just shoo away the residents who have called downtown Fresno their home for so many years is wrong.
Driving up rent without regard for the existing community is a disservice to Fresnans. (Yes, even people who live south of Herndon are Fresnans.) We cannot disregard our impoverished neighbors who deserve a home just as much as yuppies flocking to the newly renovated lofts.
I hope in the future The Bee will spotlight some of the issues that come along with this “revitalization,” including thoughtful ways of helping the destitute, who spend their nights sleeping in doorways along Van Ness.
Natalie Tieche, Sanger