Heather Hiett
writing and fine art photography
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Heather Hiett blog

Heather Hiett's blog.

If you don't become the ocean, you'll be seasick everyday. - Leonard Cohen

You live out the confusions until they become clear. - Anais Nin

 

 

Good Luck, Bad Luck & Displacement in the Bay

The landlord sold the building. It’s in contract. Entities from Colorado and Canada are rummaging through our industrial, previously-overlooked section of Oakland near Fruitvale BART for buildings in which to grow pot. But it's more than that. The San Francisco Bay Area is experiencing displacement and homelessness in alarming numbers due to the skyrocketing cost of housing and the greed that accompanies it.

They took away the green compost bin a few days ago. Coincidental? I draw a parallel. A downward-slanting one. They’re saving money, let’s eliminate that! Who uses it? Passersby and drive-bys looking for a free zone to dump their trash. Yes, but also those who live here.

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