The Weekend Catch-Up: Apparently Fewer People Will Live in SF by 2060

A new report from the California State Department of Finances shows SF’s population shrinking by at least 25,000 individuals from now until 2060.

There’s no denying that San Francisco hasn’t experienced the pandemic rebirth and population boom other American cities have. (Though like we’ve said in various hues and shades and contrasts prior: San Francisco’s livability and economic model were by no means sustainable before 2020, and the Covid-19 health emergency catalyzed a transition to a more endurable future.)

No matter what happens to SF, it will still remain one of, if not the most, gorgeous, spellbinding large metro in the United States. There’s even an entire gallery exhibit currently on display that eloquently and effortlessly proves this. 

However, according to the most recent “County Population Projections (2020-2060)” report from the state’s department of finance, around 25,000 fewer people will be residing within that beauty come 2060, representing nearly a 3% decrease in SF’s current population of about 870,000 people.

“It’s going to be hard to get back to [pre-pandemic] levels just because we’re continuing the demographic trends,” Andres Gallardo, a Department of Finance demographer, told the San Francisco Chronicle in light of the report’s publishing. “We see low births. We see low migration.”

But, to be honest, seeing a child in San Francisco is already akin to finding a rare Pokémon. And we’re OK with that; they can move here when they’ve fully matured and become sexually liberated.

What else happened over the Outside Lands Weekend (which we’re going to recap soon)? Let’s take a look.

  • An alarming number of black bears are being struck and killed by cars near Lake Tahoe. In the past five weeks, there have been at least twenty reported bear fatalities and seven more injured due to vehicle collisions; there are only an estimated 300 bears in the region — and it’s becoming quite clear that increased tourism and traffic to the area is detrimental to Lake Tahoe’s at-risk black bear population. More info.
  • Maui’s fires are now the deadliest wildfires recorded in modern U.S. history. The death toll from the catastrophic fire is now at 99 lives… with that figure expected to grow in the coming days, even weeks. More info
  • Is the cult-like following behind Burning Man dimming? For the first time in recent memory, there is a surplus of tickets available to this year’s Black Rock festivities. More info. 
  • A landlord tries (again) to Ellis Act a property largely made up of longtime senior renters. Michael Campesino has continued his inhuman ways of trying to evict vulnerable residents from property he buys, this time at a six-unit building at 2920-30 25th Street; he’s reportedly offered $40,000 buyouts to these residents — a sum that would just be about one year’s rent for a one-bedroom apartment at current market prices — but all but one have taken it; the rest of the tenants intend to “fight to stay [there],” like 55-year-old Daniela Estrada. More info.

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