The struggle of the music venue Sub Mission to stay afloat in San Francisco's Mission District highlights how rising rents, gentrification and excessive noise complaints are displacing artists, undermining cultural institutions and changing the character of US cities.
People must effectively wield their consumer power, which has for decades now been harnessed by corporations to consume the planet. It is time to recognize that what we eat and drink is a political act, and our consumption decisions could save us from climate disaster.
The hope for our collective survival in the face of a likely climate catastrophe has been vested in a combination of multilateral emissions rearrangements and national regulation. But the premise behind the core strategy must be debated.