When Dotcoms Move In

There goes the neighborhood, upended by rising real estate prices. Some residents are fighting back

Even the most stonehearted landlord might have shed a tear or two when Bayan Jamay somberly led her final dance class last Tuesday night. Jamay had been a teacher at the Dancers' Group studio in San Francisco's Mission District for 22 years, long enough to watch her pupils raise children of their own. "This is like a family," said Jamay, dressed in black and weeping with a student on the stairwell. "I never dreamed I would have to stop teaching here."

Dancers' Group lost its lease because it couldn't afford to pay the minimum rent increase: a whopping 400%, to $15,500...

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