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Earlier this month, Dancers' Group, a dance collective in San Francisco's mission district, recieved national attention when they "peacefully but illegally" took over their former long-time studio. Dancers' Group was forced to move out of their studio because of the rising price of real estate in San Francisco due to dotcom companies who are willing to pay above-market prices for office space as well as living spaces. Throughout Silicon Valley, long-time residents are frustrated with the inconveniences the dotcom industries have brought. ZDNet Columnist David Coursey summed up the feelings of the notcom residents, explaining that those working in the high-tech industry "have the backing to drive up salaries, driving up real estate prices, and displacing those already there who can't afford to pay." Historically low-income areas such as East Palo Alto and the Mission District are being regentrified to the point where long-time residents and businesses can no longer afford to stay, and teachers, police, and those working in not-for-profit sectors are not able to afford to live in their communities. Both San Francisco neighborhoods, including Haight-Ashbury and the historically gay Castro district of San Francisco, and sleepy suburbs like San Mateo and Mountain View have found the skyrocketing cost-of-living and dotcom culture has made it very difficult for these areas to maintain their unique characteristics, as dotcommers slowly encroach on their cities. While the rising cost of living in Silicon Valley has been an issue for several years, only recently have these communities started to protest.
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