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How Edgar Allan Poe Saved Ingrid, a Latina Addicted to Prescription Drugs

When You Realize It’s Okay to be Different

“You can’t expect things to just happen, you have to go out and get them.”  After nearly losing everything because of a severe addiction to prescription drugs, this 18-year-old decided to give life and school another shot. Ingrid Lopez, started with baby steps. She signed up for her first class and passed it in a week. From there, there were no limits. What inspired her? Dark, raw, poetry like the works of Edgar Allan Poe that remind her there is always someone who has it worse – and if they made it through, so could she.

Latinos Pushed Out of One of San Francisco’s Coolest Neighborhoods

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Latinos Pushed Out of One of San Francisco’s Coolest Neighborhoods

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San Francisco’s Mission District, known for its vibrant Latino culture might soon be a thing of the past.  A new study shows that the Latino population is increasingly being squeezed out of the neighborhood by steadily growing housing prices.

So, what exactly does that mean? Well, looks like the Mission District will experience a sharp decline in its Latino population over the next ten years.

READ: 13 People and Places Keeping San Francisco’s Latino Roots Alive

Wondering how it all came about? Let’s just say that the booming tech industry has plenty to do with. As it turns out, the skyrocketing rent costs have been attributed to the Silicon Valley’s rapid growth in the tech sector, according to Mashable. The boom has ushered in a new class of wealthy workers.

But, not all is lost. Looks like city representatives are looking to address the gentrification problem, and they’ll need a solution sooner rather than later. If an agreement isn’t reached between the city and the big developers, the Mission’s culturally rich and diverse population could be wiped out.

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