While San Francisco artists in residence are financially rewarded for dumpster diving, homeless people in West Oakland, Calif., are criminalized.
Over the course of the summer, a Hyperallergic writer attended two events in San Francisco and West Oakland hat were focused on city waste and the people who repurposed it. In this article, she reveals her findings.
Hyperallergic has the details:
In the midst of the housing and employment crisis in the Bay Area, intrepid laborers are making the best of the waste that the rest of us leave behind. Yet while one group of recyclers is valorized and financially rewarded for their efforts, another constituency is criminalized and harassed for simply trying to live. Where do we draw the line between art and trash, between good recycling and bad? The answer to this question is at the core of the battle being fought for the soul of the region.