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Remember “the rent is too damn high” candidate Jimmy McMillan from the 2010 New York gubernatorial race? San Francisco now tops rental rates in the nation, due in part to the influx of high tech employees to the city. I teach an “Intro to Online Journalism” course at San Francisco State University, where my students collaborated on a story exploring this issue.

Sixteen students paired up using their iPhones and DSLR cameras to do “man on the street” interviews with residents in the Sunset, Castro, Chinatown, Haight-Ashbury, Marina, Mission, Tenderloin and Bay View Hunter’s Point neighborhoods. We housed all of the videos on a “Meograph”, an SF-based multimedia platform that easily allows you to combine videos, maps and text on a story timeline.

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Generation Rent: How Our American Dream Is Different from Our Parents'

Owning a home may be a pipe dream for millennials. Here's how members of Generation Rent differ from their parents.

One of the most depressing news stories I've read in the last few years is one asserting that the Millennial generation will be the first to be worse off than their parents. This factors in salaries, health costs, and social security, but also our prospects (or lack thereof) of ever Owning A Home, that classic American declaration of independence. Recent numbers are sketching out a harsh reality: that our hopes of owning property may be unrealistic, and that we will become a generation of renters in the next few decades. Here are a few ways Generation Rent differs from their parents:

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