Former techie launched a garage coffee pop-up to meet neighbors
When I ask if he feels this recurring coffee pop-up is enough to mitigate his “transient-ness,” Upender rubs the bridge of his nose.
This is such a beautiful story of someone trying to build community, but the tone of the article is so frustrating.... He's stained with the "foreigner" label, and therefore he will never be good enough to MissionLocal, no matter how much he tries to do for the neighborhood.
The author is implicitly laying the entirety of the gentrification crisis at his feet through clever framing of the story, all because he had the courage to stick his neck out and try to do some good.
And then people wonder why some people just keep their heads down in their phones and mind to themselves....
EDIT: I mean, FFS, look at the kinds of questions the author asked him....
When I ask if he feels this recurring coffee pop-up is enough to mitigate his “transient-ness,” Upender rubs the bridge of his nose and pauses, thinking hard.
This author should know better than to force a brown guy to "answer for" having the audacity to want to live in a city he wasn't born in....
Those people who wonder how to make friends in the city should learn from this man's example.
Went to one of these last month and it was so lovely. Love that Anand is creating community this way! I’m inspired to do a small food pop up with them for charity and will be working on R+D so I can pitch it :)