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Chinatown's Vallejo Emery, a 32-unit SRO with 100-square-foot rooms, may be the latest front in San Francisco's gentrification battle. The property owner has served residents with eviction notices and hopes to attract young tech tenants thanks to the building's location near a corporate shuttle stop. The eviction notices have justified on the grounds that laundry hangs outside of unit windows, a practice that violates the terms of the building's leases. Affordable housing advocates say that the landlords are just trying to raise rents and are seeking $1,300 per month for rooms that used to go for around $550 a month. [SFGate]