@MozSF hosts community events weekly, e.g. Homebrew Website Club http://indiewebcamp.com/2013hwc3
Unfortunately that NYT op/ed is crap and full of misleading prose.
E.g. Starbucks in Hills Plaza closed in 2008:
Mozilla didn't move in until 2011:
The two events were unrelated in contrast to the op/ed's implication.
The question is, is this innocent mischaracterization on the part of the author, or willful deception to push a particular agenda?